Do’s and Don’ts of Detoxing
Feeling lethargic, bloated and in need of a body cleanse? Whether you have overindulged at the Christmas buffet, had a few too many drinks at the work party or have just gone too long without really looking after yourself, it might be time for you to enjoy a period of detoxing your body. Even for a person who is relatively health-conscious, your body is exposed to many harmful substances, known as toxins, every day. These can impact upon your health in direct or indirect ways. Sources of toxins include food preservatives, additives and sweeteners, make-up, hair dyes, perfumes, cleaning products, alcohol, cigarette smoke, heavy metals and pollution. To detox means to rid the body of such unhealthy substances.
Of the various approaches to detoxing the body, it is safest and most effective to use natural processes. Simple changes to diet or lifestyle can go a long way in cleansing the body. Certain foods should be consumed or avoided to achieve the desired results. For instance, it is best to reduce intake of highly processed meats and snacks, deep-fried foods and sugary drinks. Foods to include in your diet include raw foods like fresh fruit and vegetables (particularly green leafy varieties), seeds and nuts, lemon, ginger, garlic, beetroot, turmeric, omega 3 oils, green tea and apple cider vinegar. Eating well is of greater benefit to your body than starving yourself or going without entire food groups. A clean, balanced diet will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to function at its best. When it comes to food, it is also preferable to purchase organic products where possible, as these contain fewer harmful chemicals from fertilisers and insecticides.
Hydration is possibly the most important aspect of detoxing. Toxins such as alcohol dehydrate the body so keeping your fluids up is important. It is a good habit to drink a large glass of water every night before bed and first thing in the morning as well as throughout the day. While asleep, your body goes a long period without any fluids so this routine will help too prevent dehydration. Water is particularly beneficial to the functioning of cells in the body in promoting good metabolism. While water-soluble toxins are easily flushed from the body through the kidneys and blood, unfortunately some toxins are fat-soluble, meaning they are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and cannot be flushed out until they become water-soluble over time.
Looking after your skin is another crucial element of detoxing. Being such a large organ of the body, the skin is responsible for both absorbing and eliminating toxins through the pores. Using the best skin care products, like organic soaps, can help to enhance the detox process.
Finally, other lifestyle habits can be valuable in ridding the body of harmful substances. Levels of cortisol and stress can be reduced, and circulation improved, by catching up on sleep, participating in regular exercise or stretching, and maintaining a healthy mind through practices like meditation. After a period of detox, you should also notice changes in how you look and feel such as weight loss, better digestion, more energy, improved skin and brighter eyes.
For more information on way to achieve your optimal level of health, talk to our staff at Chemistworks.