By Abby Stanley, MS, RDN, LD
We’ve all been there – the holiday season flew by, January is here and you are struggling with the post-holiday food hangover. You immediately start searching for the latest quick-fix program to get you started on the right track – the latest diet, pill or “detox” program that promises instant results. “Lose 10 pounds in the first week.” “Feel better and more energized instantly.” The claims go on and on.
Although some may report feeling better or losing weight post-cleanse, this is likely due to a placebo effect or a large amount of water loss. Once the detox is complete, the fatigue, tiredness and weight all return. For some, the level of restriction found in these programs can even be dangerous and lead to serious side effects.
The truth is, our bodies are equipped with systems that help get rid of toxins and waste products naturally. These systems include: the liver, kidneys, beneficial bacteria in the large intestines, digestive acids and enzymes, and other support systems.
Here are four tips to help you reboot your system the healthy way:
1. Clean up your diet.
The first step is to focus on consuming whole foods as close to their natural state as possible. Aim to include five or more servings of vegetables a day to provide the nutrients and antioxidants necessary to support the body’s natural detoxification systems. Additionally, you may want to consider removing potentially allergenic foods, via a comprehensive elimination diet or lab tests which are available and can help identify specific foods you may be reacting to.
2. Support your digestive tract.
Give your digestive tract a boost with probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are foods with live and active beneficial bacteria in them and include yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. Prebiotics include any fiber-rich foods, making vegetables an important component to emphasize in your diet. Sometimes a probiotic or prebiotic supplement may be beneficial to get you on the right track. Check with your integrative or functional medicine professional for personalized recommendations.
3. Do NOT restrict calories.
This is the worst time to deprive your body of the energy and nutrients it needs to support your metabolism. Excessive calorie restriction, often found in quick-fix detox/cleanses can actually hurt your metabolism by depressing thyroid function. Instead, focus on the nutrition quality of food versus quantity of calories. Choosing whole foods that provide the nutrients to support metabolism and detoxification will help support weight loss and improve energy well into the new year.
4. Take the right supplements.
For some individuals, a whole foods diet may not be enough to support their natural detoxification systems. This may be due to common genetic variants in detoxification or metabolic pathways, their unique health history or other individual biochemical differences. In these cases, specific supplements may be necessary to help your natural detoxification systems function optimally. See your integrative or functional health-care provider today for genetic testing, personalized nutrition and quality supplement recommendations.
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At the Healthy Living Clinic, we help clients achieve optimal wellness through personalized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. Our clients receive individualized assessments, recommendations, tools and the support they need to be successful.
Our providers spend significant time with you, truly listening to your personal story and health history, then tailor a treatment plan to fit your individual needs and lifestyle. Additionally, we offer functional lab tests to help determine the root cause of your health issues and pharmaceutical grade supplements to help give your body the extra support it may need.
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Abby Stanley, MS, RDN, LD
As an integrative and functional nutritionist, Abby Stanley practices a team approach to health care that works to identify and treat the root cause of illness. Her focus is on a whole foods diet along with targeted nutrient supplementation based on individual biochemical make up that can assist clients in healing naturally and achieving optimal health. Her nutrition plans address the mind, body and spirit of the individual to assist the client in living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Although lifestyle changes can be difficult, Abby provides tailored support to each client helping him/her find a personalized plan that works. She specializes in working with individuals affected by chronic disease, autoimmune conditions and food sensitivities.
Abby is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian with a diverse educational background. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Missouri in 2011 and continued her education in Nutrition and Dietetics at Northwest Missouri State University. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics in May 2016, and will soon complete a graduate certificate in Dietetics and Integrative Medicine. While at KUMC, Abby completed a fellowship with the Dietetics and Integrative Medicine program at the University of Kansas Hospital Integrative Medicine Clinic, where she developed her passion for providing individualized, whole food focused nutrition therapy to clients.