Detox– You’ll Feel Lighter and Better

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

 

Eating Healthier in 3 Steps

Everywhere you look there are diet books, shows, blogs, and people offering advice on how to lose weight and keep it off. Most tell you to eat more veggies, fruits, grains and legumes. Many will advocate receiving your intake of caffeine, saturated fats, alcohol and refined sugars. There seem to be so many different complicated formulas on weight loss, including caloric intake and output, body mass index and base metabolic rate that it can get confusing and overwhelming.
If you want to lose weight, you first need to make a commitment to changing your eating habits by eating more healthy foods more often.

Healthy Eating Rule #1

Avoid refined foods as much as you can. What this means is you shouldn’t eat foods that have a long list of ingredients – especially if you can’t pronounce them. A simpler way to remember this is to think of what color the food is. If it’s white (such as flour, dairy, sugar and bread), stay away. When you refine food you are likely to destroy the vitamins and nutrients. So instead of giving your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs, you’ll end up feeling empty and craving more food.

Healthy Eating Rule #2

Don’t mix your fruits and vegetables together. This is strange, since they’re always in the same sentence and food group. But the body involves different digestive juices to digest and break down fruits and the fructose they contain than it does for vegetables. Also, read the labels on store- bought fruit juices as they are often processed and loaded with sugars, and are missing the beneficial flavonoids that fresh fruit has. Your daily diet should have a ratio of 3 vegetable servings to every 1 serving of fruit.

Healthy Eating Rule #3

You should have a cheat day. In fact most nutritionists encourage it. During the week make a list of all the foods you’ve been craving and let yourself eat them on your cheat day (in moderation of course). IN addition to keeping you sane, this will create a digestive overload in your body, making your body produce more digestive enzymes which will help you during the rest of the week. Lastly, your one day of cheating will slowly but surely teach you what being healthy and energetic feels like versus lethargic and unhealthy, which will make eating healthier an easier choice.