Hello fitness friends. I haven’t forgotten about you. I hope you are doing well and eating well. Today’s post is about detoxification. This is part of a series on restoration.
Detox: removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, humans (Wikipedia).
You’ve seen the juicing diets and detox products at the store I’m sure. They all claim to cleanse your system, reboot everything, and leave you feeling amazing!
Truth is our bodies accumulate junk. We pile in junk food, processed food, some drink heavily or smoke, there’s our fast food nation with “food” products, there’s pollution in the air,…
Okay so I’m not painting the best picture for you. Yet think about not taking a shower for a week or two. Things get gross. Inside our bodies our continually slimed and often without relief. No wonder we are sluggish, overweight, aging quickly, etc…
Your body needs a break every so often.
Ways you can detox (please, please talk to your doctor before taking any measures. I am not a physician).
1. Up the water (Distilled not tap) and ditch all fast food, processed food, added sugar, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, breads…Take some time to eat fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Cut out the meat and animal products for awhile.
2. Juicing. Check out Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
His juice diet radically changed his life! He also provides recipes and guidelines for juicing. Juicing is a great way to get nutrients.
If you are buying pre made juices, check for additives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and dyes. Also check for excess sugar. The best juice is to do your own with a mix of fresh vegetables and fruits.
3. Fasting (use caution and consult your doctor. Do not fast if you have a medical condition and your doctor does not approve).
Refraining from food and consuming only water for a short period of time helps your body in many ways. Some people do 1 day and some 3. During that time it’s important to drink plenty of water and stop if you get really ill or dizzy. This is not a starvation diet or meant to be done long term. Long term fasting can seriously damage the body.
See more info on fasting here: http://www.allaboutfasting.com/benefits-of-fasting.html
Basically your body expends lots of energy digesting food. When eating stops, it starts repairing things that need healed in your body. Toxins are flushed out (drink tons of water). You’re also not introducing toxins into the body. You have enough body fat and stored energy to skip a few meals, hopefully. And like I said fasting isn’t for everyone. Please do not fast if you haven’t consulted your doctor, especially for water only fasts.
Also fasting will cause repressed emotions and issues not dealt with to surface. We will talk more about that in the spiritual and soul detox post.
4. Supplements and drinks
There are some products on the market that claim to “clean you out.” Do your research. Some are gimmicks and fads. And taking a pill without changing your eating habits is meaningless. I’m also against people taking harsh laxatives. Yes, you’ve cleaned out waste products, but you have not cleansed the kidneys, liver, your blood, etc..our bodies are designed to heal themselves unless there’s a serious disease or illness it can. Built into our bodies is a defense system to ward off sickness. It gets taxed by pollution, dehydration, stress, poor earring habits, and all the processed and fatty foods.
I do drink occasionally Peach Detox tea by Yogi. It has many great ingredients to flush toxins from the kidneys and liver. It’s also inexpensive.
I’ve also taken milk thistle which is good for the liver.
Lastly, detox is not to lose weight primarily. If you have or have had an eating disorder, fasting or refraining from certain foods may be harmful for you. For everyone else, you will lose weight, yet the goal is to get toxins out of the entire body so it runs smoother. It will reboot your system and help your body heal.
Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements or changing your diet.
Next post I will talk about soul detox! Who’s excited? I am. Keep up the good work, cheering for you. 🙂 Treat your body right.