What is a detox?
A detox is an activity that aims to reduce the toxins in the body. The actual process of detoxification involves cutting down the unhealthy foods we eat and increasing the nutrients and vitamins to build a healthy body.
Although the body already does this on its own, we still need to have a detox that gives our organs like the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs a short break so then they can do their job of filtering blood, burning fat, regulating hormones, dispersing nutrients more effective.
Some benefits of detox:
Detoxification will help you always stay in your best productive state. Especially, when you often feel tired or have headaches, digestive issues, it’s exactly the time you need to use a detox.
A detox will help you make better food choices. When you cleanse your body of waste and toxins, you are controlling your cravings for sugar-loaded or carb-filled treats. This gets you back on track with making better food choices that are sustainable. You’ll then find that you only want to eat healthier foods!
Detoxing can help lose weight. Losing weight is always the most common goal when people start a detox. After your body eliminates the toxins, it can begin to operate more efficiently. And because you are cutting out foods that are high in sugar, fats, and carbs, you are likely consuming fewer calories, which leads to weight loss.
Here’s how to detox without starving yourself:
It starts with shifting your diet and making consistently good food choices:
Water and tea would be the top priority that you need to drink much in a day. Enjoy them with lemon first thing in the morning after waking up. Lemon has compounds including Vitamin C, antioxidants, d-limonene, and acids similar to those in your stomach, which all help to boost the detox process and cleanse your body itself as well as stimulate the fat-burning activity of the liver.
Eat whole foods to take in the nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber your body needs. Vegetables, fruits, lean meats/protein, good fats (like olive oil, avocado, and nuts), and complex carbs (such as rice or quinoa) are all whole foods.
Junk foods are what you have to stay away from as they are stripped of the majority of their nutrients. Besides, avoid foods made from refined sugars and white flour, because consuming them can disrupt your digestive system and lead to many health problems.
Enjoy more spices and herbs in your meals such as ginger, garlic, basil, turmeric, cinnamon, or peppers. Not only to give your food flavor, but they also have various healing properties and can even increase circulation to speed up the cleansing process as well as give your body a nutrient supplement.
Have a vegan snack. A healthy diet often makes you hungry, you need to prepare yourself with some snacks which are rich in protein. Check this article to see my top favorite healthy snacks you can make at home.
Add a cup of bone broth to your day. Bone broth is jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients essential for gut health. When your gut is working properly, you’ll find that you eat better and feel better.
Apple cider vinegar can help with blood glucose, digestion, and weight loss efforts. You should add a little apple cider vinegar in daily meals when used as a marinade or dressing, or as a drink diluted with water.
When following a detoxing, you should not starving yourself or depriving your body of the foods it craves. Focus on eliminating toxins, your body will start to crave whole, nutritious foods that make you feel energized, active, and productive.