What does ‘detox’ mean? This word gets thrown around a lot and I believe it is usually associated with a ‘quick fix’. Most detoxes out there these days are just fads that usually contain ‘liquid fasts’. However there is actual good meaning to this word if you use it properly and understand how the complex detox organ works, namely the liver. Detoxification really means ‘take the load off’- to allow the body to heal itself and regenerate new healthy cells. The better the liver functions, the better the rest of the body is able to function.
A sluggish liver usually comes with awful symptoms such as bad sleep, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, PMS, fatigue, bad skin and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. My uni lecturers always say, “ If you are unsure of what the patient is presenting- just treat the liver. ” So it is becoming more and more important that we occasionally get a boost to help us flush out the inevitable toxic build up in our systems. Not because our bodies don’t detoxify us naturally, but because we live in a modern world where unexpected toxins are piled on from all directions. Our bodies have to work so damn hard! Our ancestors never had to process a world where plastics infused meat, or where pesticides and hormones suffused every part of the food chain. And on top of this- we love to drink alcohol and caffeine-oh gosh!! Our poor livers!!
So I know you have all had/having a fabulous festive season of parties, eating, drinking and being with your loved ones. Some of you may be feeling on top of the world, but I know others are not feeling so hot right now- waking up with heavy heads, unsettled tummies, low on energy and a bit flabby perhaps…these are the consequences of festive madness! Your body has taken a toll! BUT it is ok…Here I am to provide you with some tools to get you feeling well again! Your liver needs a little love!
You need a little cleanse my loves!
I suggest 14-21 days of cleansing!
Your weight should go down too! The Liver is your body’s main fat burning organ, regulating fat metabolism and carrying fat out of the body via bile.
Right so here is what a sample day of cleansing may look like…This is what I tend to do.
Pre breakfast: Rise with warm water + 1/2 squeezed lemon/metaboost drink
30 min exercise: walk/run/yoga/interval (whatever you enjoy really- I would love it if you could build up a sweat).
Snack: GRATED CARROT WITH LEMON +
Snack options: herbal tea with stevia to sweeten.
After Dinner…sweet tooth?
I will continue to provide you with tips post silly season but I think this is a very good start! Start preparing yourselves to feel amazing again. Your skin will be glowing after this! ps: My next blog entry is “Feed your skin”- how to nourish your skin and find that glow through nutrition!
Post your comments below to tell me what you think or if you have anything you would like to add!
Love your bodies- because then they will love you back!
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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