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Detoxification of the Physical Body

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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.

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com

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.

Teas:

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.

Supplements:
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.

xoxo,

Erin

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Detox!

I have tried plenty of detox methods and purchased some of the celebrity trainer cleanses. They all claim to kick start your metabolism and make you healthier.

You can stop by the grocery and find select teas, drinks, pills. You can even go online and find all kinds of information on foot detox, colon cleanses, and ways you can purge toxins from your body. Is it necessary?

Our bodies were not designed to take in all the chemicals, toxins, and pollutants. We can slow our bodies fat burning efficiency by overloading our liver with processed foods. It is imperative that we have all the organs functioning for fat loss, overall health, and emotional health. If our kidneys are overloaded, they are not flushing toxins out of the body.

So, should you run out and buy pills? You don’t have to. Here are some things you can do to detox your system. Talk to your doctor before changing your diet and always eat at least 1200 calories a day.

1. Drink more water (80 oz for women, 100 for men). Add a squirt of lemon to your water.

2. Eliminate sugar, processed foods, caffeine, and red meat. This doesn’t have to be forever, just try it for a week or two weeks. If you’re a coffee drinker or sugar addict, you will have withdrawal symptoms.

3. Eat vegetables and legumes (beans). Fiber helps!

4. Cut back or cut out animal products ( especially dairy).

5. Cut out simple carbs: white bread, rice, pasta, etc…

6. Make time to relax! Prolonged stress causes hormonal imbalance.

I love the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Food can be healing. Eating healthy foods helps the body detox itself. Some choose fasting from food to detox the body, but you should use caution with prolonged fasting especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. If you choose a liquid cleanse, drink water and lots of it, and talk to your physician. I’m not here to give medical advice just to share what I’ve learned.

The sugar and simple carb detox I completed last fall was amazing! I had better results and felt better than with any pills. Body fat melted off, and I felt great! Whole foods are good for us! 🙂

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