There’s a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. The word is detox, or detoxing, or detoxification.
The formal meaning of the word detox is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
There’s usually a negative annotation to it. How do words that can mean to be so helpful get these yucky feelings attached to them, anyway?
The Sciency stuff – what happens inside of your body.
Your bodies master detoxifier is your liver, which removes impurities from the blood by using enzymes. When your liver gets overloaded, many toxins remain in the bloodstream and travel to other organs, bathing them in blood filled toxins. Think of a backed up toilet.
So basically, toxins come in and they have to pass through your liver – like a bouncer at a night club – and if they’re good stuff they can stay. Your body will use the good nutrients to fuel itself. Pretty cool. If it’s bad stuff, your liver sends it packin’.
That sounds great, right?! Except that the toxins basically sneak in the ‘back’ and hang out anyway in places like your blood, or fat cells, or tissues and muscles. Not cool, man.
Benefits of detoxing
- ENERGY! Need I say more?
- Better sleep
- Helps with weight loss – like woah.
- Helps clean your liver so it can work better.
- Stronger immune system. Take that flu!
- Better skin.
- You can think more clearly!
- Better breath. (side note: if people are always asking if you want a piece of gum or a mint, take it, for their sake + you might need to detox!)
- Bomb dot com hair
- You feel ‘lighter’
- Improves your ‘tude, dude.
- Improves your overall well-being – if you don’t have your health, what do you have? Not much.
I wrote a blog post about the side effects of a nutritional cleanse, so you can know what to expect. Read that post here.
How do I know if I need to detox?
If you answer yes to 5 of these you likely could benefit from a detox. Disclaimer: Talk to your Dr. first, please!
Again, before you start any cleanse/detox, including the Clean Eating & Detox Program if you have any concerns please go see your doctor!
- Don’t starve yourself – a safe and healthy cleanse will encourage you to eat plenty of clean foods.
- 3-day, 7-day, and 10-day cleanses might help you to lose weight fast, but in the long run, they will not benefit you. Your body needs 30 – 90 days, and sometimes longer, to fully cleanse itself of toxins. (NOTE: You cannot fully eliminate all toxins – they are in the air we eat, and the water we drink, but getting rid of a good majority of them will help!)
- If you’ve never detoxed your body before give it some time. Do not rush your body into mega weight loss or liver cleansing. Be gentle with yourself and patient. I highly recommend giving a good cleansing a full year. This will allow you to figure out what the heck you actually have to do and eat, it’ll allow your body to figure out what the heck you’re doing to it (it will thank you eventually, but at first it’s going to be like whhhhaaaatttt????) That year will allow you to create new habits and a new lifestyle.
- Skip the diet pills. Your body will likely not absorb them, so it would literally be a waste of your precious money.
- Silly rabbit, juice is for kids. Okay, I just wanted to say that. 😉 I love juice. But I love it for a sweet treat, not for cleansing. Even pure organic fruit juice cleanses – they’ll keep you hungry and moody.
That’s all for now, folks!
Wanna try a nutritional detox that’s worked for a gazillion different people for many different reasons? I’m talking about the Clean Eating & Detox Program I do with Arbonne. As a business-owning busy momma, it’s been so helpful because it’s simple and easy and quick! All my buzz words. Check it out here.