A Detoxing Approach With A Difference: The Natural Way!

A detox is often done for the wrong reason and not always for the best of outcome. Not all detoxification programs are safe. No one should just hop in and start to detoxify because they have read or heard something about it. A severe detoxify program can become dangerous. This should only be done for serious health reasons and monitored by a professional person. Changing from a wrong diet to a good one is already a natural way of detoxifying. If this is the case your body will detoxify by itself every day, or better still, all day long. The problem starts by using the wrong detox.

Think of your liver

With a harsh or severe detox plan it will remove these toxins too quickly where the liver becomes overloaded and is unable to dissolve these toxins. Therefore, the toxins are not discharged the normal way and finish up in the bloodstream, which can trigger all sorts of illness to any of the vital organs. This is not advisable because it simply starves the body of essential nutrients.

Once that plan is complete most people go back to the old lifestyle and habits as before. The same result: You are back where you started from, gained a few extra pound or kilo’s of weight. For some people (women especially) this is an unacceptable situation. So it is a must during a detox to choose an effective and healthy eating plan.

Toxins, where do they come from?

Most of this is about using food as a detoxification process to help the body flush out toxins that are harmful to our health. It is fact, that in our world of today most people are exposed to varying levels of environmental pollution and other toxins even without knowing it. It is also fact, that the body will often have its immune system compromised considering that it can only handle a certain amount when it comes to combating toxins in our body. Processed food is one of the main problems in our diet which is nutrient poor. Medication can also become an issue as is often the case. Overload in our body such as antibiotics, pain killers, Stanton drugs, which not only give side effects but can become a toxin of its own. Therefore, we cannot completely ignore the significant benefits of a detox diet.

How do I know I’ll need one?

Do I really need to detox? A bit confusing at times let’s say for someone who’s been on a wrong diet for a long time it will be a benefit. When we’re in balance, we can detox without too much bother. However, the cumulative effects of processed foods, too much alcohol over long time, stress and little or no exercise can create a heavier load than the body can carry. A formal detox involving dietary changes can help process this load. Good nutrition is the foundation, because if you don’t support your body with wholesome food, you’re wasting your time with dieting pills and other stuff. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, unprocessed grains; make your own juice and use filtered water. Limit packaged heavily processed and take away foods.

Do it the safe way!

Look after the organs. Our organs work as a team. If you push one too far, you could upset the other. If you choose a detox plan with supplements, make sure there is a balance across the organs. For instance, if you take a liver supplement, you should also support your bowel, kidneys and skin, in addition to your liver. To be honest, instead of using these type of supplements just use the right type of food. The only supplement I would recommend is a multi supplement in a liquid or gel form. The benefit of a multi supplement: The body gets all the ingredients at the same time and is able to absorb them better into the blood stream.

Here are some natural ways to detox:

  • Have a lemon and ginger tea first thing in the morning. Slice a lemon and ginger, pour on boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. Drink hot to boost circulation and detoxification.
  • As we can absorb many things through our skin, at the same time our skin is also a detoxifying organ. By adding a cup of Epsom salt to your bath water this will help to draw out impurities from your body.
  • If the craving indicator knocks: As a snack, just a small hand full of Brazil nuts during the day. This will boost your selenium levels.
  • To increase your fiber intake, add chia seeds and/or similar seeds to your salads and vegetables. This will help to remove toxins from your bowels.
  • Add a splash of chlorophyll to your drinking water. This will cause alkalising and removes heavy metals, such as mercury from your body.

These are not big changes. Remember, eating the right foods is doing the detoxifying for you without torturing and going on any lengthy starvation. With the right diet the body will get all the nutrients it needs and remove the toxins at the same time.

If it’s done right, you’ll be amazed how quickly it can revitalize your body and health. You’ll feel better, look better and have much more energy.

What’s the Difference Between a Detox and Cleanse?

What started all the questions about detoxing and cleansing?

Since Spiro and I just completed the Beachbody Ultimate Reset, a lot of people were asking us what the diet was all about. In a nutshell, it’s a three week program that eliminates all toxins from your body and ends you eating a raw, organic diet. Each week, you take different supplements that support the transition. I know what you’re saying, forget it. It was difficult, but both of us feel amazing and actually want to continue eating this way. It was a great experience and we’re really happy we did it. The reset was basically a detoxification diet. In this post, I’ll explain the difference between a detox and a cleanse and I’ll follow up with posts that get into more detail on different types of detox and cleanses that are out there.

Detox and Cleanse

For ages, body purification has been an inseparable part of our rituals for good health and well-being. The various processes going on inside the body and the substances that enter it generate toxins which are a threat to your internal system. Harmful substances include cholesterol, irritants, excess fat, sugar, smoking, biological waste and synthetic chemicals. Some, or all of which enter your body from diverse sources like a polluted environment, processed food and unhealthy habits. If these harmful substances keep accumulating inside your system, they can put you at risk of acquiring a fatal disease.

There is a very thin line between a Detoxification (or “detox” as it is called) and a Cleanse. People usually use these terms interchangeably to mean they’re trying to get rid of waste or dirt from the body. However, detox and cleanse are very different processes. Although they both aim to help the body get rid of toxins, they work on different areas of the body and different toxins as well.

Detoxification

Detoxification refers to the body’s natural process of elimination or neutralization of toxic materials from cells, tissues, organs and the bloodstream. It acts to remove toxins from the blood stream, various organs of the body, skin and also the liver and kidneys. A liver or kidney detox is generally accompanied by cleansing procedures to ensure better results. Detox includes ingredients incorporated into a person’s daily diet. These dietary inclusions are meant specifically to eradicate toxins. Detox, being a relatively simple process, can be made part of your daily regimen. Detox targets chemicals, smoke, metals, pollutants, stones and even fat deposits that accumulate in the body and pose harm. Adopting a few detox ingredients in your daily diet has positive benefits including better health, health, beautiful skin, relief from aches and pains, and lesser anxiety or depression caused by hormonal imbalance. Detox can be incorporated in your day to day life simply by choosing to eat fruits, vegetables and high fibre foods. Avoid eating processed and/or packaged food; chips, cereals, prepared frozen diet meals, etc.

Cleansing

Cleansing targets the digestive tract (the organ from the mouth to the anus) and does a typical colon cleansing job. Cleansing uses a particular program or component for the procedure i.e. teas, fiber supplements, etc. It targets waste matter, fungi (like Candida), parasites and harmful bacteria inside your bowels. Both detox and cleanse have several similar advantages. Cleansing is a sure fire process for keeping your digestive tract and colon healthy and your body free from disease.

Our experience from the Ultimate Reset

I have to say that since Spiro and I did our Reset (detox), we don’t have the cravings we use to have. We were eating very satisfying food that was very fulfilling but we still kept “thinking” we needed to eat something else. Most of us are brought up to have meat, fish, etc. and have a side salad, veggies, potato, rice, etc. With the reset, we learned to really focus on all our veggies first and add on from there. Now that we actually can eat other food, we don’t want to. Funny, the first day we were done, Spiro got one of our favorite things; a Costco rotisserie chicken. Ya know what? It didn’t hit the spot like we thought it would. Crazy huh? In just three, short weeks, our taste buds have changed and whole food is what we crave. Now we just have to work on changing our mindset.;) That’s always the hard part. So what do you think? Do you think you’re ready to do a cleanse or detox?

One last note: It’s advisable to talk to your Doctor before starting any program. They can help you determine which is best for you as well as the frequency to engage in such a program.