Detox!!! Understanding the basics

Whether you are getting started with a healthy lifestyle or need the occasional clean up, detoxing is a popular discussion. In this discussion, the first question you want to know is if detoxes are necessary. The safety, type and duration of a good detox are also questions high on the list. While there are too many detoxes to discuss in one post, I will cover a few of the basics of detoxing to allow you to get a good idea of what to expect. Picking the perfect detox can be tough, so the most important thing is picking one that you can stick with for the suggested amount of time and gear up to for self-discipline.

What is detoxing?  index

Detoxing is frequently thought of in terms of the act of ridding the body of drugs and/ or alcohol. By definition, detoxing means “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification”.  We are hearing more and more people detoxing their bodies of certain foods, additives or ingredients (Think sugar, caffeine, etc.)

 

What you can expect.

Detoxing can have many benefits including but not limited to clearing of the skin, better digestion, regular bowel movements, increase in energy and even weight loss. When your body gets used to something and craves it such as the way it does for sugar and caffeine, removing it from your diet can be an adjustment. Before the positive results show up, withdrawal symptoms can be present and miserable. These symptoms include but are not limited to headaches, moodiness, lethargic state and lack of appetite. When these symptoms occur, know that they are only temporary and that you have to hold strong through them in order to cross over to the other side. The positive results will follow and are worth the effort.

How long does a good detox last?

There is no cut and dry answer here. There are detoxes that can last days, weeks or even months. If your detox is packaged like many of the detox teas that are now available, the ingredients of them will determine the recommendations in length as some things are not safe to consume beyond a certain time frame. Pay close attention to the manufacturers notes and if there is also a suggested lapse in time that should be observed before repeating the detox. If your detox is from something like sugar, caffeine or meat, there is no maximum time frame due to safety concerns. The longer the better in some cases and you may find that you will want to continue past an actual timeframe and include the elimination of said products as a permanent lifestyle change.

Why detoxing is good to jumpstart a weight loss or healthy lifestyle regiment.

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These days our bodies get loaded down with foods and beverages that are heavy on sugar, calories, caffeine and fat but very low on nutrients. When this happens, our bodies do not operate that way in which they are intended to work. As a whole, we are overweight, sluggish and lazy, swollen and achy, our skin is dry and cakey, and the list goes on.  Deciding to live a healthy lifestyle can get off to a great start if a detox is included. Look at it as clearing out all the garbage and allowing your body to absorb the nutrients you are now going to feed it and allowing your body to operate as it should.

What if I cheat?

The purpose is a detox is to start fresh. If you cheat and sneak a bite or sip of something you are detoxing from, you are negating the benefits. Even if it’s one tiny bite or sip, it counts as feeding your body what you set out to remove and to be honest with yourself you should start over. Here is where you must ask yourself if taking a bite of cake 20 days into a 30 -day sugar detox is worth losing all that you have worked towards thus far. The answer is likely no. Take a deep breath, pull it together and get your life. You can do it. You are worth the change!

 

If you’d like more assistance with detoxing, visit www.royalpainfitness.com and contact me. Treat yours bodies well and be royal!

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