90% of the detox programs on the market are nothing but gimmicky scams that harm your health. Here’s the right way to detox your body…
Most Detox Plans Cause More Harm Than Good
I have to cringe every time I see another article on how to detox. These detox plans have many things in common. The main ideas of most of them are:
- Resting the body using some kind of fasting protocol.
- Juicing veggies or fruit.
- Eating very low calories.
- Ridding the body of toxins.
These are just the most common principles. There are many more extreme detox protocols too. I’ve even seen fasting for days or weeks at a time. Ridiculous!
The side effects to most detox plans are downright scary. I’ve seen lists warning people of the following side effects:
- digestion issues
- low energy levels and fatigue
- skin irritations
- muscle pain
- sleep issues
- tongues turning white
- bad mood
I think what bothers me most is that every side effect is chalked up to “toxins leaving the body”. I’m sorry, but there is nothing normal about any of those side effects. Those side effects are a sign that you’re doing something wrong to your body – not right.
Whole Foods Provide the Antioxidants
If you want to detox your body the right way then you need to be patient and live a healthy lifestyle. Eating whole foods will provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary to keep your body functioning at 100% efficiency.
That means these nutrients can do their job of scavenging free radicals and providing your organs with the compounds necessary to do their job of eliminating waste.
Every day should be a detox day. Detox plans are short term and just put you back on the path to eating processed foods and chemicals once they’re over.
Exercise Stimulates Your Metabolism
Part 2 of the necessary ingredients for detoxing your body is exercise. Exercise boosts your metabolism and speeds up the elimination of waste products.
It keeps your liver and kidneys functioning optimally and helps improve circulation throughout your entire body. The improved oxygenation and transport of blood to important waste-filtering organs rids the body of “toxins”.
Fat Loss Releases Stored Chemicals
The third part to a successful detox lifestyle is losing body fat. Harmful substances, such as pesticides are stored in your body fat through a process called bioaccumulation.
By losing body fat you release these substances into your bloodstream so that they can be neutralized by circulating nutrients and antioxidants. These substances are then filtered out of the bloodstream by your organs and excreted through waste material.
A Healthy Lifestyle is the Only Long-Term Detox Plan
Going on a fast or cleanse or any other short-term detox program is like saying you’re going to lose weight for a couple of weeks and then go back to your old lifestyle.
If you’re eating right and exercising, you never have to worry about detoxing, as that is essentially what a healthy lifestyle is. No detox program can compare.
If you like juicing and find it beneficial to your goals, then great, find a way to include a glass of juice into your lifestyle while also maintaining a sufficient calorie intake. Your body also needs protein and healthy fats.
If what you’re doing is giving you headaches, nausea, and diarrhea, then exercise a little common sense and realize these are not positive signals that toxins are leaving your body. These are signs you need to do something different.
Detoxing your body is about keeping your body running at its best 100% of the time. Forget about the newest detox gimmicks. Eat whole foods and exercise – it’s the cure for just about every single one of your ailments.