We’ve all heard the word “detox.” It’s actually one of those buzzwords that really gets people motivated and inspired on a particular item or topic, and in this case, the term detox is the word causing a buzz.
Detoxing is a process that requires one to follow a certain diet made to rid your body of toxins, which in turn, improves your overall health and aids in weight loss. Typically, you’ll see people detoxing before a vacation and especially after, being that most people use vacations as an excuse to eat poorly. So when they come back, they try to rid their bodies of all the bad stuff they consumed.
This thought process is pretty understandable… You can’t deprive yourself of the things you enjoy out of life, like food, but at the same time, you can’t let it consume you either. One of the best parts about the human body is that it’s well-equipped to naturally get rid of those bad toxins, so there’s really no need to detox, per se because your body can do that on its own. However, there’s nothing wrong with enhancing your body’s natural detoxification system either.
Our body’s ability to naturally detox our system is ultimately what keeps us healthy, but have you ever felt sluggish, had difficulty sleeping, and gained weight seemingly out of nowhere? If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because your poor eating and drinking habits have broken your metabolism. Feeling sluggish, weight gain, etc… those symptoms are how metabolic dysfunction tends to present itself in your body.
The great news is that metabolic dysfunction isn’t a permanent condition. With a few lifestyle changes, those symptoms can be drastically reduced or eliminated. And by rejuvenating your body’s natural detoxification system by detoxing, you’ll be on the way to a much healthier you!
The key to success is to make sure you’re properly detoxing your body because there are indeed some scams out there that claim to detox your body but indeed do more harm to your body than good. Before you try any “magical’ detox program, just be sure to do your research and see which ones prove to be most beneficial to you. Take a look at how you can simply enhance your body’s own natural detoxification system through lifestyle changes.
Drink Lots of Water
When you have a cold or the flu, what do people tell you to do? Drink lots of water. When you have constipation, what do people tell you to do? Drink lots of water. Water is recommended for many ailments because it does so much more than quench your thirst. Water consumption aids in digestion, joint lubrication, regulates your body temperature, and, of course, detoxification by removing wastes from your body. It also aids in removing waste products from your blood.
Make Sure You’re Getting Plenty of Sleep
Your body not only needs sleep in hours but also in quality as well, and it plays a major part in how your body naturally detoxes itself. When you go to sleep, your body is physically resting but your brain is reorganizing and recharging itself while removing toxins that accumulated while you were awake.
Beta-amyloid is a protein that’s a major contributor to Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration, and when you’re sleep-deprived, your body doesn’t have the time to properly rid your brain of those wastes. You should make an effort to strive for at least seven hours of sleep per day.
Reduce Your Consumption of Processed Foods and Sugar
Have you ever gotten done eating unhealthy foods and immediately got the “itis?” Itis is a term used to describe the feeling of being tired and wanting to go to sleep after eating. This feeling usually occurs after eating sugar and processed foods because they make you feel heavy. It also doesn’t help that we like to eat until we’re “full” when it really doesn’t take as much food as we consume to feel full… We tend to eat until we feel “stuffed.”
Sugar and processed foods have been directly linked to the health crisis happening in the world. Everything from diabetes and cancer to obesity and chronic diseases, you truly are what you eat, and when you eat these sugary and processed foods, you’re altering your body’s ability to detoxify itself. Those foods harm your liver, kidney, and intestinal lining.
Eat foods rich in protein and antioxidants as well as prebiotics. By eliminating your consumption of processed foods and sugar, you’re giving your gut health a major boost. In fact, improving gut health is one of the biggest motivations behind juice cleansing for weight loss. So whether you get the necessary nutrients in by food or juicing, the important aspect is to eliminate sugar and processed foods and consume nutrient-rich foods and juices.
Start Exercising Regularly
Exercising, of course, aids in weight loss as does the foods you consume but it also aids in detoxing your body, and not how you may think. People tend to think that eliminating toxins from your body is only released through urination and bowel movements, but you can also rid your body of those toxins through exercising by way of sweat.
Oftentimes, toxins get stored in your skin tissues as fat, but when you exercise your body is able to release those toxins. So whether you’re sweating it out on the elliptical machine or in your Zumba class, incorporating a regular exercising routine is another great way to detoxify your body.