We’re in PB.  I get it.  I know that sometimes we wake up on a Monday or Sunday not feeling so great, and that is most likely to happen again after our 2-year anniversary rager this Saturday.  Therefore, I have some things that will help you speed up that horrible detox process and get you feeling tip top a lot sooner.

These two products are staples in my routine and I’m sure they’ll be in yours in no time.

Betaine Hydrochloride

This is a digestive enzyme which assists in the breaking down of food you eat and aids in the nutrition absorption process.  This is important for energy and to build new muscle and nerve cells among other helpful things. This makes BH great to take on a regular basis but even more so when you eat something your body is not use to breaking down, like say, six RBV slushies or Roberto’s at 2 am.

A quick run down for you on what the 3 types of digestive enzymes this process assists.

Amylase: breaks down carbs, including whole grain, white flours, sugars and starches.  In other words pizza, french fries, bread, Baked Bear.

Protease: helps digest protein which is key for some of you that maybe switching over to a more protein heavy diet. If you don’t normally eat large amounts, I recommend this to help get your body get started with the breakdown process. You’re eating all that protein for a reason and you want your body to be able to break it down for rebuilding muscle tissue.

Lipase: For those of you trying out ketosis this is HUGE! It aids in breaking down fat. So again just like the protein you want your body to use all that HEALTHY fat your feeding it so make sure its being broken down and used properly, not stored.

BH will help all of these naturally occurring enzymes in your body operate optimally.

Now lets talk quickly about the detox of the bad stuff.

Activated Charcoal

The most common and tasteless way to take charcoal is in tablet form. Activated charcoal is used to soak up harmful or toxic substances that your body has difficultly breaking down, like booze, junk food, too much refined sugar, fried food and even sickness within your body.  The military uses it in the field to filter water when they need to.  However, it can only absorb toxins that are still in your stomach and intestines, so my recommendation is take it as soon as your done with a binge and want to feel better!

I can’t tell you how main times this has been a life saver for me. When you start feeling sick or are sick charcoal helps to get all those toxins out of your system and flush you out.  No matter what, if I’ve had a few drinks or a cheat meal I make sure to take a few charcoal pills after so I’m not in complete misery.

Neither of these are ‘magic pills’ or a license to treat your body like crap, but they sure will make a huge difference in your digestion and detox period after some unsavory decisions.

With both of these, make sure that you drink lots of water.  You are pulling out and breaking down enemies within your body and you need to make sure you are properly hydrated to help aid in that flushing out process.

If you guys have any questions, you always know where to find me.



Ashley Randall is a trainer and nutrition coach at Performance360.  She is a graduate of San Diego State University, a certified personal trainer, and has competed in both women’s boxing and football leagues.  She has been helping others with training and diet for the last seven years.

She coaches Daily Challenges and Outdoor Challenges Monday through Saturday and is available for nutrition advice both before and after class, as well via email at arandall85@me.com