What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the natural process by which your body neutralizes, transforms, or eliminates unwanted materials or toxins. It is the body’s primary function, constantly working and interacting with all other functions. So when we are talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems, using short-term interventions.
This is done by decreasing the number of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting, enhancing our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Why Do I Need Detox?
Our bodies actually detoxify naturally, but We live in a world that is filled with chemicals and heavy metals. They are in our water, in the air, in the food and in nearly everything we touch. Toxin exposure can compromise the process, causing our bodies to struggle to properly cleanse our organs and tissues.
Too many of us bathe and shampoo with products laced with chemicals, use products to shave, to smell good, to soften and treat our skin, and more. Every day, our skin absorbs these chemicals.
We pick up parasites from our food and our surroundings that take up residence in our bodies, which disrupt our inner organs, and interfere with optimum health.
Eating a diet high in meat, dairy, and processed or fatty foods can clog the system. Regardless of your diet choices, the state of your detoxification mechanisms and your exposure to toxins, just about everyone can benefit from the occasional detox.
The purpose of detoxification is to clear the body of these foreign substances along with accumulated waste in order to optimize healthy bodily functions and healing.
Consider it a system reboot, providing your body with a fresh start.
How Do I Know If I Need to Detoxify?
When the liver is overworked and overburdened by chemicals, medications, alcohol, caffeine; poor food choices and environmental toxins proper digesting of the food you eat is much more difficult.
When you don’t digest properly you don’t get the nutrients from your food to nourish your body which not only leaves you with low energy, difficulty losing weight and in pain, but also puts you at greater risk from invading pathogens.
Detoxification is needed if you are suffering from the following:
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Skin Problems
- Puffy eyes
- Poor Immunity
- Chronic Constipation
- Acid Reflux and Bloating
- Unable to Focus
- Frequent mood change
- Emotionally unstable, depressed, unmotivated and lacking energy and enthusiasm for life
- Weight Gain
- High Food Cravings
- Trouble Sleeping
- Increased Headaches
- Stiff and Sore Muscles
What are the Benefits of Detoxifying?
Since the toxins store up in major organs like liver, gut. detoxification will help these areas the most. The organs will begin to work more effectively.
After the detox is completed, you may feel “lighter” and more energetic, your body’s immune system will be stronger. Finally, a detoxification program will clear your blood, allowing it to circulate more freely.
Toxins and free radicals that build up in the body can also have an impact on brain functions. You may experience difficulty sleeping, chronic fatigue, and difficulty concentrating prior to a detox. Once you work through this process, many of these issues will gradually disappear. You will be able to feel relaxed, sleep better and concentrate more.
What Should Be Done During Detox?
Detoxification should be a lifestyle change that emphasizes eating healthy foods. It results in cleansing of the body, nourishing and recharging it. One should first focus on reducing the toxin load to the body then eating such foods, which can provide healthy nutrients that will help in refueling the body.
The focus should be to detox all aspects of life:
- Getting all the nutrients that the body needs best through IV Therapy instead of supplements
- Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
- Focusing on sleep
- Drinking more water
- Reducing intake of sugar and processed foods
- Eating more antioxidant-rich foods
- Eliminating foods high in heavy metals, contaminants, intolerances and allergens.
- Eating foods high in prebiotics
- Decreasing salt intake
- Avoiding refined grains
- Exercising and sweating regularly
- Implementing stress-relief strategies and techniques.
Adopting the right program can boost one’s health. It will also make one feel happier and healthier from within.
Can I Exercise While I am Detoxing?
You can, but don’t overdo it. Sweating can help your body to detoxify, but it’s best to exercise caution. Your body needs rest during a detox and if your program includes fasting or a large decrease in calories, you may not have as much energy to burn.
Can Detox Help Me Lose Weight?
Often people will lose weight while detoxing, but it’s important to remember that the purpose of a detox is to cleanse your organs, not to shed kilograms. With that said, doing a cleanse before you start a weight loss program is a great way to condition your body for the journey.
The weight loss usually happens because you start to retain less water and Increase your metabolism.