Unless you have been living on another planet for the past few years, you know about the concept of the detox or the cleanse. This is a process that is considered a key part of almost any wellness routine because it aims, as one detox expert said, "to eliminate all the negative effects on the body from the environment: industrial chemicals, pesticides, additives in our food, secondary smoke, pollutants, and heavy metals included."
That is, as they say, a very tall order, and yet it can be done best when it targets the bodily organs and systems that have to handle those environmental toxins most. The colon, liver and kidneys are often the target of a detox diet or regimen. However, the benefits go beyond cleansing and recharging key bodily organs and systems.
Obviously removing toxic chemicals is going to improve the bodily functions, but many secondary issues are often addressed by a detox. For example, people complaining of chronic pain, headache, allergies and other issues find that such complaints are eased by a detox. The purification of the blood seems to also stimulate the immune system and hormonal and glandular systems, too. This can help you cut your reliance on caffeine, alcohol, sugar and nicotine, too.
How It Works Best
Unfortunately, to enjoy the prime benefits of any detox means doing more than the 24-hour cleanse that is so popular around the globe. While a 24-hour juice fast is one of the most commonly used forms of detox, it is a long-term detox that is more likely to provide you with the best outcomes. This is because it is going to help you create healthier habits rather than short-term changes for short-term results.
As a simple example, cutting out carbs is not a long-term approach to optimal health. Instead, learning to reduce certain types of carbohydrates (such as sugars) and offsetting your cravings with healthier food choices is a much better way to detox.
How to Do It?
Let's stick with the idea of cutting sugar from your diet. A good cleanse would begin with you sitting down and listing all the foods you consume that have a lot of sugar. Then, find a list of healthful substitutes. Then, begin by eliminating all those bad sugar foods for their new, "clean" substitutes.
Again, as one expert advised, "it's not necessary to go on a special diet to 'clean' your digestive track; that is the role of our organs…the body is already designed to fight and eliminate toxins it encounters…the liver, skin, urinary system, and gastrointestinal tract constantly helping to cleanse our bodies naturally."
The best way to clean the body is to consume the foods that help it battle disease and purge itself of toxins. Diets rich in vegetables, fruits, quality protein, fibre rich carbs, good fats, probiotics, and nutrients are ideal.
Does this mean to avoid a basic juice detox? No. As one author writes, "a basic juice cleanse can aid digestion, but should not be the only thing you're consuming". Rather, it is setting smaller goals that is the best way to detox. What are your detox goals? It is quite likely you can achieve them without starving yourself, cutting out food groups or depriving your body of all it needs. Remember too that Epsom salt baths and exfoliating scrubs are also great ways to detox and feel great!