An age old technique practiced even by the Chinese and Ayurveda’s, detox basically involves cleaning the body inside out by eliminating toxins from the body through various means. Detoxifying means; cleaning the body through the blood, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin.
When do you need to detox?
If you are feeling lethargic, having skin problems, digestive issues- sluggish metabolism, bloating, aches and pains, low grade infections, menstrual problems, difficulty losing weight and mental confusion, it is time for a detox.
How can you detox?
Detoxing can be achieved by helping the body’s natural cleansing process by resting the organs through fasting, stimulating the liver, improving blood circulation and promote flushing out waste through the skin, kidneys and intestines.
Cutting down on your toxin load namely coffee, processed foods, cigarettes, alcohol, saturated fats and sugars is the first step. Using natural products for household cleaning and personal health care and avoiding chemical air pollutants that can possibly poison the blood can help too.
Follow a high fiber diet, consume organic fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and keep hydrated. Drink lots of tea, and eat less, clean and healthy to keep fit.
Reduce stress – the root cause of all ailments. Stress causes ‘adrenaline rush’ that slow down the detoxification enzymes in the liver. Exercising regularly, practicing yoga or other meditation techniques can help relieve stress, drive away negative emotions and develops a sense of peace.
Regular oil massaging and skin brushing, detox foot baths can exfoliate the skin to remove toxins and improve circulation. Sweating in the sauna can help the body get rid of toxins through sweat.
With the increasing use of CFC’s and environmental pollutants, use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides; the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases and mental retardation is on the rise.
A colon detox is a must to purify your body and prevent toxins from re-entering your bloodstream, and also a heavy metal cleanses- the cause of headaches, allergies and muscle cramps.
There are various diets that can help you detox including Fruit and Veggie detox, Juice or Smoothie Cleanse, Sugar cleanse or Hypoallergenic detox. A fruit detox is a great way to fast without starving yourself, a liquid diet for a week or a fruit and vegetable diet can help to cleanse the body in a short time.
However, before following any diet, be sure to consult your G.P and a nutritionist as they can best advise you especially if you have a medical condition.
What are the benefits of detox?
Detoxification has many health benefits including
- Speeds up weight loss
- Boosts the Immune system
- Improves Skin and Hair
- Increase in stamina and general well being
- Prevents chronic diseases and liver damage especially if you are constantly smoking or consume alcohol.
- Improves mental health
- Anti-ageing effect