How Can Detoxifying Your Body Help?
Are you are getting tired of watching everyone playing sports, jogging on the beach and looking so healthy and fit? Why does it seem that everyone knows what to do when it comes to looking and feeling healthy? Is there a top secret that everyone knows and not you? Do you feel left out, because you tried every diet that you could and it seems as though it’s not working!L Here is the problem; the body is like your vacuum cleaner, every once in while you have to clean it out. Eating healthy is a great start, but cleaning your insides is even better. We have to detoxify our bodies to get great results, in order for us to have a better change within
In ancient times it was a requirement to fast and detox through prays and rituals. In the animal kingdom, animals would fast from illness or hibernation from long winter sleeps. Unfortunately, as us humans we don’t have to sleep in caves like our loving creatures. But the longevity, of our diet may cause changes in our fast-past society, where pills and junk food appears more appealing to the eye. We’ve eaten several meals a day, usually various combinations of only 10 or 20 foods. During our lifetime, drastic changes in processing that food has led to it being more refined and laden with sugar, fat and preservatives, which gives us a tendency to over eat and become over weight.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
When you are trying to do a detoxification program, every effort should be taken to ensure that you are exposing your body to the least amount of toxic compounds as possible. This is a great time to investigate organic foods, natural cleaning products, natural beauty products, and looking into having your air and water tested for purity. For future information, consult with your Naturopathic Physician to future insist you on; whatever concerns you may want to ask.
FOODS TO STAY AWAY FROM!
Stay away from non-organic meats and dairy. Usually come from animals that were given antibiotics and hormones throughout their lifetimes. Eat organic whenever possible. It may be most obvious to choose organic produce, but you should especially focus on switching your dairy, eggs and meats to organic. They are higher on the food chain and thus carry a heavier load of environmental toxins
Do not eat processed foods. When you are shopping in the grocery store, you should be walking around the perimeter of the store, focusing on foods that are fresh. Avoid foods that contain artificial coloring, preservatives, additives, chemicals or artificial sweeteners. When you read the ingredients in a food, there should be as few as possible. If you don’t recognize an ingredient as a food or you can’t pronounce it, it is likely a processed food.
Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol and caffeine are compounds that your liver has to break down, and remember that we want to decrease your liver’s burden during this time. Sugar is just not good for you, and while you’re doing so much to clean up your diet it is best to remove this as well.
Avoid food allergens. If you know that you are allergic to a food, avoid that food while cleansing. Many people who are unsure of whether they have a food allergy choose to avoid dairy and gluten while on a cleanse because these are the two most common food allergens