Why do I need to detox? Every day, our bodies take in a wide range of toxins and pollutants. It is an unfortunate by product of our modern lifestyle. There are many different chemicals in our food, pollution in the air, bacteria and metals in our water and so on (for instance alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, herbicides, air pollution, heavy metals, food additives, oral contraceptives, and drugs).
Toxins can wreak havoc on our health in the form of carcinogens and free radicals which can cause fatigue, serious illness, and premature aging. The outcome of a successful and well-planned detox can help you recover from illness, increase your energy, boost your immune system, help you lose weight, clear your skin and much more…
Do I have to fast or starve myself?
No. A common misconception is that a 7 day detox or cleansing the body involves restricting your food and basically starving yourself for days on end.
Okay, so what do I eat while I detox?
To give your body the tools it needs to detoxify, cleanse and regenerate, a detox must give the body even more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than normal. You want to eat foods rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants that enable your body to flush the toxins and pollutants that have accumulated over your lifetime.
Can I lose weight effectively while I detox?
Yes. A proper detox program will require that you eat the most nutritious foods possible. By eating these foods, you will detox safely and also lose weight. The best part is that you will see many other benefits besides weight loss. You will also lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, boost your immune system, have much more energy etc.
I’ve heard some people have bad reactions to a detox… What happens?
When detoxing, some people experience what is known as a ‘detox flu’ or ‘detox crisis’. As your body systematically cleanses itself of toxins and pollution, some people experience headaches, nausea, cold-like symptoms (blocked nose, shivers etc), spots and pimples. These symptoms are mild and usually last for a short while. The best medicine is to drink lots of fluids to help speed up the toxin flushing process. If symptoms persist, however, you should go see your doctor.
Can I Continue My Exercise Routine?
Light exercise improves circulation which helps carry toxins out of the body. Some forms of exercise are beneficial to cleansing and detoxing, such as gentle jogging, walking or rebounding – however you should try not to place undue stress on the body during this time.