You’ve probably heard people say it’s a good idea to “detoxify” yourself. And they’re right: given the amount of toxins we’re all exposed to daily, detoxing your body is not only beneficial, but necessary.
Have you tried a detoxing or starting a detox program?
Whether you’re just curious about detoxing or actively considering trying it, learning about the benefits of detoxing will help you decide to start!
A detox is a process or period of time in which one rids and abstains from toxic or unhealthy substances. It is detoxification. Essentially, we are what we eat, so poor nutrition causes our body and gut to bloat and slow down. For example, when you clean the inside of your car – and I mean really clean it out – you clean out all the dust, seats, mats and hang up an air freshener. You then sit behind the wheel, and everything looks and smells great.
With a detox, that’s what you do for your body.
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Our body has its own natural detox methods – the liver, sweat, breathing, urine and feces are the body’s way of detoxifying itself. However, our vital organs are often overworked from daily toxin buildup and can always use a break.
Since detoxing is a trendy topic, you will find no end of online detox diets. No matter which approach you choose or how self-disciplined you are about trying a 7-day detox, the benefits of a detox can’t be denied.
Side note: Drink water! Water is just as important to humans as it is to fish. Fish live in it, and we can't live without it. Drink plenty of it! Your body uses water in all of its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Studies show that even when your body is mildly dehydrated you can suffer from headaches, anxiety, mood disorders and decreased cognitive performance ¹.
Let's explore the many benefits detoxifying your body can bring:
During the detox, you might feel fatigued from your body cleansing toxins, but afterwards you’ll notice an energy boost. Detoxing helps you keep going without the caffeine and sugar that cause energy crashes. This will give you more stable energy throughout the day.
We constantly ingest toxins: we breathe in chemicals and allergens, consume heavy metals, and abuse medication. The great benefit of detoxifying your body is that it will stop you from over-consuming food toxins. You will likely develop more self-awareness about your food intake and start to pick organic produce and choose foods that aren’t processed.
If losing weight is one of your goals, a detox can be a great way to start. By following a detox diet, you cut yourself off cold turkey from your normal American diet, which is loaded with harmful fat, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and overly processed foods. One of the best things about a detox is that it forces you to break poor eating habits and keeps you on track for future weight loss. For more info, read the truth about weight loss.
Some say that controlling cravings is all about willpower. In fact, cravings are due to hormonal imbalances that are the result of toxic overload – for example, through consumption of high amounts of dairy and meats from livestock that are typically injected with growth hormones. The faster you reduce our ingestion of toxins, the quicker your body can filter out excess hormones and reduce hormonal imbalances.
Just like any addiction drug or alcohol, food addiction is hard to stop. A detox can help eliminate addictive chemicals that lead to addiction – even a sugar addiction. Yes, sugar is actually toxic. Sugary junk foods act on dopamine receptors in a similar way that cocaine does. ²
According to Robert Black, Professor and Chair, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, micronutrient deficiency is one of the leading causes of disease and even mortality⁴. With any detox, the food choices will be nutrient-dense, which will ensure that your body gets its essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.
If you want clearer thoughts and improved memory, detoxing is the way to go! Detoxing not only provides physical benefits but mental ones as well. Getting rid of toxins and free radicals that accumulate in your body helps improve brain function. You might also want to incorporate meditation as part of your detox journey.
As you begin your detoxifying journey, you will begin to feel better physically and mentally. This feeling can be addictive and lead you to change your lifestyle by cutting out the bad elements that give your body those toxins. Begin taking steps to a new healthier you – today!
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