When you hear or read the word detox, what comes to mind? Often times it’s associated with fruit-infused water, a cleanse, a reset button, maybe even a wash out.
Let’s start with what is a detox? By dictionary definition, a “detox” is a process or period of time in which one abstains or get rid the body of toxins, impurities and unhealthy substances.
The process of detoxification has been viewed as an alternative form of medicine dating back to ancient times where many of our ancestors used rest, herbs, saunas, fasting, dry brushing, meditation and exercise to cleanse their bodies back to a state of homeostasis while giving the body a chance to heal itself.
Today, with the rates of pollution being higher than ever in the world, we are continuously being exposed to a number of chemicals that contribute negatively to our health. Our body is working around the clock to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from the various organ systems. Over time, our bodies may get run down from unhealthy food choices, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, stress and environmental toxins that have become a part of everyday life. No matter how healthy one’s diet or lifestyle may be, external factors still require us to take a step back and give our body the rest and recovery that it needs. We’ve become so desensitized to these factors that when foreign elements get built up into our systems at rates faster than our bodies can handle, we overlook the symptoms and continue living our fast-paced lives.
Our organs are the most important structures in our body. They can be seen as natural detoxing machines that perform specific functions and work together to keep us alive and well. Through the 11 organ systems, the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin are the main vessels within the body that aid in the expulsion. Our mouths, skin, sweat glands and air passages are also the direct passages that toxins are able to get into our bodies.
As the weather begins to get cooler and we reflect back on how epic Summer 2018 was, I’m sure we can all agree that we had our fair share of links & drinks, day parties and bottomless mimosas. Even after that hangover and passing off on the drinks for a week, our livers could sure use a little more love!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
A detox can be viewed as a reset button. You are allowing your organs to take a break, and the build-up is able to be excreted. Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Improved quality of life
- You’ll feel a boost of energy
- Increased mental clarity & focus
- Improved confidence and empowerment
- Motivation to create new goals and habits
- Stronger immune system
- Curbs cravings & hunger
- Radiant skin
- Weight management
- Hormonal balance
- Slowed signs of aging
- Stronger hair follicles and shinier hair
WHEN IS IT TIME FOR A DETOX?
To be honest, it’s always time for a detox. If you suffer from skin breakouts, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, feel stressed or fatigued all of the time, you consume coffee, alcohol, smoke inhalants, or just need to try something new, there are endless reasons to detox.
HOW DO I DETOX?
A healthy diet is the best way to detoxify. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “healthy” eater, increasing your intake of water will help you greatly. Our bodies are made up of at least 70% water, in order to flush our systems and allow more oxygen to be delivered to our cells, it’s important that we increase foods full of life.
- Drink LOTS of water
- GET SOME REST
- Increase your intake of fresh fruits & vegetables
- Smoothies & juices are great if you have a sweet tooth
- Try out some herbal teas and soups
- SWEAT; Get your blood flowing and the oxygen to your cells
Your body is your temple. Treat it well, and it’ll treat you better.