These days, the word detoxification can be heard ubiquitously and is often used casually as well. However, to understand its real essence, what it means and how can its potential be harnessed can make a world of difference.
So, what does detoxification mean? Essentially, detoxification is medicinal and refers to the natural removal of toxins from the body. On a day-to-day basis the liver, kidneys, intestines lymphatic systems are doing this work continuously for us. Then why is there the need to have an additional detoxification programme for the body?
We are exposed to so many chemicals – be it in our food supply, the air we breathe, daily we use cosmetics, and other chemical agents in cleaning. Some of these are very harmful and can cause potential damage. To make the liver and kidney more efficient we can adopt some healthy practices, which subsequently help to flush the toxins out.
SO HOW DOES DETOXIFICATION WORK?
There are various detox diets ranging from total starvation fasts to juice fasts, to food modification approaches and those that often involve use of laxatives, diuretics, vitamins, minerals and/or ‘cleansing foods”. These all subject the body to undue stress and work only for the time being.
Detox diets may severely limit energy and nutrient intake, posing various risks to your health. Some groups of people should never do detox diets.
There is no medical research which can support this approach, though.Then what should be done?
Detoxification should be a lifestyle change where focus is more on eating clean food. It results in cleansing of the body, nourishing and recharging it. One should first focus on reducing the toxin load to the body then eating such foods, which can provide healthy nutrients that will help in refueling the body.
The focus should be to detox all aspects of life.
These toxins are usually the reason for stalled weight loss inspite of exercise and right diet. So, adopting the right program can boost one’s health and help in weight loss. It will also make one feel happier and healthier from within.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED TO DETOXIFY?
Detoxification is needed if you are suffering from the following:
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Poor gastro-intestinal elimination
- Blemishes and irritated skin
- Sign of poor immunity like repeated infections
- Puffy eyes
- Acidity and bloating
- Continuous disturbed attention
- Irritated mind
- Frequent mood upsets
- Emotionally unstable, depressed, unmotivated and lacking energy and enthusiasm for life
All these are indications of correcting the fuel of our body. Giving a clean healthy diet to your body is a process of self-cleansing and self-healing. What we give to the body is what we reflect in our physical and mental health.
In the coming week we shall see, how to start a Detox Programme and ways to cleanse your body.
Until then, stay tuned!
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