This article is aimed at clarifying questions that you may have in your mind about detoxification of the body. So if you’re someone who’s been wanting to learn more about what body detox is, its benefits, and how to do it, then keep on reading!
What is detoxification?
According to Wikipedia, detoxification is a type of alternative medicine treatment which aims to rid the body of unspecified “toxins” – accumulated substances that proponents claim have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health.
Well, all that sounds nice and fancy, but are there any benefits of a body detox?
As a matter of fact there are many benefits of giving our bodies a detox cleanse. Several reasons as to why detoxification is something that our bodies require and should be done on a regular basis are as follows:
- It removes toxins from the body thereby enhancing the immune system function
- It helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer.
- It helps in losing weight.
- It slows down premature aging and improves skin quality
- It increases energy and provides mental and emotional clarity
- And most importantly, it restores balance to our body’s system
This brings us to our next question, how to detox your body?
There are several detox drinks that you can easily make to kick start that detox process. These include:
- Detox water
It is infused water and can be made using any ingredients you prefer like apples, strawberries and oranges or lemon, cucumber and ginger. It’s really your call! Just place them in a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle. Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. Detox water not only helps in weight loss but is known to boost metabolism as well. It has no calories and fills the stomach so you don’t feel as hungry. Additional info: Detox water for a flat belly can be made using just lemon, limes, cucumbers, grapefruit and water!
Bonus detox fact#1: The skin is the largest organ of our bodies. It’s constantly flushing out toxins from our body by way of sweat and oil secretion. It is recommended by nutritionists to incorporate nuts, fruits, vegetable and water in our diets to aid the detoxification process.
- Detox tea
Another way to detox is to take a cup or two of detox tea daily. It flushes out toxins from the body and helps boost the metabolism for a healthy life. Out of the many options available, green tea detox is a personal recommendation. Other options are thyme leaf tea and ginger turmeric tea. Pick one that suit your taste buds!
Bonus detox fact#2: Just sitting on a couch, sipping on a delicious cup of detox tea is not going to do much for your weight loss if you don’t get off it and move about. To reap full benefits of detox tea for weight loss, you still have to diet and exercise!
- Detox smoothie
If you are a smoothie kind of person, then the option are almost endless! They’re delicious and help soothe bloating. Not only that, they also help in losing weight. Weightloss smoothies are called green smoothies and can be made using ingredients you love. A personal favorite is Apple Berry Detox Smoothie and can be made using a cup of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), an apple, two cups of spinach and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Just mix it all in a blender and enjoy!
Interesting detox fact #3: When you are on a detox smoothie diet you generally consume less calories because the body is being filled up with more nutrient dense foods as opposed to food rich in sugar. So no, detoxing does not deprive your body of essential nutrients; that’s just a myth!
- Detox juice
We’ve all tried to eat fruits and vegetables to help nourish our bodies, but we know it’s easier said than done. Detox juices on the other hand are delicious and packed with the nutrients our bodies require. You can make a detox juice out of just about any fruit or vegetable. Change up the combos and enjoy.
Interesting detox fact #4: It’s a myth that once you detox, your body detoxes faster. However, there is no evidence to suggest that. It is recommended to reduce consumption of processed foods whether one is actively detoxing the body or not.
There are many other ways that you can detox your body; through meditation, massages, exercising and getting proper sleep. The whole idea is to flush out toxins from your body and ensure that the foods/drinks that you are consuming assist the detoxing process instead of hampering it. Give detoxing a try and the results will leave you surprised. You will feel more energetic, relaxed and will enjoy a more fulfilled life.