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New Year, New Start

By vitalhf, Dec 30 2017 05:00PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

“The best way to look at a cleanse is not as a detox binge, where you go back to abusing your body once it's over, but as a springboard to a lifetime of better nutrition” Dr. Alan Weiss, founder of Annapolis Integrative Medicine.

In a culture that values product sales and quick fixes over home cooking, there is no shortage of cleansing and detox products that promise the moon. Slick packaging and marketing campaigns, directed at our collective insecurities about health, picture radiant healthy and smiling people. Presumably, if you just add water to the sugar filled mix of synthetic vitamins and artificial colors you are magically transformed into a superhuman version of your former self. It’s no wonder so many people are skeptical when it comes to the words “cleanse” or “detox”, when many of these products are about as nutritious as the boxes they are sold in. On the other side of the spectrum, fad diets introduce many beneficial nutrients, but fail to teach sound nutrition based on the diverse traditional diets that have successfully nourished humanity for generations. These approaches often lead to an initial excitement and short term commitment, only to be abandoned for the same bad habits that preceded them. Continue reading...

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