Understanding what detoxification is and what it does for your body makes the experience fun, easy and enjoyable. There are so many types of detox methods and recipes that you should easily find one to suit your needs or to target a specific part of your body.
What a detox basically does is eliminate toxins from your body leaving you feeling energized and healthy. Toxins build up so fast that a detox programme should be followed by a change in lifestyle to guarantee that toxins don’t build up in your body again. Toxins enter your body in various ways. You can breathe it in through polluted air which is in and around every city in the world. It can enter your body through your skin by the things you apply on it, but most of all toxins enter your body through the unhealthy food we eat and lifestyles we live.
There are preservatives in almost every tin of canned food you buy. These preservatives are added to bleach, add colour, enhance the flavour or make the product last longer. Preservatives are unnatural and foreign to your body. Fast foods have become so many people’s regular meal that they hardly ever consume any fresh vegetables or fruit. The oil and preservatives these fast foods are cooked in are a health risk to your body. So is refined sugar and carbohydrates. By simply cutting down on these, you can make a huge difference to your mental and physical health.
When your bodies own detox system get tired and over worked, it slows down and becomes sluggish. You start to feel tired and restless and all kinds of unexplained illnesses set in. This is when a body detox is necessary to clean you up on the inside and give you back your health.
The process of body detoxification is also a great help when trying to control weight gain. Because excess toxins are stored in your fat cells, you not only burn the fat during your calorie free detox, but the toxins are released back into your bloodstream and can then be removed. This process also works very well for those who are alcohol or drug dependant. Alcohol that is consumed before a meal causes your liver to work exceptionally hard as it sees the alcohol as a priority in the cleansing process and works on that first. The food that you then consume goes through your system without the essential nutrients being absorbed into your body. The liver is too busy with the alcohol in your blood that the absorption of nutrients becomes a secondary concern.
A body detox can be done in many ways and includes anything from drinking only water for a few days to real and ongoing lifestyle changes. No matter how you decide to detox, maintaining a healthy lifestyle thereafter is important. Try to stay away from refined foods and sugars. Keep your carbohydrate intake low and get plenty of rest and exercise.
Ways To Detox Your Body
Water therapy allows your digestive system to rest and flushes out harmful chemicals and toxins. This is done for only one or two days at a time as all your energy resources will become depleted.
With juice therapy you drink as much as possible fruit or vegetable juices for a couple of days. This detox provides the body with much needed nutrients and gives you a fuller feeling when you get too hungry. During juice therapy toxins are also flushed out. Include spinach, celery, carrots, tomatoes and cranberries in your detox.
A colon cleanse involves a hospital visit where your colon is flushed with warm water. This removes toxins from your digestive tract. Colon cleansing can also be done at home with the help of herbal tea or supplements. A cleansed colon means better absorption of nutrients and the possible loss of stomach fat.
Diet modification is said to be the mildest of all the detox programmes. It is more of a lifestyle change than a detox and is a good follow up after a strenuous detox. This involves eating mostly organic and raw fruit and vegetables and lean meat.
A good time to detox is after your holiday or a night of binge eating or when you just want to loose that extra kilogramme or two. An unhealthy lifestyle is usually due to laziness and emotional eating. Break your old habits, make the necessary changes and reap the benefits of looking and feeling healthy, vibrant and alive!
Body detox diet
A detox diet involves anything from lifestyle changes to three day liquid diets on herbal teas or water. Many strenuous diets can be even more detrimental to your health than regular eating so it is important to choose one that will have you gradually shedding kilograms and cleanse your body over a period of time.
During a detox diet your body is changed from a fat storing machine to a fat burning machine with the added benefit that toxins are fast and effectively removed from your system. Many of the health problems we face today are directly related to the toxins that enter our bodies which our liver cannot cope with. With a detox diet of three to ten days, you clear your body of unwanted toxins and reduce your risk of illness and disease.
Start your diet by avoiding all type of carbohydrates and refined foods. Avoid potatoes, bread, cakes and any type of sugar. This will force your body to burn fat already stored and release the storage of toxins into your bloodstream. By eating fresh and raw vegetables where possible and plenty of fruit and fresh water, you can assist your body and liver in washing the toxins from your system. Try to avoid eating canned and processed food as these all contain preservatives that are harmful to your body plus most of them have lost their nutritional value through all the processes they have gone through. Fresh and raw vegetables and plenty of fibre like beans, helps to cleanse your colon, making the absorption of nutrients more efficient.
Exercising regularly will also help your detox as the skin is another organ that helps in your cleansing process. Toxins are released from your body through your sweat glands and skin. Regular exercise, sauna and steam baths will increase your energy levels and leave your skin healthy and glowing.
It is very important to continue a healthy lifestyle after your detox. This will prevent the build up of more toxins in your body. Avoid using unnecessary medication, too much alcohol, caffeine and smoking as all of these add toxins to your body. Remember to rather eat to live than to live to eat.