14 days have been passed since I stopped smoking. I am feeling very tired, moody and have lots of crazy cravings for sweets!
But I grant myself some slack. This is not a race but a change for life and hey, guess what! I am doing fine!
Before jumping heads in to my next chapter, we better examine what possibilities are out there to remove those nasty toxins. So what is a body detox?
First of all, let’s clarify this – your body is perfectly able to detoxify itself but sometimes needs support. A detox diet allows your organs to rest.
During your cleanse you will get rid of toxins in your body and you’ll be able to do a “food reset”. This is a great way to start developing new healthy eating habits.
Now we know what is a body detox but is it easy to follow such a diet? How does this benefit you? And how can we detox our body? Let’s look in to his further.
Is detoxing easy?
Certainly, it would be nicer to tell you that most of my detoxes were pleasant, but that would be a lie.
10 days was my longest detox and believe me, that was hell of a struggle! My goodness, it was torture for me and everyone who had to be around me.
I am no fan of long detoxes (yes, 10 days are long for me!) but still want to reap the benefits. What to do? Simple! Just shorten it.
For me a 3-day cleanse must do! Should you be one of those amazing beings who are able to go for a longer one – great! Do it!
Before you start a detox it is very important that you eliminate toxins which are obstacles to your healing process.
Remove: alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats.
I did not follow this advice in the past and paid with heavy headaches for it! So do yourself a favor and eliminate them before.
How you experience your detox depends on your mind set and how well you informed and prepared yourself before. Do lots of research and ease in smoothly before you jump in.
What are the benefits of a detox?
There are many known benefits of a detox and they are:
- Cleanses the liver
- Reduces Inflammation
- Helps in Weight loss
- Glowing Skin
- Better Thinking
- More Energy
The best effect that I gained during my cleanses was definitely the mental clarity. I also was more energized, had glowing skin and lost some kilos.
Now don’t get too excited about the weight loss part. Once you get back eating, those kilos will be very quickly back on!
Top 3 Cleanses
There are so many detoxes out there that you can follow but here are my top 3:
This is really the cleanse which gave me the best results. I did a 3-day cleanse and bought all Juices ready-made. All I had to do is drinking 6 bottles of fresh pressed Vegetable/Fruit Juices a day for a period over 3 days.
This will be as well my next cleanse before I start transitioning to a Vegan Diet.
Fruits and Vegetable Fast
In this diet you eat only fresh Vegetables and Fruits, avoiding all other food groups. You can eat them raw or in their cooked state. They are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and by just eating vegetables and fruits, you’ll improve your digestion too.
I’ve already talked about this in a previous post but will gladly repeat it again.
With intermittent fasting you can achieve great results. You are eating during an 8 hours window with no food restrictions.
Having said that, I do not mean that you should eat only crappy Junk Foods. But even if you do not change your diet and only adjust your timing you will still be able to reduce your weight.
Now imagine this with a combination of healthy foods and exercise!
Are there other ways to detox?
If you find it too hard to stick to a cleanse, there are other less drastic ways to get similar results.
You can help your body detoxify in simple ways. Find some suggestions below:
- Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and hydrate your body.
- Exercise to sweat out toxins.
- Eat or drink more raw Vegetables.
- Get good sleep.
- Remove or at least reduce: alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats.
- Eat a clean and healthy diet.
- Try to eat as much organic as you can.
- Add more green leafy Vegetables to your diet.
- Drink detoxifying herbal teas.
- Add probiotics either from fortified foods or consider a supplement to keep your gut healthy.
Getting back to basics
What is a body detox has been covered and we can conclude that it is not for everyone. If you are pregnant, very weak or have a medical condition, a cleanse could harm you. It is always best to check first with your nutritionist or your doctor.
Do what feels good while knowing that you might change your routine for a short while. Make sure that you drink lots of fluids especially if you are working out during a detox.
Don’t underestimate a detox diet. They are very rigid and you need to put in a high effort to get yourself through it.
You might feel weak or hungry in the beginning and that is exactly why it is so important to do a proper research before you start. You will know what to expect and can handle all of it much better.
Having a detox might be scary, but cleansing your body inside out is really about getting back to basics: Nurturing your body with healthy nutrients and allowing your organs to rest.
Performing a detox is a great way to jump-start a new dedication to a healthier living!