With Spring imminent, many people are breaking out of their winter hibernation, ready to get out and have fun. When Spring arrives, many find new inspiration and energy to work toward their health goals. This makes it the ideal time to supercharge the season and invest in a detox. There are a number of options to consider if you decide to detox and you have to find the one that is right for your needs and goals.
Types of Detoxes
There are countless types of detox programs to follow. Most will need to be followed for a period of seven to 10 days to work properly. Some of the most common detox programs include:
The Master Cleanse - This is a 10 day program that requires a person to drink six to 12 glasses of the detox drink (cayenne pepper, water, lemon juice and syrup) and take laxatives each day.
Juju Cleanse - Considered a short-blast program, it can be done for one or three days and requires drinking certain juices, which are typically sold premixed.
Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Cleanse - This focuses on cleaning the liver, colon and kidneys by eating healthy meals and drinking specialty juices.
The fact is, there are countless detox programs that can be followed. Most of them will work to eliminate a certain bad element in most people’s diets. For example, the categories of detox diets include: juice cleanses, sugar detox, simple fruit and vegetable detox, smoothie cleanses and the hypoallergenic detox. Take some time to think about what would be easiest to stick to, since this will help ensure success.
Benefits of Detoxes
Detoxification, put simply, means to clean the blood. This is achieved by removing any impurities that are present in the blood in the liver, where toxins are actually processed to be eliminated. Other areas where toxins are eliminated include the skin, lymph, lungs, intestines and kidneys.
When a person follows a detoxification program, the benefits they will see include:
- Providing rest for the organs through fasting
- Promoting proper elimination of toxins through the skin, kidneys and intestines
- Stimulating the liver to remove toxins from the body
- Improved blood circulation
- Refuelling the body with healthier nutrients
Detox “How To”
To detoxify, the first step is to lighten the toxin load. This means eliminating refined sugars, cigarettes, saturated fats, coffee and alcohol. Each of these act as a toxin in the body and create an obstacle for the healing process. It is also important to reduce the use of household cleaners that are full of chemicals, as well as health care products, such as deodorants, toothpaste, shampoo and cleansers that contain chemicals. Replace these items with natural alternatives.
It is also important to reduce stress, since this causes the release of stress hormones into the body. While this is what creates the “adrenaline rush” to help meet deadlines, when there are large amounts present, it can also release large amounts of toxins.
Some research suggests that a person should detox at least once a year. However, this is not an activity that children, nursing mothers, people with tuberculosis, cancer or other degenerative diseases should participate it. Some of the telltale signs it is time for a detox include:
- Irritated skin
- Unexplained fatigue
- Mental confusion
- Menstrual problems
- Bags beneath the eyes or puffy eyes
- Low-grade infections
- Sluggish elimination
- Detoxing Versus Cleansing
During a detox, the goal is to remove the foods that are causing issues. This is the substances that slow a person down, make them feel sick, cause bloating and gas and leave a person foggy and tired. In some cases, foods, along with patterns, habits and beliefs must be removed.
A cleanse includes the detoxification process, and more. This is when all “bad” substances are removed, while also working to clean out certain body processes. This is done by using supplements, food, herbs and various practices to help the internal organs function to the best of their ability.
However, it is important to remember, people can do things daily, weekly and monthly to help and reduce the toxins in their body. This includes:
- Daily: To optimize detoxification on a daily basis, don’t eat after sundown, which will let the organs rest, rejuvenate and detoxify.
- Weekly: Consider a one-day cleanse. This means a day that includes lighter meals, with dairy and animal protein that is completely alcohol free.
- Monthly: A weekend of just alkalizing foods, such as fruits and vegetables and minimizing intake of processed or refined foods.
It is smart to make it a habit to detoxify when the seasons change. This will nourish and detox the lymphatic system, which is what drains the wastes from the body and regulates the immune system. If the lymph system is sluggish, then a person may begin to experience issues with weak immunity, colds, constipation, fatigue, allergies, swelling and aches and pains.
Tips for Detoxification Success
Once a detoxification process is complete, it is important to keep the body cleansed. This can be done with a few lifestyle practices and diet guidelines, including:
- Include fibre rich foods daily, such as fresh fruit, brown rice and vegetables
- Take liver protecting and cleansing herbs such as mild thistle, dandelion root and green tea
- Take vitamin C supplements
- Drink a minimum of two quarts of water daily
- Allow oxygen to circulate more freely by breathing deeply
- Use positive emotions to minimize stress
- Use a sauna to release toxins through the sweat
Detoxifying can have a number of benefits and ideal for anyone who is ready to supercharge their spring health regimen. The body has to be taken care of in order to continue working at top efficiency. There are some people who don’t even realize how bad they feel until the after effects of a detox program. Take some time to determine which one is the best option and then begin the process. While it may be challenging at first, the outcome pays off in dividends.