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What Does It Mean to “Detox” Your Body?
You hear people talking about “detoxing.” And you know it’s a good thing. Certainly, getting rid of things your body doesn’t want that only cause it harm or make it harder to function makes sense.
But when you’re “detoxing,” what does it do? And how does that actually help you other than sounding “good?”
Where Detoxing Comes From
Even though you may just be getting aware of detox, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine systems have been doing it for thousands of years. So, it’s not exactly a new concept.
The science behind it changes. The techniques that make it work change. But the idea itself does not.
What Does Detox Do?
Detoxification simply means to clean your blood. You have certain impurities and toxins in your blood that don’t help your body.
So naturally, it makes sense to get rid of them.
Detox also includes replacing these harmful substances with healthy nutrients.
How Do You Know If You Need to Detox?
It’s ultimately your call as to when, or if, you choose to detox. It’s generally not a bad idea to do once per year.
However, pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid it. And so should children. Some parents of autistic children try detox and believe it helps them. If you choose to do so, make sure you do it with guidance from your doctor.
Otherwise, these signs may indicate it’s a good time for you to detox:
You constantly feel fatigued, but don’t know why
Your body’s ability to eliminate waste seems sluggish
You routinely get allergies
You have irritated skin
Mentally, you feel confused and generally not “sharp”
You have menstrual problems
What Do You Need to Detox Your Body From?
Toxins are present and readily available in American society. In fact, if you do follow through on your detox, you’ll be shocked as to what causes it.
For starters, you should avoid:
Saturated fat (found in processed meat like salami, fatty snack foods, deep fried food, cakes, biscuits, pastries, and fast food)
And you should reduce your stress as much as possible. In low amounts, it releases hormones into your system that give you adrenaline you need to deal with a stressful situation. That’s okay.
However, if you’re in frequent and intense stress, your body creates toxins and slows creation of detoxification enzymes. Sometimes, you have only so much ability to reduce your stress. But, you want to eliminate it to the maximum extent that’s under your control.
Meditation, yoga, and other physical and mental relaxation exercises help your body and mind cope with stress in healthier ways.
There’s a number of detox programs available. Probably more than you have time to research. So here’s a basic idea of some you might look at:
Oxygen colon cleanse
Harmful organism cleanse
Toxic metal cleanse
Raw/alkaline foods cleanse
That’s the basics of cleansing. You have the general information to choose if this makes sense for you, and how you might improve your health.