Refresh and Reboot

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by Patti Garland


Have you ever wondered what’s the benefit of a detox program?

The simple answer is a gentle detox program will calm inflammation, restore balance and reboot your body and mind toward healthy eating.

A detox program should be a gentle program of foods that are designed to nourish, cleanse, calm inflammation and balance the body’s flora and fauna. Once the body is calm and balanced, it will then cleanse and detoxify toxins naturally at a cellular level through its process of elimination by means of urination and defecation.

If you have felt sluggish, lack energy, feel bloated or just don’t feel quite right then a gentle cleansing detox program might be a useful tool.  Toxins basically clog our cells and cause cellular disease.  A gentle cleansing detox program can help to bring you to a an optimal state of health. Yes, a cleansing detoxification program usually results in some weight loss, but more importantly it promotes healing at the cellular level by eliminating foods that cause inflammation.

A gentle healthy detox program is often times useful when beginning nutritional treatment for the following inflammation related health conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • IBS
  • Migraines
  • GERD
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Sinus problems




When choosing a detox program you should look for a gentle program that will start you on your path toward healthy eating.  If you are considering this type of program, find one that uses everyday foods that are easy and economical to purchase.  For example here’s a simple recipe that might be included in a gentle detox program:

Lemon Broccoli with Avocado

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Yields: 8 people


2 bunches broccoli
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 avocado


Chop broccoli into bite-size pieces, keeping stems separate from crowns.  Fill a pot with 1 inch of water, place a steamer basket inside, cover and heat to boiling. Add stem pieces and steam for 2 minutes. Then add crown pieces, cover and steam for 5 minutes while you prepare other ingredients.  In a mixing bowl, combine the juice of the lemon, the olive oil and salt.  Chop the avocado into chunks and add to the bowl.  Add the warm broccoli to the bowl, mix gently and serve.

Sounds easy and delicious right?

If you’ve been feeling a bit lethargic and not quite as energetic as you would like to feel, if you would like lose a little weight, learn how to eat really healthy and most importantly eliminate toxins from your body so you are healthy at a cellular level, then you may want to consider a gentle healthy detox program.

Here’s to your healthy cells!



Image 2Patti Garland, AADP, is a certified health coach.  She is the owner of Best Healthy Methods and New Milford Curves.