I have typically, over the years, taken the stance that if you eat well and move...often, occasionally do an homeopathic detox you are good. I am coming to the conclusion that it isn't enough.
You need to be scheduling some regular
detoxes into your year.
Detoxes that include mind and body, so I am going to share some tools with you over the next few weeks, to help you with detoxing.
Your body has given you a lot over the years – mobility, health, and energy. It may not be your fault that it’s become run down, but it is your responsibility to reverse the damage that’s been done and give it a fighting chance to heal.
There’s a definite mental benefit from detoxing, as well.
Think about how your body reacts when you’re feeling sluggish. You don’t sleep well, you can’t remember things as easily, you might feel irritable – it’s the complete opposite of the happy,
alert and energetic self you want to be on a daily basis.
Embarking on a detox enables you to give your body and mind a tune up.
Just like an auto shop that drains the cloudy oil from a car and replaces it with new,
clean oil – you’ll be helping your body filter out the bad toxins and replace it with clean,
fuel-providing foods that increase performance.
What Does It Mean for Something to Be Toxic?
Well, it means your body has no use for it, so it has to work hard to rid your body of it.
Sometimes, it even fails, and those toxins build up inside your body and wreak
havoc on your health.
You may not see any side effects the first day you’re exposed to toxins, but over time,
it begins to take its toll and you start to experience the burden of your body being
unable to handle the overload.
Sometimes toxins have mild side effects, like a minor headache, a sneeze or other reaction. Sometimes it’s more serious – like being a cancer-causing toxin residing in your body.
If your body isn't performing optimally, then it’s going to struggle cleaning the toxins out.
It will become sluggish and falter. A detox periodically can rev up your inner engines
and help you function at peak performance levels.
The Basic Rules of Detoxing Your Body
With a detox, you’re going to have to identify the toxins in your own life and then avoid them.
At the same time, you’ll need to take some steps to boost your body with the repair process.
You can detox your body from the inside-out. The toxins are things you've ingested as well as outer pollutants that have landed on your body. Many people don’t think about it,
but your skin is the largest organ you have – and you may not be protecting it from toxins
in the air.
When you detox, you’ll not only be identifying and avoiding toxins, but you’ll be using things like diet, sleep, stress relief and more to help rid your body of damaging elements.
When you go through a full body detox, not only will your skin get cleansed, but your internal organs as well – your kidney, stomach, lungs and more. Your kidneys and sweat glands will do most of the heavy lifting during the detox process.
You’re going to have to change your habits. Everything from getting a good night’s
sleep to getting up and moving more will help your body flush out toxins on a daily basis.
If you smoke, you’ll need to stop. If you drink alcohol, let go of that habit during your detox stage. Even bad habits like cursing a lot can weigh heavily on your emotions and contribute to stress,
which is toxic to your body because it floods your bloodstream with unhealthy hormones.
Benefits You’ll Experience with a Good Detox
A detox can be something you have to fully commit to – and it might feel dramatically different to you. But if you give yourself a chance to experience the full array of benefits, you’ll feel amazing and give your body a gift that contributes to your longevity.
The first thing you’ll notice is that when you’re starting the detox, your energy levels might slump slightly at first. Then, they soar! Detoxing your body helps refuel your energy levels because your body isn't having to work so hard to function.
Your stress levels will plummet. Doing a total wellness detox means not only are you avoiding physical toxins, but the pollutants of your mind start to disappear as well.
When your brain is functioning better and you’re sleeping better, your stress levels will naturally
subside because you’ll gain clarity.
You’ll notice that you get sick less often. Toxins really attack your immune system, so when you rid your body of them, your white blood cells are able to fight off invaders more easily.
Weight loss will come to more easily, too. Your body won’t have to focus on cleaning your body of toxins. It will be able to burn fat with a laser-like focus. The energy increase, paired with natural shedding of pounds will really inspire you to stay on track with your detox.
Please consider a detox in the spring and in the fall.
In the spring you will shed the "weight "of the winter and there are so many cleansing herbs and vegetables available to make detox pleasant and productive.
In the fall you prepare yourself for the hardship of winter, and again there are a different group of herbs and vegetables that are perfect for your detox regimen.