Detoxing, or cleansing, gets a lot of attention when done by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek. You can frequently see sensationalist headlines on magazines in the supermarket about the benefits of detoxing and why you should do it.
What is “Detoxing”?
Detoxification (detoxing) is simply the process of removing toxins from your body. This is achieved primarily through dietary changes but can also involve the use of essential oils, herbal supplements and other detox tools.
Why Do People Detox?
Frequent exposure to environmental toxins is more common than most people realize. Most of us have varying levels of toxins in our bodies and the scary part is that we live with this threat unknowingly.
Although the liver, skin, intestines, kidneys, lungs and lymphatic system perform your body’s natural detoxing functions, these organs do not always get rid of all toxins. Much of this has to do with the fact that humans are exposed to harmful chemicals on a daily basis. Our bodies are like sponges and absorb free radicals and other harmful toxins from the air, things we touch, in the food we eat and through the skin when using personal care products. As these toxins accumulate over time, they can cause permanent damage to your body, make you more susceptible to certain diseases and drastically reduce your energy levels.
What Are the Benefits of Detoxing?
Toxins stress the body’s organs and tissues which can cause you to feel irritable, moody or even depressed. Detoxing rejuvenates and refreshes the affected organs and tissues which has a huge impact on your mood.
A build-up of toxic waste in the body affects the functioning capacity of your digestive system. Processed foods compound this affect, straining your digestive system and causing it become inefficient at removing waste materials from the body. By detoxing, you give your digestive system a much needed rest which allows it to function more efficiently, absorb healthy boosting nutrients more effectively and remove waste materials at a faster rate.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, it eliminates toxins from your body through sweat. When the body has too many internal toxins, the skin becomes clogged up and is unable to function properly. This results in a variety of skin conditions such as dryness, redness, itchiness, and skin irritations. Detoxing releases this buildup of toxins and restores full health to your skin.
Since a detox enhances your digestive health, your metabolism will receive an instant boost and this in turn can help you lose weight. Additionally, since most detox programs involve changing your food habits, you may consume fewer calories and lose weight while completing them.
During a detox, you’ll be eliminating the toxins that sap away at your energy levels and cause you to feel fatigued. Often you’ll also be adding concentrated nutrients to your body that boost your energy levels via supplements and/or juicing. This gives you an instant, natural, and sustainable lift in your energy levels.
Toxins are highly detrimental to your immune system and can prevent it from functioning properly. When these toxins are eliminated from your body, your immune system will be able to fight off illnesses, protect against disease, and fend off infection much more effectively.
Should I Try a Detox?
Detoxing can be overwhelming. You may want to try limiting or eliminating certain foods from your diet as a preliminary step to a full out detoxing program, such as processed foods and refined sugars.
The process of detoxing requires you to make some sacrifices and involves a great deal of discipline, there are many benefits to reap. After a detox program, the organs affected by toxin overload will begin to function more effectively. This results in your body feeling lighter and more energized, your skin becoming smoother and clearer, your immune system getting stronger, your blood circulation improving, your brain functioning more effectively and much more.
However, it’s important to point out that although many people report feeling more energized, lighter and sharper after a detox diet, detoxing is not safe for everyone. Detox programs can cause more harm than good in pregnant women, elderly persons, children, and people with weak immune systems. Therefore, always consult a health care provider before starting any detox program to be on the safe side.
If you want to fire up your energy levels and immunity, detoxing can be a great solution.
There are endless programs, diets, and detox plans available. Therefore, it’s important to select a detox method that works for you.
Whether you choose to try a detox program or not, a full, balanced, healthy, and nutritious diet is always encouraged…