#TheBigWeekOff

January 12th sees the launch of a brand new charity event – a fundraising detox!

Following on from our Chairman, Robin Daly’s successful one-week fundraising detox earlier this year, #TheBigWeekOff is now being launched as a public fundraiser for Yes to Life.

You get the chance to give your body, mind and soul a fresh start to the New Year, through a professionally designed detox programme. You get all the established benefits of a detox and reset to your health and wellbeing, while simultaneously raising urgently needed funds to help support people with cancer in understanding and accessing the enormously beneficial resources of Integrative Medicine. A win-win all round!

There are three levels of entry from a simple 24-hour detox to the full seven days, so pick the level you feel ready for. You will receive full how-to instructions to ensure you detox safely and gain the maximum benefit.

If you’ve ever thought about trying detoxing, then this is the perfect opportunity. If you already know first hand what detoxing has to offer, then you won’t want to miss this chance to extend yourself further. Everything you need to know about detoxing safely will be supplied, and you won’t be alone – you will have the chance to share your experience with others on the same journey, online, in real-time.

Supported by Liz Butler of Your Healing Heart, a nutritional therapist and body-mind practitioner with 20 years’ experience supporting those with cancer and other chronic diseases. 

With an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Liz went on to become a Nutritional Therapist through the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, qualifying in 2000. Later she attained a Masters degree in Nutritional Medicine. Liz has a deep appreciation of the healing power of emotional and spiritual support and she is passionate about providing care in these areas through her company Your Healing Heart. Liz has been trained as a coach by the renowned HeartMath Institute and is a qualified EFT and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner. 

Liz has been using detoxification as a powerful tool to support her clients for many years as she knows the benefits it can bring to those who wish to improve their health. She has witnessed how cleansing the physical body is often naturally accompanied by the release of old emotional patterns and for that reason she uses detoxification to aid healing of the body, mind and soul.

You can find out more about Liz here: www.yourhealingheart.co.uk

Ready to sign up? Click here and register. 


General information

Introduction

Unprecedented levels of man-made chemicals are currently present in our environment causing many experts to worry about the consequences for our health. Particularly concerning is the sharp rise of many diseases and conditions linked with chemical toxicity such as metabolic disorders including obesity, allergies, brain and developmental disorders, and infertility. Cancer is another big concern, with a recent report suggesting that up to 30% of cancers could be caused by environmental toxins1.

Apart from our general ongoing toxic exposure, there are certain times of our life e.g. Christmas, holidays, periods of stress, when we may over-indulge in practices that further burden our bodies such as drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking, or eating a highly processed diet. In addition, there is the issue of chronic emotional stress, recognised as a big problem in our modern society, which also adds to the toxic load on our bodies.

Whilst it’s sometimes difficult to control exposure to toxins in our general environment, there is plenty we can do to reduce exposure in our homes, as well as enhance the detoxification capabilities of our body through a change in diet and lifestyle. Making such changes is in fact one of the most important ways we can protect our health, and so if you’re under the illusion that a detox is just an unnecessary fad, it’s time to sit up, listen and be prepared for a rethink.

What is a detox?

The purpose of a detoxification programme (let’s call it a detox for short) is to clear out old waste material placing a burden on our body’s systems. Detoxification can occur on a physical level, with the removal of chemical toxins, and an energetic level, with the removal of harmful forms of radiation, as well as worn-out thoughts, beliefs and emotions. The result is a freeing up of energy and other resources allowing for optimal functioning of our whole being – body, mind and soul.

A comprehensive detox has two important aspects to it: the first is to reduce exposure to new toxins; and the second is to enhance and support the body’s in-built detoxification systems, which continually draw toxins from sites of storage, convert them to safer compounds, and then permanently eliminate them from our body.

What are toxins?

A broad but simple definition of a toxin is: ‘Anything that inhibits the correct functioning of an individual’s system’. Dose is an important factor when it comes to toxins as most things that are beneficial for the body are also toxic when exposure is high, for example water, oxygen, vitamins and minerals. Some compounds appear to have no benefits for the body at any level, things such as arsenic, mercury, asbestos and of these, some will be toxic to the body in very small amounts.

Toxins don’t just come from outside of the body (those that do are called exotoxins). There are also many toxins produced within the body; we call these endotoxins. Endotoxins include free radicals, bacterial waste and metabolic by-products (produced by the millions of normal biochemical reactions occurring daily). We can also class unresolved challenging emotions such as anger and hate in this category.

Is detox necessary?

Many people will argue that a detoxification programme is unnecessary because we have our own in-built systems of purification and elimination that have evolved over thousands of years to protect us against toxicity. This makes a lot of sense in the first instance but a growing number of experts don’t agree with this argument2-4 for two main reasons:

  1. As discussed, we’re living in unprecedented times when it comes to toxicity and our chemical burden, as well as our energetic burden from electromagnetic radiation exposure and chronic stress, has grown very rapidly over the past 100 years. Our bodies have not had time to adapt to this onslaught and they are struggling to cope, as studies relating toxicity and disease suggest.
  2. Coupled with this, our modern western diet is often nutrient depleted, and without an adequate intake of trace minerals and other nutrients, our detoxification systems, just like any other body system, are compromised.

What are the health benefits?

Awareness of the damage that environmental toxins can do to health along with interest in the potential benefits of detoxification is a relatively new phenomenon amongst scientists and consequently there is relatively little research examining the health effects of detoxification so far. There are small amounts of research though, and generally speaking results are very positive. There is also a mass of anecdotal evidence offered by natural health practitioners together with a long history of the use of detoxification practices by various health practitioners, the details of which are documented in ancient texts.

