If you’re experiencing Digestive Issues, Constipation, Gas, Bloating, or feeling like your body is ‘off,’ this blog post is for you.
When you’re experiencing digestive issues, it hurts! It’s uncomfortable! You get frustrated as you apply health advice that often backfires. I know that when I experienced digestive problems in my life, it took me a long time accept there were a few tweaks to my nutrition I would need to make. Although I was following the Power Foods Lifestyle at a Tier 2, even 3 at times of my fitness training, there were elements of Tier 4 (the trickle-down, apply-at-any-tier principles) that I should have been applying.
What did I need to change in my nutrition?
Start a pH-balancing protocol for my acidic blood.*
* (How did I know I had acidic blood? In spite of my strategic nutrition, caloric balance, intense fitness training, and discipline in indulgences, I had skin issues for years. My tell-tale sign was when my acne started turning into cysts that hurt, were embarrassing, and made me question if I could even keep being the face of Body Buddies. This was extremely challenging for me emotionally and I went on a mission to find the answers for my body, and emotionally committed to the “next level” of nutrition I had been fighting for so long–going dairy-free and getting the right supplements to balance my pH in my body. While these are not the only factors that impact some of the health challenges I was facing, they were at the top of those I could begin to address. #BabySteps).
Though I will share more with you later about going dairy-free (I am a BIG advocate of this now knowing the links to gut inflammation, IBS, acne, allergies, and sinus infections–yes I had those too chronically), today’s blog post is to share with you the Body Buddies Morning Detox Drink.
I have been doing this for over 3 months now, and many of my inner circle clients and Challengers have been doing it too. Though it’s not the tastiest thing in the world, you will immediately feel the benefits.
If you really, really struggle to get the drink down, heck, split up all the ingredients and do them all individually. It takes more time, but its important you do each ingredient to get the most impact for your body. Plus, when we know the reason why these ingredients are so powerful in our bodies, it’s easier to get ourselves ready to do it.
So here we go! Let’s talk about the benefits of the Body Buddies Morning Detox Drink:
Drinking warm water helps with the process of clearing foreign substances from your body. The warmth stimulates digestion (whereas cold water needs time to adjust to the temperature of your body. Dr. Michael Wald of Integrated Medicine and Nutrition states, “Hot water may increase body temperature and therefore, increase the metabolic rate slightly.”
An increase in metabolic rate (think of it as the sum total of all chemical processes in your body and how quickly/efficiently they work) may help your GI tract, kidneys, and liver function more optimally to cleanse your body and send toxins on their way.
Can’t do the warm water with the Body Buddies Morning Detox Drink?
>> Do room temperature water instead, then chase your drink with a cup of warm water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Bone broth is the most nutrient-dense and healing food for the digestive system, as stated by Dr. Josh Axe. This protein offers collagen, amino acids, and numerous trace minerals. Some of its most well-known features include stronger bones, stronger immunity, reduced digestive disorders, improved joint health, younger-looking skin, reduced bloating and gas, and even reducing the signs of wrinkles and aging!
I personally love knowing I’m doing something helpful for the connective tissue in my spine that has some wickedly awesome scoliosis curves.
I love that the bone broth I use (click here to see what I order!) is so easy to mix and leaves no chunks! I get the non-flavored kind as I seek to keep my artificial sweetener intake very low (the links between brain fog, fuzzy memory, anxiety, and more are crazy!).
Purchase only organic grass-fed pasture raise bone broth with no added hormones, antiobiotics, or GMOs.
I first was told to take L-glutamine powder by a bodybuilding friend/trainer when I got into figure competitions in 2012. I was told to take 5 grams per day to help my muscles with recovery. I didn’t really know why, but trusted and followed.
Now, I am so grateful that I have not only continued this habit of L-Glutamined powder every day, every day, every day, but I have learned just how incredibly beneficial it is for my gut in addition to my muscle recovery!
L-glutamine powder is an amino acid that is very abundant in your body, particularly in the muscle tissue. Think of it as a building block of tissues in your body, which means it can help build and repair leaky gut. Leaky gut is where the walls of your GI tract are weakened and allow bacteria, microbes, yeast, and other proteins that shouldn’t pass through into your blood stream.
This increase in permeability has been linked by many naturopathic doctors to be the root cause of Hashimoto’s, nearly every autoimmune condition, and a weak immune system. How exciting is it to think you have the power to start building the strength of your gut walls again and potentially reclaiming your health naturally!
L-Glutamine powder is tasteless, odorless, and mixes well into anything you drink.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar (I lovingly refer to it as ACV for short) is incredible and chalk-full of health benefits!
ACV is simply apples that have been broken down and then fermented into juice. It is full of trace minerals and vitamins, and the right kind of ACV is full of enzymes and helpful bacteria for your gut. It can help to lower blood pressure, balance blood sugar, and reduce the acidity of your blood. This is called an ‘alkaline effect.’
ACV, though tastes terrible, will help to break down fats in your body, helps with bowel movement regularity, resulting in the faster evacuation of toxins in your body.
Make sure you buy an organic variety that looks a little ‘dusty’ when you shake it. This cloud is all of the enzymes and bacteria that you need in the ACV if you’re going to be so brave as to drink it (some add honey, but I say suck it up, plug your nose, throw it back, make your funny faces and squeal if you need to, then get on with your life).
I highly recommend purchasing the kind I show here, as it is pure and has “the mother,” the dusty cloud of purity and health benefits.
Fresh Lemon Juice:
Lemons are full of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and copper. While many Body Buddies have asked me why we would drink something acidic if we’re trying to make our blood more alkaline, the answer is actually that they do make our blood more alkaline. Yes, the juice from lemons has a pH between 2 and 3 (acidic) where neutral is 7 on the pH scale, but once it enters the body, when it has been fully metabolized, the effect is alkalizing. It raises the pH of the body tissue.
Adding freshly-squeezed lemons to your water regimen in addition to your Body Buddies Morning Detox drink will not only help your water taste better, but it encourages your body to take longer absorbing nutrients and vitamins in foods you eat. This means your blood sugar stays steady longer, you have less bloating, and you don’t have extreme hunger or cravings as often.
And there you have it! There are all the benefits of doing the Body Buddies Morning Detox drink. I hope you will join me in working on cleaning up your digestion, strengthening your gut wall, and helping your blood become more alkaline. All of these factors, in addition to strategic nutrient pairing and timing as I teach in the Power Foods Lifestyle, will help you to achieve a healthier and happier you!
#PowerYourBody one meal, one workout, one day at a time!
Love your bud,
CPT | FNS | Author | Speaker
P.S. check out my monthly 10-Day Power Foods Detox group below. It’s a food-based program that is going to help you prime your metabolism, clean out your body, reduce sugar cravings, and prepare for more disciplined eating. It’s awesome and I’d love to see you on the inside!
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