"I wish that being famous helped prevent me from being constipated." Marvin Gaye


A Note From Karen

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I want to welcome all of you who joined my list at the Women's Health Conference this past week.  I hope you find useful information twice a month via my newsletter.

Constipation can be uncomfortable, but it is also associate with other health problems. The interesting things is many people do not even realize they are constipated.  If you aren't going at least once a day, if not two or three times a day, you are constipated.  Your stools should be in the 3 or 4 range of the Bristol Stool Chart below the majority of the time.  If you are in the 1 or 2 range, you are constipated.

 

When you are not moving your wastes through your system quick enough, toxins reabsorb into your body, and it has to again be filtered through the liver. Your intestines are only designed to hold a few pounds of waste as it moves through your system.  When you are constipated, it can end up holding 10-20 pounds of wastes.  Want to lose that last 10 pounds?  It might be in your colon.  Deal with your constipation, and you might see the scale move. 


Lungs and Colon - Fall Detox Focus

The autumn equinox has just passed. With the decreasing daylight hours comes cooler weather.  Now is the time to reduce the consumption of cool foods and start eating warming, cooked foods.  Root vegetables like carrots, beets and even winter squash should become more prominent on your plate.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional holistic medicine of India, fall is the perfect time to cleanse and release the stored heat that the body has accumulated over the summer months. Otherwise, if the heat is not released in the fall, weight gain, poor digestion, fatigue, sickness, and flu is likely to occur in the winter months. Emotionally, if the heat accumulates in the body and is not released, nervousness, stress, and feelings of irritability and anger are likely to occur.

In Chinese medicine, there is a similar principle. The fall represents a time of release and letting go. In the fall, a detox typically focuses on the lungs and the large intestine. Every organ is related to an emotion. The lungs represent grief and sadness while the large intestine represents guilt and regret.

LUNGS: The lungs are vital when it comes to detoxing as you release so many toxins through your breath. The lungs are also necessary for the release of toxins through your skin. Plus, if the lungs are weak, the immune system suffers.

LARGE INTESTINE: If the large intestine (colon) is burdened with overgrowth of yeast, bacteria or pathogens, then toxins can recirculate and cause mucus build up in the intestinal wall.  The buildup can affect every organ in your body and your overall health. By clearing out toxic waste in the colon, you can reduce rashes, acne, skin problems, and improve the quality of your health. Roughly 95% of your serotonin - the happy hormone - is manufactured in your intestines. A healthy intestine means a happy you.

It is important to note that our bodies are amazing and do a fantastic job of detoxing wastes and toxins every day from our system.  However, focusing on assisting our organs do their job to help them keep up with the barrage of “junk” we put in and on our bodies, can help jumpstart our health. 


Tiny Tip

Drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day, can assist in moving the wastes through your intestines to avoid constipation.  Drink warm lemon water when you first get up in the morning. It can help stimulate your digestive system and get it working properly. 

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Resources

Registration for Revitalize Your Health Detox ends tomorrow.  Join to download all the materials you need, a guide, recipes, shopping list and more to do a 4 day prep starting tomorrow, 7 day detox and 7 day reintroduction to reset, re-energize and revitalize your health.
 
Download the free 10 Detox Approved Snacks. Upgrade your snacks to nourish your body between meals.  Snacks do not need to be processed foods and sugars. Protein balls, mousse, sorbet, puddings and more can be yummy, satisfying and healthy.
 
 
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