Do Detox Diets Work?

People who are on a mission to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle often have questions about detox diets. I’m sure you’ve seen all the detox cleanses and teas that are being advertised on Instagram. But do they work? Although they are being promoted for weight loss, detox aids in so much more such as, eliminate toxins, improve energy,  and clear up your complexion.

The concept is that your body collects toxins through your life that can cause cancer and other diseases. A regular cleanse of these deadly toxins could reduce the risk of illness and improve your overall health.

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence supporting this. People like money and if there is very little profit, there is no study. It’s impossible to put a patent on an exercise and organic foods, so there is no incentive for pharmaceutical companies to conduct research and clinical trials.

However, I wanted to talk about what toxins are, the pros and cons of detoxification and ways you can get rid of these toxins. Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer, nor do I claim to be. I am a simple gal who has an interest in wellness. I hope you learn as much as I did and share this on Facebook and Twitter.Also, I’d love to know if you have tried a detox tea or diet and if it worked! What do you recommend? Also, don’t forget to subscribe because it’s free and enjoy!

What Are Toxins?

Toxins can be defined as a nonnutrient (nonvitamin, nonfat, noncarb, nonprotein), that interacts with the body and effects it’s natural process. Our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins every day. These toxins come in the form of pollution, stress, poor nutrition, smoking and other carcinogens. Sometimes they can have an immediate effect and sometimes it takes time, depending on the level of toxicity. Mainstream medicine would be an example of a toxin. It’s mind blowing to think that doctors are fighting toxins with toxins, instead of trying to get rid of them.

Your Own Detox System

The truth is, your body has the ability to detoxify itself through the digestive, lymphatic and circulatory systems. In fact, our bodies are designed to get rid of toxins even better than detox products claim. There are times when our bodies become ill or overloaded with stress and other toxins that we can’t handle ourselves because of our weak immune system. If you have an excess amount of toxins in your body you may feel fatigue, irritable, constipated and even suffer from acne breakouts. Everyone falls ill of a sinus infection or allergies that make it hard for the body to fight back. Fortunately, there are ways you can encourage your body to detoxify itself.

Ways To Naturally Detox The Body

Clean Diet-

Most processed foods contain additives that do not provide you with the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. One way to avoid this is by only shopping for organic foods and check the nutrition labels for hidden chemicals. An excess intake of sugar can eventually cause major health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and gum disease (to name a few). Cut out unnecessary sugars your body doesn’t need and replace them with organic fruits and vegetables.

Meditation-

Stress can have just as much of an impact on the body as toxins. When your mind is under stress, it can have a negative effect on your health. A few minutes of meditation a day can help clear your mind and bring a balance to the chemicals inside your body.

Exercise

When you sweat, your body is secreting toxins through your pores. Workout a few times a week and you should actually notice an increase level of energy. Studies have shown that certain types of yoga are detoxifying to the body. The regular practice of any type of yoga can reduce stress, which can also rid your body of toxins. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Water Cleanse-

Drink nothing but water. This means cut out coffee and sodas

Things You Should  Do Before Detox:

Make sure you are healthy before trying any cleanse or detox plan. Here is a list of some things you should consider beforehand. Your body needs to be healthy, so it can handle the detox process. You’ll need all your organs functioning properly first, this also means that your digestive system and bows need to be open.

Drink  lots of water

Exercise regularly

Eliminate certain foods- coffee, fast foods, sweets, processed foods, red meats, and dairy.

Quit smoking and drinking

Eat more veggies, brown rice

Eat more fiber- fruits, broccoli, beans

Dry brush your skin

Place a dehumidifier in your home

Sources:

http://www.livescience.com/34845-detox-cleansing-facts-fallacies.html

https://www.verywell.com/common-questions-about-detox-diets-88248

http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2012/12/26/pre-cleansing-what-to-do-before-you-detox/

 

 

 

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