In our natural world, our body encounters toxins regularly which slows down our system and makes it difficult to reap the benefits of a healthy diet or lifestyle.
Whatever your reason for wanting a detox, you are right. You may need it, and you will be amazed at how much your body craved it.
You don’t have to wait till you are completely overindulged before you venture on a detox mission. A little bit every day keeps your body healthy daily.
Why is detox necessary as the first step to starting a healthy eating lifestyle? Let’s dive right in.
Remember that our environment and diet doesn’t actually help our bodies any more than it kills its strength to replenish itself.
You may have been caring less about what you allow to enter into your body for some time now, and this may have had adverse effects.
Now you want to transition over to a healthy eating lifestyle and nobody likes unpleasant surprises (our body inclusive) so it doesn’t do any harm to prepare it for this new phase.
Though your body on its own is has a system for detox we can speed it up by giving it a helping hand once in a while.
To rid your body off of these excess toxins from your unhealthy eating habits and chemicals around us, you need some time tested and proven ways so you don’t have to learn the hard way.
Things you should know before starting a detox;
Word of caution first; please don’t accept a detox plan recommendation that requires you to stop eating for a body cleanse.
Our body has its way of storing whatever it’s not getting instead of releasing it.
So if you deprive yourself of the certain required amount of calories fats and carbohydrates, your body will get the wrong signal and fight to store such nutrients thereby doing more harm than good.
Detox should be Short term;
First off, detox doesn’t have to be complicated, I don’t recommend doing whatever method of detox you choose for too long,
A few or just a day will give you amazing results and you don’t have to cut out entirely all nutrients from your diet. Just a few like sugar, processed foods, caffeine and major fats, and carbs
You know how there is a whole lot of advice out there telling you how you should detox for a long time (3 to 21 days or even more), it’s the reason why many health practitioners are against the idea of detox.
I sort of agree with them, don’t get me wrong I know they give us trash sometimes, but they still got it right on this one, it’s not like they are trying to sell us anything.
My take is this: detox for a few hours or just a day, this is because detox is not something you have to continue for a long time but something you do periodically over a short period of time.
It’s just like how exfoliation and scrubbing help with whatever skincare regime you want to embark on, it prepares the skin for any skin food you need to pamper it with.
You don’t have to exfoliate and scrub every day or for too long at a time.
Another reason why detox shouldn’t be long term is that during detox in most cases you are only living on a few nutrients and depriving the body of some needed and essential ones.
So this is not a process that should go for too long to avoid ailments from deficiency.
Like I said before this is a journey you are meant to follow through on and you have to get it right from the start so you don’t go the wrong direction entirely, that would be a waste.
If the body is not getting some required nutrients for too long it could cause issues like brain fog, low sugar and decreased productivity.
The purpose of detox is not to stay hungry all through the period. Staying hungry for longer than an hour or so is not good for our brain.
What detox does is it helps prepare our body for a healthy eating lifestyle so I recommend just a few hours or a day (max 3 days) of detox.
Drink plenty of water;
Water is the holy grail of a detox system, this is because water has a way of helping the organs in the body function properly.
Since the body works to rid itself of toxins, water may be the major ingredient in keeping it active. So a detox system that has water as its main ingredient is what you want to go for.
This should be the first thing you need to consider in the detox plan. Water is all you really need to bring every benefit of a detox plan to your body.
Water helps your system to function properly. It is recommended to take at least two liters of water on a daily basis whether or not you are detoxing.
Don’t freak out, but I need to tell you this, if you are not getting enough water there is hardly any system in your body that will function maximally.
I know how difficult it could get trying to drink enough water, a lot of factors could really mess things up and at the end of the day, even when you intended it you may not drink enough.
You can check out some tips that have helped me and many others overcome that hurdle and keep up with the daily intake of water here.
When it comes to fluid detox a few hours of taking just the right liquid could do a lot of help.
These may be in the form of tea, flavored water or just plain water therapy.
There are times I did fluid detox for just a couple hours and found amazing results.
A word of caution here is to make sure you don’t allow anyone to saddle you with some expensive liquid mixture.
