I sat down today to talk to Dr. Sara Celik (ND), a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Master Clinician with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Every year, we make big resolutions to stay healthy and get fit. But those resolutions should be something you incorporate into your daily routine. I sat down with Dr. Sara Celik to learn her tips on how to cleanse the right way with Renew Life.
First off, can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I’m a board certified Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto. My clinical focus over the last 10 years has been on detox and gut health. When treating patients whether they are coming in for PMS or IBS, I look to identify and treat the root cause. In most cases, toxins and poor digestive health are the underlying problem.
I’m also the spokesperson for Renew Life. I travel across the country educating Canadians on cleansing, weight loss, and achieving optimal digestive health. Sharing knowledge is a passion of mine and I’m committed to changing lives one gut at a time.2.
What inspired you to pursue this career path?
My interest in health began long before I entered naturopathic medical school. When I was 9, I surprised my meat-eating parents by becoming a vegetarian. By the time I was in university, I was teaching fitness and personal training.
‘Wellness’ is sewn into my DNA. Today, I’m fortunate to be doing what I love – educating and empowering Canadians to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.
What is your secret to cleansing the right way?
There are 3 steps to detoxing the right way.
- Feed the body nourishing whole foods.
We need nutrients in order to cleanse. If we deprive the body of essential nutrients, important detoxification pathways slow down.
- Use gentle herbs, not harsh aggressive laxatives.
People often associate cleansing with urgent trips to the washroom, but when done right, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cleansing is a gentle process that should make a person feel energized, rejuvenated and healthier. When taking harsh ingredients that force toxins out too rapidly, people often experience cleansing reactions. In some cases, toxins aren’t even eliminated, rather they are re-circulated.
- Consume adequate water and fibre.
Without these, toxins are once again, not fully eliminated. Canadians need about 30-40 grams of fibre per day, and half their body weight (lbs) in ounces of water. You can make detox water by adding lemons, limes, mint leaves, ginger and antioxidant-rich organic fruit.
By following these three steps, I’ve witness thousands of individuals transform their health.
What is the biggest misconception about cleansing and what can we learn from that?
The biggest misconception is that cleansing is difficult. People associate cleansing with restriction, dietary guidelines, liquid diets, starvation … you name it. However, when done right, cleansing is satisfying, energizing, and fulfilling.
Many people aren’t aware that you don’t have to follow a strict diet while cleansing. Although, I encourage my patients to eat a healthy diet rich in natural whole foods, it’s more important that they take the right herbal ingredients. The herbs have specific actions in the body and work to gently remove toxins from the body via urine, sweat and stool.
Any advice for anyone hoping to live a healthier life in 2017?
Yes, be gentle and celebrate the baby steps along the way.
All too often I see people adopt the all-or-nothing approach. They punish themselves or feel guilty when they “fall off track.” My advice? Celebrate the small changes that you make such as “eating breakfast rather than skipping it” or “using Himalayan sea salt rather than table salt – which actually has sugar in it.” Try not to feel down if you splurge on pizza, wings, or cake. Change takes time. We need to be more gentle with ourselves. When we are, we are more likely to embrace healthier habits that will be with us for a lifetime. All this being said – I do have one piece of advice for anyone hoping to live a healthier lifestyle in 2017. That is – get connected with your body. Ask your liver “hey, how are you feeling today?” Look at your stool to gather information about your digestion. Keep a daily sleep or stress journal that may help you understand your patterns. Bottom line, we need to pay attention. Our body is providing us with messages all day along. It’s up to us to listen.