“A detox is your opportunity to give your body a break and allow your own self-cleansing and self-healing process”
Detox or cleansing simply means removing toxins from the body. Detoxification is an essential practice for optimal health. Toxins are present everywhere in our ecosystem – the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe etc. Mental stress also adds up to toxin levels in the body. Toxins are also produced as by-products of digestion and the countless chemical processes that take place inside our body. Now the concerns could be – how do these toxins affect health and how does the body handle them? How can we remove toxins from the body? Also, how can we remove toxins from our environment?
Firstly let’s talk about why we require detoxification
Why should we detox?
Directly or indirectly, we expose our body to unwanted or unhealthy food, excess of substances like caffeine, unhealthy habits such as smoking and alcohol, stress, or the environmental factors. No matter how healthy our diet or lifestyle is, environmental toxins or those produced inside our system can slow down or hinder efficient functioning of our body.
Our body constantly eliminates waste from time to time with the help of organs such as liver, lungs, kidneys, skin etc. The most important organ of all which helps in cleansing toxins is our liver. Liver plays a vital role to cleanse our body. It is a multitasking organ – from cleaning the body to metabolic functioning, filtering nutrients and eliminating waste from the body. When the liver handles too much, it makes the body to exhibit symptoms. It’s therefore important to understanding these symptoms and start with a corrective health approach.
8 Common signs when we should cleanse our body
5) Food cravings
6) Irregular sleep
How to detox your body?
Detoxing the body in natural and healthy ways can be your best reset button. Here are some ideas on how to support the body’s detoxification system.
Eat real food
In older days, we used to pick food from locals or directly through cultivation. However, now we buy the same food from supermarkets or malls. Most of the food products that shine and hence sell at supermarkets have high probability of carrying unwanted chemicals or preservatives for an increased shelf life. These toxins enter our body and create trouble. The best way to keep our body healthy and clear of toxins is to avoid these products and switch to organic food. Buy fruits and vegetables from local vendors and farmers. Opt for more natural means than artificial ones.
Hydrate your body
Water accounts for the most percentage of our body and is essential to every body cell. It helps to cleanse our body inside out. Start your day with a glass of lukewarm water and plan to have at least 4-5 liters of liquids a day, out of which maximum proportion should be of plain water. Replace your tea or coffee with healthier alternatives like infusion tea, herbal tea or green tea which are high in antioxidants and act as strong toxifiers.
Adequate sleep (preferably night sleep)
Ensuring adequate and quality sleep each night is a must to support body’s health, recovery, rejuvenation and natural detoxification. Sleeping allows the brain to reorganize and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste byproducts that have accumulated inside the body throughout the day.
Exercising is another effective and natural way to detox our body. It increases lungs’ ability and efficiency to work more. Staying active and following an exercise routine will definitely yield into a healthier and fit body.
Body detox benefits
Detoxification is not only about helping the body get rid of toxins but it also acts like a health reset button. Taking out time to cleanse the body and nurture our vital organs can be of great help.
Here are some post-detox changes you may notice
Your feel more energetic, you feel lighter when you clear out wastes from the body.
Adapting to new routines such as listening to music, trying to engage in some activity like painting or drawing, working out at least twice or thrice in a week, or adapting to new dietary patterns definitely helps lower down stress by keeping us engaged in things that bring us peace, satisfaction and happiness. This is another great way to detox.
When we cleanse our liver, we foster better gut health and digestion.
When we eat the right food and make healthy choices, and our rejuvenated digestive system and metabolism work efficiently, the body starts to get rid of excess weight or fat. This also leads to lesser stress and a healthy and fit body.
Healthy inside leads to a stronger outside. Detoxification and the the ways in which we detoxify our body also provide benefits in immunity building and infection fighting. Those who maintain a clean system inside tend to fall ill less often.
Maintaining a good internal health has a positive impact on the mind. We start making healthier choices and follow healthy lifestyle practices. All this leads to an overall improved quality of life and well being.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.