Nutritionist, Jenn Jackson, led our first crew of CoreCrossFitters through a 14 day cleanse process that began in early February. The feedback has been very positive. Participants reported improved energy, less joint swelling, diminished aches and pains, etc. As an added bonus, pretty much everyone lost weight as well as noted a much improved focus upon nutrition in general. Dave Palmer shared this:
We have decided to offer the program again with a few small changes. We are going to work with a nutritional supplement company, Metagenics, for the detox supplements and each participant will baseline their beginning body composition before the cleanse begins using a process called Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA). BIA measures your body fat in relation to lean body mass. A second BIA analysis will be conducted two or three weeks post-cleanse. The BIA will allow us to measure your progress as you work toward improving your health. The cleanse process will last for 10 days. Total cost for the cleanse, the detox supplements and the BIA is $199. Contact the front desk to sign-up at 602-254-5301.
So who needs a detoxification cleanse anyway?
Many cultures around the world have long believed that toxins accumulate in the body and can be an underlying cause of a variety of health problems. For centuries, different therapies have been used to “cleanse” or detoxify, from simple water fasts to sometimes elaborate regimens of bowel cleansing, steams, and saunas. Western medicine ignored or criticized these techniques for years, but has finally started to recognize detoxification as a vital body process. Research has substantiated that an individual’s ability to detoxify substances to which they are exposed varies tremendously, and the body’s capacity to detoxify these substances is of critical importance to overall health. In our industrialized world, we produce more and more potentially toxic compounds that find their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. The body must rid itself of these dangerous substances by transforming and then excreting them through the lungs, skin, kidneys, and bowels. Unfortunately, not all of them get excreted efficiently—some are circulated back into the bloodstream and others are stored in various body tissues such as fat tissue. This is in part due to the increasing levels of toxins we are exposed to, and may be exacerbated by a lack of nutrients needed to fuel the detoxification process. Over the years toxins can build up in fat, joints, the brain, and various other tissues, potentially leading to a variety of health issues.
A detoxification program supports the pathways in the body that help to reduce toxic burden. It includes recommended foods and beverages that contain the nutrients needed to help the body eliminate unwanted chemicals. We use a supplemental food product, mixed as a shake with fruit, that have been proven to assist the body with detoxification. It does this by providing the nturient that the liver uses to help remove toxins as well as by revving up the body’s natural chelating agent that binds to toxins and allows for their elimination.