Body Detoxification: What You Need to Know10/11/2017 0 By Anthony Ekanem
If you are feeling lethargic or are struggling with other problems such as acne, chronic pain, heartburn and other digestive issues, it may be time to try a body detox. Even if you’re simply overweight and/or addicted to eating the wrong types of food, a detox can go a long way to helping you get on the right track.
Body detox plans have been around for a long time. In order to properly detox, no matter what type you choose to try, the important thing is to be mindful of what goes into your body. When you detoxify your body by feeding it with high nutrient food, or even eliminating all food for a period of time, you help your body heal itself. Controlling exactly what you put into your body will help to reset your organs, stimulate the liver, promote elimination, improve circulation, and refuel the body with high nutrition. Here are what a detox can do for you:
- Increases Energy– If you want to bring back your energy, a detox may be in order. Improving the amount of vitamins you can get through your digestive system can have an amazing effect on your energy.
- Rids Body of Waste – When you detox, it gives digestion a break and enables your body to rid itself of extra waste that may be causing bloating or other problems. If you experience a lot of issues with elimination, a detox can help cure those problems.
- Boosts Weight Loss – Most people lose at least a few pounds during a detox, and a good detox can kick-start any weight loss diet. The main reason is that during a detox you usually eat fewer calories, salt, and other things that can cause bloating. It also helps you with the mental blocks that losing weight can bring up.
- Helps Boost Immunity – Any time you can get more nutrients into your body in the form of natural substances, you will turn your immune system on stronger than ever. Most people who practice regular body detoxes are more aware of nutrition and proper vitamin intake than the general population.
- Mends Skin Problems – Skin problems can be caused by a lot of toxins in food and in the environment. Slowing down digestion needs is a great way to redirect the natural healing properties in your body toward repairing the skin.
- Encourages Healthy Changes – When you’re having trouble saying no to things you know aren’t healthy; like that double bacon burger, for instance. Detoxing the body can help you get over those cravings fast. And once you’re over those cravings, you can start eating healthier.
- Improves Mental Clarity – You’d be surprised at how the additives in your food can affect your mind. If you feel a cloud is covering your brain function, you can lift it with a good detox. Some people claim that a good detox makes them a lot smarter and helps them figure out tough problems.
- Brings Life Back to Hair – Your hair needs nutrients that help make it look healthy. People who eat well and avoid chemicals can make their hair look amazing in just 90 days. Even water fasting, which eliminates chemicals and can often rid people of skin issues, can help improve the hair.
These benefits are sure to make you want to do a detox of some kind as soon as possible. And, the benefits listed really are only the tip of the iceberg. The reason is that each person is an individual with issues that no one else has. You may experience completely different benefits from detoxing the body than someone else.
Do You Need a Detox?
Choosing to go on a detoxing adventure totally depends on where you are in your own mind and whether you’re ready to do it or not. But if you are experiencing any of the following issues, you should highly consider trying a detox.
- Fatigue – You don’t feel energetic and you get tired out fast, even when you’re trying to have fun. You have to drink a lot of coffee or energy drinks to get through your day. It really is not normal to have to drink caffeinated beverages to get through the day.
- Constipation – Poor elimination is a really good sign you need a detox. Most people need to move their bowels a minimum of once a day. If you’re not, you are probably experiencing tummy discomfort and may be even severe constipation issues.
- Skin Issues– Rashes, acne, itchy skin, dry skin, dandruff and other problems with your skin can be a sign of deeper issues. Plus, they are not comfortable and can even be embarrassing. Doing a detox can help immensely with these problems and even cure some of them.
- Allergies – Many people suffer from all kinds of allergies and sometimes they don’t even know what is causing it. If you have stomach discomfort, heartburn, rashes and other issues that you can’t identify, it can be due to allergies. A detox can help you identify what is causing the allergy.
- Infections – If you often get colds, low-grade infections, and have unexplained illnesses, a detox should help you eliminate some of these problems. The right type of detox will improve your immune system.
