Kickstart healthier habits with a simple detox

Kickstart healthier habits with a simple detox

Detoxing is a way of eliminating toxic build up in your body and has been practiced in naturopathy as well as traditional medicine for centuries. With increasing exposure to toxins in what we eat, what we drink, the air we breathe and our environment, it’s no wonder it all accumulates in our body and we lose the ability to operate at our fullest capacity.

In the lead up to the silly season, do yourself a favour and try a simple detox. A detox can be undertaken for two weeks, and up to six weeks. It is recommended that you do this under the supervision of a health practitioner. This time allows your body to excrete the toxin build up and repair itself so that you can get back to feeling energetic and more content. There are so many benefits to detoxing, here are the top eight reasons to give it a go.

  1. Boost your energy
    By cutting out sugar, caffeine, fats and replacing these with fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll be giving your body a natural energy boost that isn’t followed by a sugar or caffeine crash.
  2. Excess waste is eliminated
    When you detox, your body rids itself of any excess waste that it’s been storing. The process stimulates your body to purge itself – it assists the liver, kidneys and colon to cleanse themselves.
  3. Assists with weight loss
    While eating natural fresh fruit and vegetables will help you lose weight in the short term due to the calorie reduction, it’s also a great practice to introduce better long term eating habits.
  4. Stronger immune system
    When your internal organs are functioning efficiently your immune system will be boosted. Your organs are able to focus on absorbing nutrients rather than working harder to eliminate toxins and waste.
  5. Reduce inflammation
    When our gut is irritated it triggers our body into releasing hormones that store away calories, cause inflammation and bloating. By only consuming easily digestible, natural foods and drinks, it gives our gut a rest and reduces the hormones produced that cause bloating and inflammation.
  6. Clearer mind
    Release the sense of lethargy which heavily impacts our quality of thinking. When you detox your body, your mind also achieves a renewed sense of clearer thinking, eliminating that sense of fogginess and headaches.
  7. Improves your skin
    Overall your skin will be clearer and smoother after your detox. Don’t be disheartened if you experience itchy or patchy skin as toxins are released during the detox. You can also help the skin even further by taking a sauna to help your body sweat out any additional toxins.
  8. Improved well-being
    With all the changes that detoxing brings to you personally, you will also feel the flow on effect in all areas of your life and feel a sense of improved well-being. This in turn effects other aspects of your life such as relationships, productivity and your zest for life.

A simple detox plan is easy to follow. Just set your mind to it and try it for a minimum of 3 days to begin to experience the benefits. Here’s a simple guide on what to include and what to eliminate…

What to include during a detox:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Small amounts of protein, organic if possible
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes
  • Lots of fluids to flush your system (pure water, herbal teas, fresh juices, unflavoured sparkling mineral water)

What to eliminate during a detox:

  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Trans fats
  • Saturated fat
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

In our world, it’s impossible to live without toxic build up, so take the opportunity to revive your body and mind with a detox each season. Detoxing is a great way to kick start healthier habits, so give yourself an early Christmas present this year. You won’t look back!

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