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.