A detoxing process is done for several reasons. Some individuals choose a specific type of detox to lose weight. Others choose to detox to clean their system of toxins and to feel better. An individual may also detox reboot their metabolism.
Some signs your body may need a detox are:
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Headaches and migraines
- Abdominal discomfort and gas
- Acne or other skin problems
- Autoimmune difficulties
Below are some ways you can look to detox your body:
One ingredient that many people decide to detox from is sugar. Detoxing from sugar is tricky because the ingredient is hidden in so many foods. Not only do you need to be aware of the sugar content in foods, but you also need to look out for foods that turn to sugar in your diet.
A sugar detox is important because sugar consumption increases free radicals (a leading cause of illness and diseases) in our bodies, adds weight, messes up your blood glucose levels, and in general causes you to feel bad after the initial high.
Try a sugar detox for two weeks and see how much better you’ll feel and how much weight you’ll lose.
If you are a cigarette smoker, you more than likely have an above average or ideal level of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead in your system. Some heavy metals are necessary for our health but high levels (or even low levels of ones we don’t actually need such as cadmium) can be toxic.
Give your body a break from smoking for two weeks and you’ll notice a huge difference in the way you feel. Now, you don’t have to stop cold turkey, but instead, you can simply cut your consumption over time.
You can also augment your heavy metal detox by using certain essential oils in your detox efforts. For example, cilantro essential oil is used for many things but one of its lesser known applications is iron chelation. Add a few drops to your water twice per day for the duration of your detox.
Cigarette smoking also increases free radicals in our system.
You may drink a bit and consume coffee on a regular basis. Have you thought about what drinking these two beverages can do to your system? Here are some negative effects caffeine can have on your body:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle problems
- Low birth weight in newborns
- Shorter lifespan
While drinking alcohol can be fun and relaxing, it can also have negative health consequences, some of which are due to the increase in free radicals.
Some of the negative effects of drinking alcohol include:
- Brain damage, mental health problems
- Liver damage
- Contributing to some types of oral and throat cancer
- Hypertension, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke or kidney failure
- A higher incidence of dementia
- Weakening heart muscles and heart failure
- Pancreas illnesses
- Fertility difficulties in both men and women
- Bone weakness
- Weight gain
Even if you only drink occasionally, your body can be adversely affected by drinking. Give your body a break from alcohol and do a detox.
Detox with a Friend
You may need the encouragement of a friend to help you get through a period of detoxing. It is always an excellent idea to have someone to talk to when you’re going through a change. Choose a friend or two, get together and discuss your struggles, and cheer each other on to success. Use the buddy system to your advantage.
If you’re competitive, like I am, set a hefty wager for the first person who breaks.
Eat More Protein
Protein helps balance the sugar levels in your body and reduces cravings you may have for sugar. Such products as shakes (without ice cream), nuts, eggs, fish, beef and other types of meat products will increase your protein levels and keep your sugar cravings in check. Of course, avoid fried meats when increasing your protein intake.
Eat More Smart Fat
Eating the right fats will keep your blood sugar from becoming low. If you have low blood sugar, you may crave sugar. Combine smart proteins and fats to fight your cravings for foods that create more blood sugar in your system. Don’t just eat any fat during your detox, though. Some examples of a good fat are:
- Olive oil.
- Oil from seeds and nuts.
- Coconut oil or butter.
- Omega-3 oils from fish.
- The healthy oils from avocados.
Increase Antioxidant Intake
Antioxidants are the ultimate weapon for combating free radical damage and because of this, they are one of the most important additions to any detox routine. Our bodies produce some antioxidants naturally, but the toxicity of most modern diets, living conditions and lifestyle practices requires that we consciously supplement what we already produce with high antioxidant foods such as those rich in vitamins A and C.
Many essential oils also have high antioxidant counts. One of them is wild orange oil which also has a host of other benefits and uses.
In conclusion, if you’ve been feeling sluggish lately, try a detox session. You will gain energy, lose weight, and feel better when you are done.