Detox diets gained their popularity in the 80-90s of the last century and since then have not lost their position. Their main task is to purify the blood, stomach from harmful toxins and give a person a burst of energy and strength. There are no clear goals and rules for the detox diet. Each expert and nutritionist has their own opinion about which harmful compounds should be eliminated. However, it doesn’t matter which camp you belong to. Detox is a great opportunity to give the body lightness and freshness.
There are no clear goals and rules for the detox diet. Each expert and nutritionist has their own opinion about which harmful compounds should be eliminated. However, it doesn’t matter which camp you belong to. Detox is a great opportunity to give the body lightness and freshness.
What does detox mean?
Pollutants, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful compounds enter the human body from the outside world. Detox therapy is most often recommended because of potential exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment, unhealthy lifestyles, or poor nutrition.
Detox menus are usually short-term dietary interventions aimed at removing toxins from your body. This “therapy” is suitable for both a healthy person and people with certain diseases.
A typical detox diet involves a period of fasting, followed by strict short-term control of the diet of fruits, vegetables, fruit juices and water. Sometimes detox also includes herbs, teas, dietary supplements, extra colon cleansing, or enemas.
It is claimed that such diets help with various health problems, including obesity, digestive problems, the presence of autoimmune diseases, inflammation, allergies, bloating and chronic fatigue.
After a proper detox cycle, human cells are renewed, the liver begins to work with renewed vigor, blood circulation improves, and toxins are eliminated naturally. The period after detox is the perfect time to take vitamins and useful minerals.
Signs that your body needs cleansing
Toxins are harmful substances derived from food, water, cleaning products, and other environmental sources that we regularly encounter. The accumulation of toxins can lead to poisoning of the human body, to potential damage to vital organs and systems.
Given that these toxins enter our bodies through ingestion (preservatives, additives, and food contamination), respiration (pollutants in the air we breathe), and absorption (through the skin and eyes), the risk of toxic overload is a common concern for everyone.
In addition, there is an internal auto-intoxication, which is little talked about. This is a process in which toxins are produced by your own body as a result of poor digestion and untimely elimination of harmful substances.
A person of the modern world does not know how to communicate with his body well. It, like no other, can tell us what the body needs. Our task is to learn to hear our body, to recognize its requests for help.
A toxic organism may exhibit various symptoms:
- Skin problems. Often, various rashes and acne appear on the skin of the face and back after drinking alcohol,fast food and smoking.
- Intolerance to food and odors. The body itself rejects any foreign odors, even if it is your favorite dish.
- Constipation, diarrhea and other digestive problems, because the intestines are no longer able to properly digest the food that comes again and again.
- Frequent colds and viruses, reduced resistance to infections due to a weak immune system.
- Unexplained headaches due to oxygen starvation.
- Lower back pain due to lactic acid buildup.
- Fatigue and low energy, when the blood does not have time to provide all the cells and organs with the necessary substances.
- The inability to feel rested after sleep, when the nervous system is in constant tension and work.
- The inability to lose weight, because the body has little control over its own metabolism.
The liver, kidneys, intestines, skin, and lungs are the organs through which our body neutralizes and removes toxins. With an excessive amount of them, the cells do not cope with the task of removing them, harmful substances begin to accumulate in adipose tissues and bones.
Detoxification helps to reduce weight, improve health, protect our fragile body from arthritis, eczema, digestive disorders and depression.
What else do you need to know?
Detox is a serious process that requires a comprehensive study of the characteristics of your body. In order for the process to be safe, follow a few important rules, because in most cases, simple changes in diet or lifestyle can improve your overall health.
Here are some ideas on how to start detoxing the body:
Stop smoking or drinking
Tobacco smoke and alcohol have different effects on the body. In particular, alcohol affects the liver, which is the body’s main detoxifying organ.
If a person regularly smokes or drinks, he can start a detox by giving up these habits and completely stopping such a pastime.
Drinking enough water is important for overall health, as well as for detoxification. The amount of water a person needs depends, among other things, on the level of physical activity and the age of the person.
Start following a nutrient-rich diet
Proper nutrition allows the body’s detoxification system to work effectively. People should avoid refined carbohydrates, added sugar, and processed foods.
Instead, try to include more foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries and nuts, and dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and chard. For energy, complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes or quinoa, for the immune system, fresh herbs and spices, such as ginger, turmeric or cilantro.
Fatty fish is another source of healthy nutrients. However, it is important to note that some oily fish, such as tuna, may contain mercury. The FDA recommends eating 2-3 servings of fish or seafood per week when considering low-mercury controls.
Healthy full sleep
Sleep allows the brain to remove toxic waste products that accumulate during the day. This makes full sleep an essential part of detoxification.
Improving indoor air quality
Although people may not always be able to control the effects of outdoor pollution, there are things that people can do to reduce indoor exposure, such as:
- Ask family members to smoke on the street, or better yet, go through the detox process together.
- Avoid products containing large amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as aerosols and air fresheners.
- It is good to ventilate rooms when someone uses solvents, household paints and other household goods.
- Choose carpets, sofas and mattresses that will not emit volatile organic compounds.
- Getting rid of problems such as dampness and mold
- Regular cleaning of accumulated dust.
- Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
You can check the air quality in your area of residence using various apps on your phone.
If you think it’s time to detox, we invite you to join our Body Cleansing Marathon! In 24 days at our marathon, you will cleanse your body of toxins and toxins, as well as relieve your lymphatic system. For more information about the marathon, detox programs, and your results, see here.
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You can take a closer look at the project and find out how the detox marathon for cleansing the body takes place from its participant Elena Dirks.