- Unexplained Bloating– If you get bloated often when you eat or even when you don’t eat, and the doctor hasn’t given you any confirmed diagnosis, a detox might be something that works for you to improve this situation.
- Menstrual Problems– Irregular periods, too heavy periods, painful periods, and other issues can sometimes be caused by the things that are in your diet, especially dairy products. Eliminating dairy and sometimes trying an even more restrictive detox can do wonders for these issues.
- Mental Problems– If you have trouble remembering things, feel anxious, nervous, confused or just out of sorts, a proper detox can help you improve these issues. It can be surprising how much toxins that are in everyday products can affect your mental clarity.
- Improve Health– Even if you don’t notice anything specific, doing a full body detox can still help you see and feel improvements in your health, mental clarity and life. A detox can help jump-start a healthy new lifestyle if you want to start eating better and doing things more healthily. It can also help eliminate issues, rid your body of toxins and make you feel better overall.
How to Start a Detox
The first step to starting a detox is to identify the reasons why you want to do it. Once you know why, you need to choose between different types of detoxes. Each type of detox addresses different issues in regard to your health.
This is the hardest type of fasting to accomplish. You need to be careful about doing this type of fasting longer than two or three days. The way a water fasting works is that it stops all digestion so that your body can focus on other aspects of healing itself. The benefits can seem miraculous, and many people report amazing results. Water fasting allows your body time to heal and rid itself of all the toxins you put into it through ingestion. If you do it yourself, it’s also free, since good filtered water costs nothing more than the price of the filter which you likely already have. But, you need to be very careful and pay close attention to how you feel throughout the experience. If you have skin problems, digestion problems or issues with food addictions, then you may want to try water fasting. People have even seen a complete reversal of skin conditions like psoriasis through water fasting.
Many practitioners call a juice fasting a “juice feast” instead of a fast, because you’re still getting a lot of nutrients. In fact, you don’t want to limit how much fresh, naturally squeezed and pressed juice you drink. You should try to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of fresh juice each day, plus water. Aim to continue getting as many calories as you need to maintain your normal healthy weight. A juice fast is good for people who need to lose weight, or to jump-start a healthier, more organic and natural eating plan. It is also good for people who have digestive issues, and even some very serious health problems. The great thing is that you really don’t suffer from hunger and as much deprivation during the juice fasting in the same way as you might during a water fasting.
During this detox, anything you eat should be plant-based and devoid of animal products and processed food. That means you cannot eat anything that is pre-made. Items like boxed cereal, processed snacks, or anything that you don’t make yourself fresh or buy freshly made with minimal processing and preservatives, are off limits. In addition, you should try to buy most things organic to avoid pesticides and contaminants. Better still, grow your own food if you can. This type of detox can become a complete way of life. It’s not necessary to do it only temporarily. You can eat this way long term and experience long-term good health. But, even if you only do it for 30 to 90 days, you’ll experience some great benefits. Many people see results in only ten days. This is considered a diet that can make you heart attack proof. If you’re currently on medications for high cholesterol, have had a heart condition or any other health issues, or are obese, this is the perfect detox for you to try. Always check with your doctor first, though.
You’ll need to be willing to give up animal-derived food products, added oil, and drop any pre-conceived notions about how bad rice and potatoes are for you. But, once you get a load of how good the food is, you’ll be hooked for a lot longer than just a few days for a detox. Suddenly eating clean will feel like a pleasure because you’re going to feel awesome. The proponents of this detox diet claim that you don’t need more than five to ten percent protein, which you can get totally from plants. They maintain that eating too much protein and fat is the cause of disease, rather than starches.
Now that we’ve talked about a few types of detox diets, you can choose one based on your health issues. It’s important to also consult with your healthcare practitioner before going on any new eating plan – especially a water detox or a juice fasting. The other diets are likely safe but if you’re taking medication, still check with your doctor before making major changes.
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About the author
Anthony Ekanem is a graduate of Management and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He is a Writer, E-zine Contributor, Blogger and Information Marketer.