Documented health benefits of detoxification include weight loss, increase in energy levels, improvement in skin condition, healthier bowel movement patterns, a boost in mood5.

Is detoxing safe?

Detoxification is very safe if embarked on cautiously and responsibly. If an individual is generally fit and healthy, gentle detoxing can be carried out without supervision. However, input from a health professional is extremely important if the programme is intense (involves fasting), or lengthy (lasts more than a few days), or if the person has a health condition or is on medication.

Will a detox cause negative side effects?

During a detox it is possible that you will experience detoxification symptoms as toxins previously stored away in the body are mobilised ready for elimination. Side effects may include headaches, skin outbreaks, bad breath or tiredness. These symptoms are usually mild and should pass quickly.

As well as physical side effect symptoms, a detox can also bring about the manifestation of what could be regarded as negative emotions such as irritation, anger, guilt or sorrow. This is a positive effect as the system is bringing challenging emotions to the surface ready for processing and release.

What type of detox does The Big Week Off involve?

The Big Week Off gives people the option of choosing one of 3 detox plans that are designed for people with different needs as follows:

Level 1 – one-day detox

This is designed for people who are new to detox and don’t want to push their body too far first time around. As it is so gentle, this detox is suitable for those who are unwell and on medication but in these instances, we always recommend checking with your doctor first.

Overview

This detox involves eating only vegetables and fruit for one day. We recommend one fresh juice throughout the day and 2 light meals, although those who feel able can have 2 juices and 1 light meal if they wish. The detox can also be extended to two days for those who feel strong enough.

Cautions

Even this gentle detox has some cautions as follows:

  • Those with diabetes or poorly controlled blood sugar should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those with mental illness or serious addictions should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those who are pregnant should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those undergoing treatment for serious illness should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox

If you have any doubts about your suitability for this detox, you should check with a suitably qualified healthcare professional before going ahead.

Level 2 – four-day detox

This is designed for people who are new to detox but are generally fit and healthy, or those that have done some detoxing before. It may or may not be suitable for those who are unwell and on medication and in these instances, it is important to check with a doctor first.

Overview

This detox involves eating vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and pulses for four days. A small amount of animal protein is an optional extra for those that feel they need it. We recommend one fresh juice throughout the day and 2 light meals, although those who feel able can have 2 juices and 1 light meal if they wish.

Cautions

This detox has some cautions as follows:

  • Those with diabetes or poorly controlled blood sugar should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those with mental illness or serious addictions should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those who are pregnant should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those undergoing treatment for serious illness should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with any chronic illness or ongoing medication should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with a history of constipation, diarrhoea or other gut issues should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with a history of heavy and ongoing toxic exposure e.g. to alcohol or chemical toxins should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox

If you have any doubts about your suitability for this detox, you should check with a suitably qualified healthcare professional before going ahead.

Level 3 – seven-day detox

This is designed for people who are new to detox and are generally fit and healthy, or those that have done some detoxing before. It is most suitable for those who are mentally strong as seven days of a restricted diet can be challenging. It is likely not to be suitable for those who are unwell and on medication and in these instances, it is important to check with a doctor first.

Overview

This detox involves eating vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and pulses for seven days. A small amount of animal protein is an optional extra for those that feel they need it. We recommend one fresh juice throughout the day and 2 light meals, although those who feel able can have 2 juices and 1 light meal if they wish.

Cautions

This detox has some cautions as follows:

  • Those with diabetes or poorly controlled blood sugar should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those with mental illness or serious addictions should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those who are pregnant should avoid this detox unless working with the supervision of a health professional
  • Those undergoing treatment for serious illness should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with any chronic illness or ongoing medication should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with a history of constipation, diarrhoea or other gut issues should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox
  • Those with a history of heavy and ongoing toxic exposure e.g. to alcohol or chemical toxins should check with a doctor before embarking on this detox

If you have any doubts about your suitability for this detox, you should check with a suitably qualified healthcare professional before going ahead.

What support will I receive if I sign up for The Big Week Off?

During The Big Week Off you will receive a daily email with words of advice and encouragement from myself and Robin Daly. Videos of us will often be included.

You can get further support and encouragement from myself, the Yes to Life team and other Big Week Off participants by joining our Facebook group. (Email office@yestolife.org.uk to join the group.)

For further background information on detoxing you can purchase the detox module of the Seven Elements of Healing online programme https://www.yourhealingheart.co.uk/offer  written and presented by myself. This is available at a 50% discount – £24.50 (usual price £49) to participants of The Big Week Off

Individualised, specialist support cannot be provided by us during The Big Week Off and anyone requiring this should seek their own support from a health professional with experience of detoxification.

References

  1. Clapp RW, Jacobs MM, Loechler EL. Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer: New Evidence 2005-2007. Reviews on Environmental Health. 2008; 23(1): 1–38.
  2. Genuis S, Sears ME, Schwalfenberg G et al. Clinical Detoxification: Elimination of Persistent Toxicants from the Human Body. The Scientific World Journal. 2013; 2013: 238347
  3. Genuis S, Sears ME. Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease and Medical Approaches: Recognition, Avoidance, Supportive Therapy, and Detoxification. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2012; 2012: 356798
  4. Roundtree R. A Functional Approach to Environmental Toxins. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 2009; 15: 216-220.
  5. Axtell S, Birr A, Halverson C et al. Detoxification Diets: three pilot studies. Townsend Letters. 2013; 97-102.