Why Watermelon?

We picked Watermelon as the fruit to support your body as we take you one step closer to a real fast; true abstinence from food. Watermelon is roughly 92% water and very low calorie, yet an excellent source of antioxidants as well as vitamin C, A, B1 & B6, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium and lycopene (the carotenoid that makes watermelon that pretty red/pink).* While "fasting" you'll be peeing plenty (flush those kidneys!) as watermelon is also a powerful diuretic. Not a bad thing when you're cleansing! We're fans of and believers in the benefits of intermittent fasting and are thrilled to help ease you further into the practice with our Summer 1-Day Watermelon Cleanses! 

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*Watermelon info sourced from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, by Michael Murray

Summer = Love!

Oh yes! We love Summer! It's up there for the most favorite season of the year, agree?! We actually allow ourselves much deserved R & R. We leave work early or take off days even weeks. We happily wake up early and if we're lucky, we watch the sun go down late. We go for long walks, runs, rides, bikes, swims, etc. We splash in small to large masses of water. We wear hats and sunglasses, yet we don't wear shoes or shirts. We seize and worship the sunlight hours or go in search if the weather doesn't cooperate. We re-up our vitamin D intake. We eat lots of fresh fruits including honest to goodness local heirloom tomatoes. We look forward to our Summer cleanse and thoroughly enjoy every sip.

Welcome CAN CAN Summer! May this season be filled with much rest and relaxation! 

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Detoxing for Fertility

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Flowers are blooming, baseball's in full swing...June is officially busting out all over. A fresh feeling of newness and rebirth is palpable, and babies seem to be on everyone's mind. It's easy to see where June gets its name (from the Latin iuniores, or "young ones").

For those couples feeling the spring fever to conceive their own baby, it's also a great time to start detoxing. Eliminating toxins now helps boost fertility while preventing dangerous compounds from affecting fetal development.

When you're preparing to conceive, some of the most important toxins to avoid and eliminate are heavy metals and xenoestrogens.

Heavy metals like mercury and lead can contribute to low sperm counts, low progesterone, breast cancers, and severe birth defects and developmental problems. Mercury is most commonly found in silver dental amalgams and large contaminated fish. Lead can be found in everything from old paint to lipstick to soil.

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that the body mistakes for estrogen. In women, estrogen must be in balance with progesterone, so too many xenoestrogens can contribute to a progesterone deficiency. Excess estrogen is also associated with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). But xenoestrogens don't only affect women. They can also damage the DNA of men's sperm, leading to infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, or cancer. In addition, xenoestrogens can make babies more likely to suffer from behavioral problems or obesity later in life. Some common xenoestrogens are pthalates (found in PVC, personal care products, cleaning agents, and contaminated food), parabens (preservatives found in personal care products and contaminated food), BPA (found in soft plastics and the lining of most canned foods), food coloring, birth control pills, PCBs (industrial chemicals most often found in large contaminated fish) and DDT (a banned pesticide found in contaminated food). 

Phytoestrogens occur naturally in foods. Still, they too can raise estrogen to fertility-blocking levels. The most common phytoestrogen is soy, and many natural fertility experts recommend that couples avoid it. Perhaps an even more compelling argument for eliminating soy is that over 91% of soy is now genetically modified - and GM soy and corn have been found to decrease fertility in animal studies.

Cleansing gives the body's detox systems a break from everyday demands, allowing detox organs like the liver to focus on safely excreting toxins like heavy metals and xenoestrogens. After detoxifying, couples can prevent further exposure by eating organic foods, choosing smaller fish, and selecting consumer products. 

So as you spring forward towards parenthood, consider taking baby steps: start with a cleanse. Then you can get to the fun part. 

 

-Emily Wade Adams, Certified Nutrition Consultant at Natal Nutrition and Priming the Bump: Achieving Fertility Naturally.

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Wedding Season!

One of our dearest clients is getting married this weekend! Woohoo! She's cleansing with us this week in preparation and we couldn't be more delighted to help her relax and feel her best as she's about to enjoy the best weekend of her life! I smile just thinking about her smiling as everyone who loves her smiles back. That's a lot of smiling! Wish everyday could be a wedding day. What a feeling!

I'd like to extend this feeling of joy and happiness to our bride & groom clients (and their families & friends) who are celebrating this Summer! Congrats! Congrats! 

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