Most of what you will ever need for a detox is already right there in your kitchen, all you need is to just put it together. So you don’t have to waste your money on some promised prepared concussion.
I am sorry, I just had to say that, because I don’t want you to fall into that trap. I had to learn the hard way.
I only started seeing real results from little things I did right in my kitchen, not the ones I spent money to buy. I realized everything we ever need is already been given to us.
Our body is an expert at getting rid of toxins, the best we could do is reduce the intake of high-fat, sugary foods, and processed food and replace them with more healthy and whole food like fruits vegetables and tea.
Fruits and vegetables;
Eating fruits and veggies during detox is helpful because they provide a whole wealth of benefits for the body and because we hardly make them a major part of our daily diet.
But whatever you choose to do never underestimate the power of more water.
That is what our body needs more than anything to help the detoxification process.
Remember how you may feel really lightheaded and even end up with a headache only to later realize you didn’t drink much water that day.
Water alone or any fruit or herb-infused water cannot give overall help when it comes to detox.
The body also needs fiber so when doing this we need to remember to not go on all liquid. Remember to add fruits and vegetables high in fiber also.
Soluble and insoluble fibers will ensure your body is not releasing toxins and storing it without excreting which will be detrimental to you.
So get fiber from leafy greens like spinach to enhance movement and bulk up things in your intestines.
If you find it uninteresting to just consume these vegetables, you could incorporate them into smoothies.
This is a form of detox where you have to follow a pattern of fasting for a period of time say some hours of the day.
One thing I found to be true is the fact that over time doing a little intermittent fast can help.
Eating healthy is simple but can be really difficult to maintain. One of the main obstacles is the amount of work required to plan and cook healthy meals.
Intermittent fasting can make things easier as you don’t need to plan, cook or clean up after as many meals as you usually would have done.
There are fewer meals to prepare, cook and clean up after.
If you are underweight or previously had an eating disorder, you should not undergo this without consulting a qualified health professional. It could become harmful rather than helpful.
Eat whole food;
Replace processed food, sugar, pastries, candies, and canned foods with whole foods like fruits and vegetables, lean meat fish and lighter grains such as quinoa.
This will enable you to get the required calories and nutrients and also help the detox process.
This process can even bring long term benefit; you could altogether be able to deal with your sugar and processed food cravings for good.
Cut back on coffee;
Drinking too much coffee is not helping your organs, so it would help to cut it out for some days because excess caffeine could mess up your body’s natural flow.
You could also reap the benefit of craving less coffee after this mission.
Sweat it out;
Sweat is also one way our body releases toxins so you should consider doing some easy exercises as part of your detox plan.
I know the thought of exercise may freak you out, but it doesn’t have to be a marathon or some hours of cardio.
You could just do some brisk walking or anything that you feel comfortable with, it doesn’t have to be too vigorous, the main aim is to get some sweat out your body.
It’s not healthy to not incorporate a little exercise into our daily routine. Our body needs it to function properly.
Juice or smoothie cleanse;
This type of detox can help your system cleanse and still give you all the needed nutrients because you can add salad based meals and detox water and more.
A smoothie comes thick because you get the entire fruit or vegetable in it and so you’ll feel full as always and get enough fiber.
While you are on this it is recommended you make your own smoothies to avoid dumping excess sugar into your system.
A soup detox cleanse;
The benefits you derive from doing this detox are enormous because you get to enjoy all in one nutrient just by sipping this soup rich in vegetables, fiber, proteins, healthy fats, and energy-boosting grains.
Your body gets a healthy dose of nutrients all in one. You also get the chance to add beneficial spices and herbs of your choice.
Symptoms of detox cleanse
Fatigue and dizziness;
This could be due to a lack of sufficient glucose to produce energy for daily activities especially for persons that do a lot of physical activities.
Dehydration could also cause dizziness during a detox cleanse.
In the case of a juice cleanse, the body may be lacking sufficient fiber to enhance digestion (add fiber).
In the case of whole food cleanse like fruits and vegetables the body may be stressed up with too much fiber (reduce fiber).
Drink more water. Drink moderately though. In each case, if you don’t go overboard on detox by going for too long without a proper meal, it’s unlikely you’ll experience