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What is a body detox? Is this good for me?

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?

What is a body detox?

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:

Juice Cleanse

Juice Cleanse

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

Vegetables and Fruit 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.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

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:

  1. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and hydrate your body.
  2. Exercise to sweat out toxins.
  3. Eat or drink more raw Vegetables.
  4. Get good sleep.
  5. Remove or at least reduce: alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats.
  6. Eat a clean and healthy diet.
  7. Try to eat as much organic as you can.
  8. Add more green leafy Vegetables to your diet.
  9. Drink detoxifying herbal teas.
  10. Add probiotics either from fortified foods or consider a supplement to keep your gut healthy.

Getting back to basics

healthy eating

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!

Nathalie

24 Comments

  1. I have been thinking about doing a detox at this retreat in bali and I am really looking forward to it! I eat a plant-based diet and have for the past three years and feel great! But I want to give my body a rest like you said and get rid of all those toxins we accumulate over the years
    Thank you for such an informative blog, you have made me more excited and encouraged me to go ahead with it!

    • Hi Danielle, thanks so much for sharing. That is a great idea and I would definately look forward too 🙂 You already reached a milestone and what I am aiming for! You’re most welcome and thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  2. Hi, congratulation. This is an excellent post. It helps people to go through the process of detox in a friendly manner. I needed this information; I will give it a try. Thanks

  3. Thank you so much for this information! It’s exactly what I was looking for! I like the different way to detox! The thing that always first comes to my head is stop eating the deliciousness! And clearly that’s not the case! Thanks, trying the first baby step today!

  4. Hi, I have always been scared or concerned about detoxing and if I could handle it. I always thought it was a long commitment like 10 plus days, not 3. That is good to know. Recently, I have committed to an Atkins diet and have suffered with the side effects of low energy especially during my work out. I guess the carbs really fueled my vigor, but I will definitely begin to hydrate more often as i still consume some badies. Thanks for the help.Soon, I will try a detox for it’s benefits and circle back to your guidelines Also, very curious about Intermittent Fasting and the boost in weight loss.

    • Hey Jim, thanks for sharing. Well, it is not always easy but you need to find the one that suits you best. Hydrating alone will already make a big difference. Intermittent Fasting is amazing for weight loss. Happy to help 🙂

  5. Hi Natalie,

    I hear so much about detoxing and detoxing the body but what is a body detox anyways? No one really seems to define it well enough for newbies in this area to apply simply for themselves. Its nearly always something garbled – “NOW BUY” and then more garble Thank you Natalie for laying this out correctly for people like myself that likes things explained in English and with your professional digestibility layout as well. I will be back for more and do keep this good work up as well as I find this site a great resource in my own research.

    Thanks Natalie 🙂 .

  6. I have tried intermittent fasting. I didn’t know that it was considered a detox. I have also tried juicing but never exclusively. Whenever I juice I usually eat other things as well. I wonder how different the benefits are from exclusive juicing compared with juicing as well as eating other things.

    • Hi Mariah, that is great! When you do intermittent fasting you abstain from food for at least 16 hours straight and you give your organs a break. It really depends what you are eating whilst you are drinking Juices. Why don’t you try it out and see what works best for you?

  7. Hey Natalie,
    Great tips in detoxing. Definitely think that’s the way to go to be leaner and healthier.
    I went vegan for a few months in the fall last year (for health and the experience). It’s tough because so many animal by-products are hidden in commercial food. So really to do it you need to stick to raw foods and nothing processed, which I guess is part of the point.

    I had too work my way up the vegan phase by starting Pescatarian then to vegetarian on so on.

    What do you think of Kombucha?

    • Hi Tim, thanks so much for your feedback! I get you. It is not easy and that is way I am taking the same approach as you do. I’ve never tried it to be honest. But now I am curious and will definately do! Thanks for sharing:)

  8. Hi Nathalie,

    I have one friend who does a cleanse every month or so, but she only does them for a day or 2. She only drinks things that are clear. I’ve never really understood why so thanks for your post. I have been trying to eat healthier the last few months as a way to loose weight and have lost quite a bit, but now I’ll have to try the body cleanse.

  9. Hi Nathalie,

    I have been thinking of trying the detox diet for a while now. Your article is great and very encouraging as it is not the easiest thing to change our eating habits. The best way to get motivated is to understand the reasons and the results 🙂

  10. So I’m all about doing the fruit and veggie juice detox! However, because juice is so high in sugar and you said you were able to drink ready-made juices, could you tell me which ones? Is there a certain brand that you used? I have a juicer and assumed I would have to juice my own fruits and veggies, which would be fine, I’m just curious what ready-made juices you used as this would require way less clean up lol Thanks for sharing!

    • Hello Courtney, awesome! I personally used from a local cold press juicery called pressh. However, does are only available on our little island. Juice Cleanse by Raw Fountain Juice has pretty good reviews and might be worth a try! Yes, exactly my thought! I prefer to have them ready made, less work and more commitment to stick to it 😉

  11. Hi Nathalie, I found your post very informative, but I curious about the juice cleanse. Is there a specific type or brand of juice you recommend?

  12. Hi Nathalie,
    Enjoyed your article. Though I am not a vegan, your content was informative. I have personally done the intermittent fasting. I use the 8/16 rule. I eat healthy for 8 hours and just have fluids for the next 16, mostly water and herbal teas.
    You have some great info on detoxing the body.

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