Do Detox Diets Actually Work?
The power of cells
Most people want to enjoy better health, people are living longer and want to look younger and enjoy their life to the full despite their age. And for this they require energy!
Energy comes from our cells, these are little powerhouses in the body and there are over 75 trillion, working together to produce the living breathing you.
The recipe for healthy cells
3. The ability to detoxify
It makes sense that in order to increase our overall health, maintain our optimal weight and assist in reversing or preventing aging and disease we must maximize the functioning and efficiency of each of the cells in our body but giving it the right nutrients and one of the easiest and most efficient ways to positively impact your health is through the food choices you make.
Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins.
It is a primary function of the body, and some argue that because of this there is no need to detoxify.
However, we now live in a very toxic world, our bodies are being bombarded with toxins from processed and packaged foods, the water we drink, the skincare we use that is full of chemicals and toxins, our household cleaners and the air we breathe – most people are exposed to between 150 – 500 toxins before we leave the house everyday from toiletries and make-up.
So we really need to support, improve and optimize the function of our body’s own detoxification systems.
The food we eat can add to the toxic overload as processed and packaged foods have additives, chemicals and preservatives – junk food, trans fats, the wrong salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine all add to the daily toxic burden.
Not only do we need to reduce the amount of toxins that we put in and on our bodies, we need to support our body’s detoxification pathways at the same time and this is where a detox diet can be helpful.
Benefits of a detox diet:
– Feel Great
– Increase Your Energy
– Have More Mental Clarity
– Sleep Better
– Have Regular Bowel Movement
– Have More Flexibility
– Enjoy Clearer, Softer Skin
– Have Less Aches And Pains
Detox Diets can be dangerous and can be as faddy as all the other well known diets out there, while you do need give your digestion a rest, it is not necessary to do some weird and wonderful juice fast with weird and wonderful drinks and half starving yourself.
Celebrities do tend to promote all kinds of eating regimes and crazy nutritional ideas, many of which may work in the short term, but inevitably are not nutritionally balanced or support our overall health in the long term.
What we are looking at is removing and reducing the foods that the body treats as toxic and replacing these foods with wholesome REAL organic foods which are as nutritionally supportive as possible.
As mentioned we live in a chemical age, many of us are suffering from the effects of poor dietary and lifestyle choices
Eight signals your liver is telling you that you need to detox
Did you know that besides your heart, your liver is probably the hardest working organ in your body?
Eight signs your liver is telling you it needs help:
– abdominal bloating
– excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
– trouble digesting fatty foods
– acid reflux/heartburn
– dark circles under the eyes
– overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
– acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
– unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction
These are signs you need to take action and follow a detox as well as alter your diet and lifestyle.
Detoxing helps our bodies cope with the onslaught of toxins and stress which are an unavoidable part of modern day life.
How do you do a detox?
A detox program has to address both internal and external toxins.
Not only do we need to deal with the toxins we eat, drink, breathe and put on our bodies, it is just as important to address the internal toxicity created by the body as it performs its normal everyday functions.
A comprehensive detox program must supply the appropriate nutrients to do this – and should include nutrients specifically to support the two most important detoxification organ systems, the liver and the gastro-intestinal tract. It is essential to have a programe that is based on sage, effective, all natural herbs and nutrients and work with your body’s own detoxification and elimination pathways
1. Remove the number of toxins going in
2. Assist the body’s natural Capacity to Neutralize and Eliminate the Toxins
a) Support gastro-Intestinal function
b) Support liver function
There is a lot of research documenting the detox diet’s role in health, weight loss and disease. There is even a scientific term for chemicals and substances that are foreign to the body and come from the external environment – xenobiotics.
Health experts recommend that we should do a whole body cleanse at least 3 if not 4 times a year – at the change of the season, spring, summer, autumn, post Christmas and then an additional time in the year if you are going on holiday or for a special occasion just to refresh the system and improve vitality.
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