The dawning of a new year comes with desires to start afresh and start right. Personal healthcare is one area we often want to do better in and the beginning of each new year usually re-motivates us.
Detoxing: a word that you’ve probably heard a lot about –and many times abused –is an important aspect of body healthcare that is really beneficial for kick-starting the year. It’s a process that your body needs to undergo from time to time in order for it to keep functioning efficiently. Undergoing a good detox as another year commences (and from time to time as the year progresses) will rid your body of toxins that have accumulated over time, consequently rejuvenating and refueling your body to perform at its best. This article will help you to understand what detoxing is all about –and its benefits –so that you can make an informed decision the next time you are confronted with the idea.
Detoxification is a continual and natural process that the body undergoes to neutralise and remove toxic substances and wastes from the body. The body organs involved in the natural detoxification process are the: liver, kidney, intestines, skin, lungs and lymphatic system. The main detoxification organ, however, is the LIVER.
Detoxing is a time bound program that a person undergoes from time to time to optimize the body’s natural ability to detox. Such an intervention is required when the toxins build up in the body becomes too overwhelming for the detoxing organs thereby decreasing their efficiency at carrying out the detoxification process. A good detoxing program will ensure that the body is taking a break from the harmful substances that increase the toxin load, while taking in the right foods (i.e. vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, enzymes) that help to optimize the natural detoxification process.
Detoxing methods include:
- detoxification diets
- electrical or electromagnetic treatments such the Aqua Detox Treatment
- detoxification foot pads
- water fasting
- metabolic therapy
- colon therapy (i.e. enemas)
Indicators of the need for a Detox
A good detox maybe required if you are constantly experiencing the following:
- Excessive weight gain
- Overly Stressed
- Digestive problems (i.e. constipation, bloating, IBS)
- Bad breath and body odour
- Lethargic & Tiring easily
- Reduced memory
- Skin problems
Sources of Toxins
The toxin build up in the body comes from various sources which include the following:
- Toxins naturally produced by the body as a result of the metabolic processes taking place in the body
- Air Pollution (i.e. exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke)
- Food additives, preservatives and colorings in processed foods (espescially TARTRAZINE, a yellow food coloring)
- Fast foods and junk food
- Drugs (including OTC, prescription and ‘recreational’)
- Pesticides, herbicides, insecticide sprays(i.e. Doom, Baygon) and some household cleaning products
7 Benefits to Detoxing
Whether you choose to detox regularly or (even better) to lead a healthy lifestyle that optimizes natural detoxification, you stand to benefit from an overally greater quality of life! Here’s how:
- Weight loss
Toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are directly linked to weight issues. Detoxing rids the body of toxins stored in fat cells AND as the toxins go, so does the fat!
- Slows premature aging
Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging and various ailments. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress
- Improved quality of life
Simply put, our bodies don’t function very well when they’re loaded with toxins. We become overly stressed, may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and a lack of energy. Depression can also be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxing.
- Increased energy levels
You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing. People tend to sleep better too, after detoxing
- Improved skin quality
Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect skin. Detoxing improves acne, and strengthens hair and nails, and gives us a natural, healthy glow.
- Mental and emotional clarity
When the body’s systems are aligned, after detoxing, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states. We are more clear and grounded and can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently
- Restored Balance
Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins and unhealthy foods, these systems don’t work as well as they should and we get sick. Detoxing brings balance back and helps our systems function properly again.
Whether you choose to detox regularly or (even better) to lead a healthy lifestyle that optimizes natural detoxification, you stand to benefit from an overall greater quality of life!
I trust this article has provided you with enough buy-in on the matter of detoxing and if you should choose to undergo a detox soon, we would love to get your feedback.