You have decided to detox and cleanse your body, congratulations! There are huge health benefits of detoxing, especially in this fast-paced life filled with much stress and little time for yourself. Using fresh ingredients to juice up, cleanse and rejuvenate your body is a grand idea. However, when done improperly, a detox can not only be completely ineffective but can even be harmful. To that end, we have created a list of dos and don’ts designed to help you get the most out of your detox journey and perhaps even see it as not just a part of nutrition but a lifestyle, so let us begin.
The Basic Don’ts
There are very few issues in life that have ‘quick fixes’ that actually work in the long run, and this applies to your health too. If you truly wish to maintain your health, you will have to invest the time and dedication like you would with everything else that is truly important to you. What this means in the context of detox is that you cannot be a ‘fair-weather detoxer’. It is a process that takes time, so one of the worst things you can do is adopt a cleansing routine for just a little while and then go back to unhealthy diet the moment you feel like you are done and are happy as this can produce a counter-effect.
Another thing you must do before starting your detox is to actually know which kind of toxins you wish to get rid of. Do not just take any recipe on your own, take the time to do your research and see what kinds of toxins you wish to battle. Dr. Erin Stair, M.P.H., a health consultant, says that most people can’t define what a toxin is, let alone know which ones they are attempting to rid their bodies from.
Other bad news is – you cannot have your cake and eat it too. For example, you cannot expect your juice cleanse to work if you do not cut away the toxins you are knowingly putting inside your body, like processed food, tobacco, and alcohol.
Finally, do not be aggressive on your body. You might think that if you really attack the problem of toxins or weight aggressively, you will see quick results. However, as previously said, health and wellness do not happen overnight, so take your time. There are quality herbal and mineral supplements online that can help you to detox your body correctly.
Now that you have been familiarized with the don’ts, it is time to learn how to detox right.
Let’s Cleanse That Body Right!
The first thing you need to do is choose fresh healthy fruits and vegetables for your detox, as quality produce is the only type of produce that guarantees a safe cleansing, healthy, and successful. There is a great and informative list of fruits and vegetables and what kind of properties they have. For example, a carrot is full of Vitamins B and C, calcium folic acid, iron and the list goes on. Every mentioned ingredient comes with a list of nutrients and benefits for your body, so the best thing for you to do (after you have done your research and know what you wish to say good riddance to) is to choose your combination and then create recipes.
The next thing on your to-do list is to start every morning with your desired and prescribed list of fruits. Pop them into a blender and create your instant energy booster. You will kick off the day feeling energized, and your taste buds will sing a joyous song.
If your goal is not only to detox but also to lose some weight in the process, go on a juice fast. As said earlier, this should be done in moderation, so the optimal time for this type of fast is three to five days. And if you wish to follow your process use a body measurement app to track the changes in your body since this can serve as a great motivator to keep going when you feel like giving up. One very important thing to bear in mind during this process is –hydration, hydration, hydration. Drink plenty of water, ideally four to six pints a day.
There you have it. All the yays and nays of detoxing, and now you are ready to start your own, so juice up, health up, and slim down!