Mother Nature provides each of us with natural detoxification systems to help our bodies eliminate the toxins we encounter everyday. In our article, "The Human Body's Natural Cleansing Processes," you can learn about the amazing ways our body cleanses itself to remain strong and healthy.
Everyday we expose our bodies to an extreme amount of toxins from processed foods, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, household chemicals, air pollution… and the list goes on. Over time, these toxins and chemicals build up in your blood, organs and tissues.
Even with several detoxification systems in place to eliminate these toxins, the toxins could be building up faster than our body can handle. This is when a detox can help boost our natural cleansing and detox.
Detoxification can help strengthen your immune systems, which will in turn help you fight off disease and infections. Detoxing is all about cleaning your body to ensure proper function. In general, detox diets and programs should be used as a way to help get yourself back on track toward a healthier lifestyle.
Don't think a detox diet is the only thing you need to do to remain healthy. There is not much of an advantage to eating all the right foods if you are sleep deprived, stressed and over worried. You'll want to eat a healthy diet as part of a truly healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, proper rest and relaxation, a healthy diet and include plenty of fun and laughter.
Here are some ways you can help jump start your body's natural detoxification routine:
Drink a glass of water every two hours during the day.
Water is an important detoxifying agent in the human body. It helps clean us throughout skin and kidneys, and it improves our sweating with exercise. Remember that you must make a consistent, conscientious effort to drink more water to properly detox. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water every two hours during the work day. So because water naturally flushes toxins from your systems, you'll want to stay hydrated when detoxing.
Pricey supplements aren't necessary.
Detoxing and cleansing your body of toxins is a natural function of the human body. You don't need expensive vitamin supplements to get it working.
Try eating only fruit until noon.
If you haven't been eating fruit and vegetables on a regular basis and you start as part of a detoxification diet, your body will detoxify itself naturally. Fruit can be a natural aid in helping your body detoxify.
One way of doing this is to eat nothing but fruit until Noon. Until Noon your body is still busy detoxifying from the night before. Drinking a glass of fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice in the morning is a great start as acidic fruits cause the strongest detoxification effect.
Natural Detox Recipe: Try squeezing 3 oranges, 2 mandarins and 1/2 red grapefruit for a tasty and detox rich drink for a healthy breakfast.
Winter isn't the best time to detox.
The human body tends to work on rebuilding itself during the winter, so the best time for cleansing is in the spring, summer and fall. This is also the best time for enjoying more fresh produce to enhance the body's natural detoxification.
Remove processed foods from your diet.
Experiment with your diet by removing toxin and chemical rich processed foods that we are so used to eating. If you are trying to cleanse or attempting a detox diet, you'll probably also want to remove dairy and animal products for a few days.
Even though the proteins and fats found in animal products contain essential nutrients for your body, they can create more work for your digestive tract. This is why it can be a good idea to avoid them while you are trying to cleanse.
Eating only fruits and vegetables at this time, raw or cooked, can be a quick way to jump start your cleansing. When you eat organically produced foods you are avoiding the pesticide residues from building up in your body. Only natural food can help promote a healthy and happy physiological functioning body.
Abstain from sugar and have more energy.
Not only will avoiding sugar while cleansing help you break that sugar addiction, but it's a surefire way to jump start any weight loss program. Try it for only a few days or a few months and you'll notice a difference. You'll feel less sluggish and have more energy throughout the day as sugar is full of empty calories.
Watch out for hidden sugar in everyday items like ketchup, soups, lunchmeat and even salad dressings. Try eating fruit instead when craving something sweet.
Promote regularity with additional fiber.
Adding fiber to your diet will help your body detox naturally by promoting regularity.
Help Your Body Systems Work Together to Detox Naturally
When you begin a detox routine, you'll want to get plenty of rest to keep your body focused on the cleansing process. And as you are purifying your body and possibly burning off fat, be prepared that you might not feel well during your detox. This is because the toxins that were stored in the fat tissues are making their way out of your body. You'll feel much better afterwards.
Whether your cleanse lasts a few days or a couple of weeks, you'll want to ease back into your normal diet and routine. This would be a great opportunity to make healthier choices to optimize your bodily functions and keep yourself cleansing toxins on a regular basis.