Detoxing is one of the most effective ways of re-booting your immune system. The body’s little nudges of telling you that it’s had enough are:
… when you can’t seem to get over a cold or flu
… you’ve got aches and pains in parts of your body that you didn’t know existed before
… you can’t seem to shake off the feeling of fatigue, low moods, headaches or severe migraines
… you are constantly bloated
… your skin looks like you just went through a sandstorm
… you are allergic to the environment all year round, and
… that stubborn weight won’t simply come off even if you did a restrictive only one carrot a day diet!
These are clear signs that your body is toxic, the accumulation of more toxins exasperates these unfortunate conditions only further. Toxins disturb the natural flow of homeostasis — the body’s ability to maintain balance and the management of stressors and toxins — a lack of homeostasis causes a backup of toxic wastes in tissues and organs, and is indicated through dis-eases that cause an overload to the kidneys, lymphatic system and intestines.
So why detox this time of year? Because Spring brings with it a fresh start!! Your body is coming out of the winter cycle of eating ‘hearty meals’ to keep warm. Winter is when most people experience weight gain, for fairly obvious reasons.
A nutritional detox will be like giving your body a Spring cleaning. It’s out with the old and makes room for the new and fresh.
Benefits Of Detoxing
A thorough cleaning of your insides through a detox has insurmountable long-term health and physical benefits. We are exposed to harmful external elements each day, such as heavy metals environmental pollutants, pesticides and cancer-causing chemicals that disable our immune system. Some benefits:
- Removes toxins from the body and cleanses the liver
- Support digestion, boost metabolism and aids weight loss
- Reduce inflammation and eases the digestive system
- Boost energy levels and mental alertness
- Promotes healthy skin and minimize the signs of aging.
There are some beautiful foods that should always be part of a detox nutrition plan. And to name but a few:
Lemon & Lime
Rich in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system, fights free-radicals and improves physical performance.
Great at controlling the appetite, fat metabolism and has a positive effect on the autonomic nerves.
Did you know that cucumbers are natural diuretics? They also contain a powerful polyphenol compound that helps in slowing down the aging process, helps fight free radical damage and reduces inflammation.
Provides anti-aging Vitamins A and B, fights free radicals and its lycopene compound is known to prevent osteoporosis and hypertension.
TIP OF THE DAY! Remember to always stay well hydrated throughout any detox process.
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