The Safer way to Detox
What does the word DETOX mean to you?
You probably know of someone who tried a detox program or a cleanse before. Perhaps they drank a magic elixir of ingredients for a few days and then they exclaimed happily, “I lost 10 pounds!”
What you might not have heard is that a month later, they gained 15 pounds back!
Detox and cleanse products are generally composed of various diuretics and laxatives, which usually just make you pee and poop a lot. No wonder you lose weight! Now that might seem like it could be a healthy thing to do, but let me tell you why I personally feel otherwise:
– When you cleanse, EVERYTHING flushes from your body, including the GOOD bacteria in your digestive tract. This can weaken the immune system and actually make you more susceptible to illness.
– When you cleanse, you lose electrolytes and salts that your body NEEDS to function properly.
– When you cleanse, you may lose weight, but because you lose all of the GOOD stuff your body needs along with it, it can kick everything into a sort of “starvation mode,” so most of what you consume afterward wants to be stored in the body as fat.
Thankfully, there are ways to detoxify the body naturally, all while replenishing the healthy nutrients you need, so you can remain at an optimum level of health. Here are 3 of my favourite ways to detox naturally:
The DETOX TOP 3
When it comes to wanting to eliminate toxins your body, I recommend starting your day with a warm glass of lemon water. It will jumpstart your metabolism and help get your body going while being super supporting to the liver and kidneys; two of our major detoxifying organs. It is considered by many holistic nutritionists to be one of the simplest and most effective tips you can incorporate into your morning routine!
Yeah, you’ve all heard the story about keeping regular by getting enough fibre, but do you know that a TON of people don’t? Fibre adds bulk to our poop, which is GREAT for detoxifying the body naturally, and keeping our insides clean. Think of fibre like the bristles of a brush, sweeping away all of the dusty corners of our digestive tract and removing lots of the yucky stuff. There are even entire weight loss programs out there dedicated to educating people on the importance of fibre!
Looking to increase your fibre intake? If you increase your fruit and veggie intake, your fibre intake will naturally go up too. It’s a win-win in the detox department!
Ever hear the term, “Sweat once a day?” It’s not just so you can LOOK a certain way. Exercise helps to naturally detoxify the body. If you’ve been feeling icky, tired, or sluggish lately, it is AMAZING what a 30-minute daily sweat session can do for clearing out your body AND your mind mind! Remember that your skin is your largest organ, and sweat eliminates toxins with it, so lace up those sneakers and get moving!