What is a detox and why do people do it?
Your body naturally detoxifies through the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs. You can also make changes to your day-to-day activities to assist your body’s detoxification process–an especially helpful way to kickstart a healthy diet or lifestyle change. It’s much more simple than you might think!
Can I detox to lose weight?
No, detoxes aren’t recommended for weight loss. Any weight you do lose is mostly—if not all—water weight and is a byproduct of your body using water to flush out toxins.
How long should a detox last?
Detoxes don’t need to last longer than three days. Your body detoxifies itself as part of the digestion process. It takes anywhere from 36 to 72 hours for your body to absorb the essential nutrients and flush out the toxins/waste inherited from the food you ate, and hence complete the digestion process.
What you should do for an effective, healthy detox is make minor, temporary changes to your diet and day-to-day activities. These changes can be categorized into three components: what you drink, what you eat, and your lifestyle.
Stay Hydrated: essential drinks
Lifestyle Factors: day-to-day activities
Exercise more often. Exercising helps your body flush out toxins through sweat, reduces stress, increases energy levels and improves your overall mood.
Focus on getting good sleep. Good quality sleep helps reduce stress, reduces inflammation, elevates your mood, improves cognitive function and lowers your risk for health problems.
Exfoliate your skin. A byproduct of a successful detox is clearer skin, and by regularly exfoliating, you can achieve clearer skin faster by increasing its cell turnover rate.
Detoxing is simple and should make you feel better, not constantly hungry and tired.
In a nutshell, a successful detox involves supporting your body’s natural ability to flush out toxins; no restrictive diet required! Eat highly nutritious foods, stay hydrated, exercise and get good sleep so your body can function at its peak performance. You’ll feel great–mentally and physically–in no time.