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Should you do a body detox?
As time goes by the body can become filled with toxins from stress, the food and drinks you consume, everyday pollutants, and more. These toxins can then lead you to feel tired, irritable, run down, and ultimately can contribute to various health risks which can greatly compromise your quality of life.
It is important to reduce your exposures to those elements that compromise your body’s ability to adequately detoxify toxins. Don’t wait to get to a tipping point of disease manifestation. It is important to know that your body requires certain things in order for it to detoxify efficiently. Given all the pollutants we are are exposed to daily, there is no one that should not consider a periodic detox.
A body detox can help remove the pollutants within your body so that you feel better, stronger, and live longer. Many foods are rich in antioxidants and plenty of supplements, exercises, and even medications exist that can also do the trick. However, if you don’t eat a healthy diet and limit your exposure to environmental pollutants you are falsely deceiving yourself that doing a “detox” will miraculously makeup for bad habits.
Know the basics to cleaning up your health landscape. This will lead to less body burden or work for your detoxification pathways. Some of the ways to do this are:
Stress reduction Getting adequate sleep
Using natural cleaning products Eating an all organic diet
Using organic hair products and cosmetics
Drinking plenty of filtered water
Supplementing your diet with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 500-1000mg three times daily may also be recommended. NAC is a precursor to glutathione, a power anti-oxidant and liver detoxifier.
So you are telling me to detox, but what is Body Detoxification?
Detoxification is a process that effectively removes toxins from the body. Many people call this process a “cleanse” because the goal is to cleanse the body quickly through a few different means. Herbal detoxification regimens, vitamin supplements, and a change of diet are all ways in which to start a body detox. Such cleanses are often beneficial to one’s overall health and can help maintain the ordinary bodily functions that can become slowed down due to too many toxins within the system. It is important to note there are very aggressive cleanses on the market. I am not talking about those. There are some very nice gentle detoxification protocols that you can supplement a healthy diet with. I would recommend consulting your health care provider before attempting any detox. You should then work with a trained holistic practitioner to guide you and suggest a program that is right for you.
A body detox can be helpful, but should not be attempted too often. A complete cleanse works best when executed a few times a year or when you are feeling especially run down and tired. Depending on the practitioner, it might be recommended that you consider a detox in the spring, spring and fall, or with the change of seasons. Even better yet, you can keep up a “continuous” cleanse by consuming a diet filled with antioxidant rich foods, adequate exercise, and other natural lifestyle changes.
There are also a variety of benefits that come along with regular body cleanses that can really work wonders on your health and wellness.
The Benefits of a Body Detox/Cleanse
A detox should not be long, and arduous. There are plenty of benefits of a body cleanse but the most noticeable ones will be physical. Those who successfully complete a detox may find themselves feeling the following ways:
Lighter: A feeling of “lightness” is most often reported by those who finish a detox. This is because most toxins that enter the body are stored in the major organs, namely the stomach, intestines, and liver. When these toxins are removed, these systems begin to work better, which in turn helps you literally feel lighter.
Better: Feeling “better” simply refers to feeling healthier, more alert, and even happier thanks to an improved immune system. Similar to how one feels after getting over an illness, people find that after a body detox they feel much better all around. They sleep better, have regular bowel movements, and have more energy throughout the day. Diseases are fought off more efficiently thanks to a stronger immune system. With the absence of toxins, the immune system immediately becomes much more efficient so that you stay healthy and avoid illnesses that can knock you out for days or weeks at a time.
Clearer: An effective cleanse is also good for the blood. When the body is free of toxins, the blood becomes clearer which means it circulates better. Better circulation means less inflammation, greater mental alertness, and healthier systems.
There are also plenty of mental benefits that come from a body detox. When the body is filled with toxins, it can slow brain function significantly.
When these are cleared from your system, you may find the following results:
Better Sleep: You’ll be able to fall asleep quicker, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed.
Less Fatigue: As the toxins leave your body, you’ll find that the chronic fatigue you may have become accustomed to will gradually disappear, helping you to feel more alert and energized throughout the day.
Better Concentration: The brain can become muddled from fatigue when too many toxins are present in the body. After a detox, you’ll find that over time your concentration will greatly improve.
A full body detox is great for those who may be feeling weighed down by life and its stressors. When taking on a full body cleanse, you will need focus, determination, and discipline. Once the detox is over, however, you’ll enjoy the amazing benefits of a body free of pollutants. This is provided you consume a healthy diet, exercise, reduce stress, get adequate sleep, and limit your exposure to environmental toxins. To learn more about how these factors affect your health and body detoxification pathways, my book “Seeds 4 Change: A Path to Health and Healing” will help get you started. You can get it now by clicking on this link.
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