Lesson 17: Empty the trash
I’m just going to lay this out super bluntly: The hose from your mouth to your anus needs to be scrubbed and cleaned regularly.
80% of your immune system is in your digestive system (and that digestive tract is what I mean by “hose”). With January and the full force of the winter cold and flu season upon us, you might be thinking about what you can do to stay healthy and keep your family healthy. If you don’t have a healthy digestive system, you can’t have a healthy immune system.
To boost your immune system, you need to take care of your digestive system. The body uses the bowels to release toxins and waste (some of the toxins and waste are also released through sweat, breath, and urine). Studies show that our bowels are compromised by rotting food that gets stuck in our intestines.
“Taking out the trash,” or cleaning your digestive tract, will boost your immunity, improve your mood, relieve brain fog, and will help you feel less bloated.
You can take out the trash by switching to a whole foods diet. You can also consider a detox or a cleanse using green juices. I recommend three day cleanses because they are the right length to take out the trash, but not so long that it becomes extremely difficult. You can also get a colonic to clean out your colon. Remember to be healthy and gentle about it, but it’s time to get clean.
Small Change Challenge 17: Find a food you eat regularly that has too much sugar and eliminate it
One small step toward a whole foods diet is to eliminate sugar. Eliminating added sugar will help you to cut out a variety of processed foods. But here our focus is on the Small Changes, so your first step is to examine the ingredient lists for foods you eat regularly. If any of them list any form of sugar in the first 3 ingredients, throw it out.
We’re taking out the trash in our bodies, as well as in our pantries, and we will see the positive results.