January is a time for Diets, Detox's and Fads. Admit it, we have all made 'getting healthy and fit' a news years resolution at some point in our journey. But do we really need to put our bodies through it all? The liver and kidneys act as a natural detox system in our bodies. By depriving our body of important nutrients in the popular 'QUICK FIX' - a juice cleanse - it can cause the body more harm than good, not allowing the liver and kidneys to do what they set out for!
NOTE: If you are considering starting a diet or detox, I urge you to consult a professional to ensure you do so safely!
So I spoke to Nutritionist Jess Cox from 'The JCN Clinic' to get healthy this new year, without the need of a dangerous detox
1. What does being a nutritionist mean to you?
Being a nutritionist means so much to me. Fundamentally I am living a life that enables me to follow a career that encompasses my passion. It is so rewarding to share with people my enthusiasm regarding a healthy lifestyle and delicious food. Seeing clients gain a greater level of health alongside a growth of confidence in their own nutritional needs is just wonderful.
2.You own your own clinic right here in Brisbane- what services do you offer?
At the JCN clinic we are passionate about the services the clinic provides. Our core focus is educating and helping our clients gain a greater level of health and vibrancy through nutrition. We treat all facets of health concerns, from weight issues to hormonal imbalances, from fertility to chronic disease. Our specialty is gut health, food intolerances and GIT associated conditions. Are consultations are based in the JCN clinic in Brisbane CBD, however we also offer phone and Skype consultations for national and international clients. For a comprehensive insight into what we offer at the JCN clinic you can visit here on the website.
3. What is the most frequent questions you get asked by your clients in January?
A lot of clients in January are amped up for a fresh start to the year, so many are looking for digestive overhauls post an indulgent Christmas and New Year. In the majority though, it’s still all sorts of questions, clients are just a lot more focused and keen to tackle their individual health goals.
4. New year, New goals – are often involve weight loss goals and detoxing after Christmas. What are you pieces of advice for this?
See your weight loss and ‘detoxing’ as a lifestyle change, not a quick fix approach. Work on changing your lifestyle and your food habits to encourage long term results. If you want to detox, seek the assistance of a professional that can help you do so in the right way so you get the best results. Detoxing does not always have to involve taking something either, it can be as simple as changing up your food intake to support your gut and liver.
5. As a trained Nutritionists, how do you feel about detoxing, juice cleansing and the like? Is there really any point?
I am not a fan of juice cleansing at all. It doesn’t make sense to me; it doesn’t make sense biochemically. The liver needs amino acids for the detox pathways to function effectively, so removing any protein from the diet leaves the body devoid of amino acids to support this function. Juice fasting also means a person has no fats, fibrous carbs or protein to support their day to day activity, which can be quite debilitating.
At the JCN clinic we do utilise ‘detoxing’ in very individualised ways to suit our clients. It may be food based only, or we may use certain practitioner products. There are no set rules here, every person is different. It is fundamental we monitor each person and assess what is best for them.
6. Our bodies have their very own detoxing system – through our livers and kidneys etc. What are you tips to helping out our system naturally?
Include foods naturally rich in amino acids and phytochemicals that support this process. Foods such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts), beetroots, celery, artichokes are wonderful foods for this. Proteins rich in fatty acids such as oily fish are also brilliant. Conversely, it is best to avoid food and beverages that put a strain on the liver when doing this such as excessive alcohol, highly processed foods and foods high in refined sugars.
7.Do you have a favourite summer recipe that you like to share with us?
Yes! My favourite summer recipe is this Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Smoothie, so refreshing and delicious in this heat.
A bit more about Jess...
Jessica is a passionate foodie and qualified, practicing Nutritionist with a Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition), with ten years of clinical experience. Jess is the founder and business owner of the successful Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic based in Brisbane, Australia. The Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic (JCNC) treats all facets of health conditions, though specialises with ongoing digestive issues and food intolerances.
Jess is also the creator of the Jessica Cox website and blog, which is an expression of everything she loves rolled into one, including her passion for creating recipes that catering for food intolerances. Jess is available for consultations at her clinic based in Brisbane, along with Skype and Phone consultations for national and international clients.