Today we're going to discuss some regimens that will help you detoxify naturally from some of the less-than-healthy choices you may have made in the previous year.
Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions and intentions are made shortly after the holidays, and usually fizzle out by the middle of February. This is just reality; it is human behavior. But there is part of this strategy you need to know that can be dangerous, especially if you have neuropathy, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. Don’t put yourself at risk by consuming dietary shakes, or pills that are compounds which contain multiple combinations of herbs. The reality is the interaction of all these together on your body is not well known at all. In fact, some are downright toxic. I have seen a 20-something year old patient develop peripheral neuropathy after consuming a "diet shake" just for a week. Impossible? No. In fact, more and more younger patients are showing up in emergency rooms after consuming energy and diet drinks. More than ever. This is also one of the reasons that you will not find any herbal preparation in either the supplements or topical preparations we suggest and use in our clinic's every day. For most patients, following our NeuropathyDR diet, carbohydrate control, physical activity, and exercise wherever possible can make an enormous difference in weight control and, yes, even weight loss after the holidays. One other thing, be honest with yourself!
If you have diligently tried the suggestions we talked about above, but still have difficulty with your weight, then it's possible there's some hormonal factors at work. These need to be identified and worked out with your physicians. Stay away from fasts, and other rapid weight-loss programs. Sometimes, these can really aggravate underlying neuropathy and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The reason is some of the the so-called "detox programs" may actually "pull" potential toxins in from your body faster, resulting in higher concentrations, and aggravating your condition. Finally, it is a really good idea to warn our children of the dangers of some "diet and energy" drinks.
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