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How to do detox without going on a diet


Detox to eat better and change diet

I am sure that you have tried doing a ‘detox’ before. Wheatear it was omitting certain substances from your diet such as processed foods, carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol, or following a program like juice cleansing. Or maybe you were on a mission to lose weight and fasting seemed like a good option at the time.


New Year’s resolutions or season changes like the beginning of spring or autumn are popular times to do a detox. But I want to tell you that you don’t need to go on a special diet or wait for the perfect time to do a detox. Actually, your body performs detoxification all the time. Isn’t this remarkable?


In today’s blog post I explain what detoxification is, the major players, and how you can make sure that you detoxify regularly. This way you can build your optimal health and wellness daily without sweat.


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What is detoxification

In a nutshell, detoxification is the removal of any substances that have the potential to harm you. Detoxification occurs naturally. We don’t need to go on a special mission to tell our body it has to detoxify. Your body has impeccable instincts and performs detoxification all day long.


The primary role of detoxification is to eliminate whatever you have in excess. But if your body can run detoxification smoothly, you will feel more energetic, your hormones will be balanced, the distribution of vitamins and minerals will be equal, you will be less often sick because your immune system will be strong, and your cognitive functions will improve. You will also notice the health and glow of your ski (If you missed my blog post about 5 ways to have glowing skin during Melanoma March, read it HERE)


Organs that are involved in the detoxification process are the liver, colon, kidneys, respiratory system, and skin. But the liver is the major player. The liver’s main function is to remove toxins from the body.


Therefore, we need to look after our liver daily by reducing consumption of harmful substances such as processed foods, sugars, alcohol, or medication that contains synthetic ingredients.


If the liver is unable to change and then remove the waste from our body, the toxins have the potential to compromise your immune system causing many health problems, such as inflammation, food allergies, hormone imbalances, unregulated blood sugar (leading to diabetes), production of bile (leading to jaundice) infections and life-threatening illnesses like cancer.


The liver stores essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, copper, vit A, B12, D, E, and K. Again, if the liver doesn’t function properly those vital minerals and vitamins are not distributed across your body and delivered where they are needed.


So, what do I mean when I say toxins?



Where do the toxins come from?

Well, toxins are harmful substances that can be found in almost everything. They are added to our food (preservatives, artificial colours, sugars), household products (acids, bleach, ammonia), cosmetics (petroleum, parfum, alcohol), garden products such as pesticides, or even unfiltered water may contain harmful substances.


We are exposed to external toxins all the time and reducing their intake is the first step in doing a detox daily.


But toxins can also come from the inside. Your own body produces substances such as cholesterol and estrogen that if they are not removed, your body changes their composition and returns them back to the bloodstream. Can you see how dangerous this can be? If your detoxification process doesn’t run smoothly, substances that were identified to be removed, are being recycled back, potentially causing damage.


But when we talk about toxins, we need to address stress. Stress is ever-present and when the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered, many chemical reactions happen in our bodies. If those reactions and the hormones which are produced at the time are not eliminated and taken care of, they too may add another layer of the load onto our detoxification process.


So, let’s have a look at how to support your detoxification process.



How to support your daily detoxification

Detoxification happens in two stages: phase 1 and phase 2. There are a lot of biochemical reactions happening at each stage, but the goal is for the waste to be changed into a less harmful substance and to make its way towards evacuation.


The way how you can support your daily detoxification is to deliver the needed nutrients so your body can perform those processes. During phase 1, your body needs B vitamins and antioxidants, and during phase 2 amino acids and sulphur are essential. Therefore, make sure that you consume enough healthy products containing those nutrients.


Another great way of supporting your detoxification process is by consuming raw, whole foods and plenty of vegetables, especially from the brassica family such as broccoli, cauliflower, or kale.

Adding more plants (vegetables) into your diet is always a good choice and it’s not as hard as you may think. (If you struggle with ways to add vegetables into your diet, read my previous blog post 5 ways to add more green vegetables into your diet HERE).



Are you detoxing your mind too?

Of course, the primary reason why we want to go on a detox is to target a specific toxin that is not supporting our body. My approach to health and wellbeing is to look at both your body and mind. They both need to be well, for you to be healthy. If you look after your body, and not your mind, you are not healthy holistically.


That is why it is so important to notice what you put into your mind too.


The most common ‘toxins’ are our beliefs, worries, and emotions, which if not resolved may potentially harm us. It is perfectly normal and healthy, may I add, that you worry about your loved ones, or that you are upset or even angry or frustrated if something unfair happened to you. But staying in those patterns will eventually lead to unhealthy behaviour which will not support your health and wellness.


Monitoring your levels of stress needs to be a daily priority. Staying active and engaging your body in regular movement will not only reduce your stress but will also help your organs to detoxify. After all, your skin is one of the organs performing detoxification, and every time you perspire toxins are being removed with the sweat.


One of the easiest ways to do a mental detox is to recognize what ‘mental toxins’ you are putting in and when this happens. Once you know what they are and how they are triggered create a plan to omit them and replace them with supportive cognitions.



Conclusions

Going on detox with a specific goal can be beneficial. Whether it is to reduce the consumption of sugar, processed foods, alcohol, or if you want to lose weight.


But detoxification is a natural process that your body performs daily whether you notice it or not. Your body’s primary role is to make sure that there is nothing that can harm you. And toxins, those harmful substances, can come in many forms.


They are either in food and household products or cosmetics you are using. But toxins can also come from the inside. Your body produces substances such as cholesterol and estrogen which ultimately need to be removed from your body.


If your detoxification process runs smoothly, you not only remove what your body doesn’t need, but you also have more energy and hormonal balance, deliver vital vitamins and minerals, build a strong immune system, improve cognitive functions and let’s not forget about that glow your skin has.


Supporting your body through eating raw, and whole foods, plenty of vegetables, decreasing the consumption and exposure to toxins as well as reducing levels of stress are all ways to ensure that your detoxification process works well, and you stay healthy and in optimal wellbeing.


So, how are you going to do ‘detox’ today?


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