A new year has begun and many wish to kickstart it by feeling cleansed, energized and on a path to healthy living. The process of detoxification is natural to any living organism and involves the removal of waste material from the body. The major organs of detoxification are the liver, kidneys, colon, and skin. A balanced approach to support and enhance the functions of each is critical to achieve great results when on a detox. Detox diets vary widely and can last for a few days to as long as one month. Many involve some version of a limited diet such as the elimination of red meat, wheat, sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds along with certain vitamin and mineral supplements are encouraged.Some detox programs can involve replacing one or two meals with a high protein, vitamin-rich shake or organic freshly pressed juice. Most include detoxification “boosters” in the form of herbs, probiotics (to replace healthy bacteria in the digestive tract), nutrients and antioxidants. Certain products have been especially developed to augment the detoxification process by supporting the liver as well as aiding bowel function and maintaining a healthy digestive tract. A few key herbs to look for in a good detox supplement include: artichoke, milk thistle and schisandra to name a few.However extreme dietary restriction such as a juice or water wast is almost never recommended as it can a negative effect on blood sugar levels and metabolism ad leaving you feeling depleted. A detox program really needs to go beyond the diet to address both lifestyle and the mental/emotional state. Additions such as meditation, deep breathing, infrared sauna sessions, exercise, and daily positive affirmations can really help take your detox to the next level.Although most people can benefit from periodic detoxification, certain individuals should not attempt it without supervision from a trained healthcare professional. These include diabetics, since a detox program may lower their blood sugar levels and their medication may need to be adjusted. People taking medications should also seek professional advice since the detox can increase the speed with which medications are metabolized and eliminated. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid doing an intensive detox program due to the potential of releasing toxins through the placenta or in breast milk. However a detox is usually highly recommended as preparation for conception for both parents!
A three-day raw food detoxification cleansing diet can be really advantageous in the quest to remove damaging contaminants from your body and also act as great jump-start to a raw food diet plan. The body has the natural ability of filtering out environmental and diet poisons via the liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin. The key is giving it the raw materials to do so.While there are numerous variations to the three-day detoxification diet, all of them follow these general laws:- stop smoking, drinking coffee, eating processed foods and foods with unnatural sugar, and drinking alcohol
- eat plenty of raw, ripe fruits and vegetables
- consume soaked nuts and seeds
- drink lots of waterFollowing a three-day raw diet simply involves consuming raw fruits, veggies, herbs, and/or nuts for nutritive intake. Dumping beef and dairy helps to further clean the body of dangerous bacteria and poisons that enter into the body as a consequence of consuming animal products and/or cooked food. Detoxing your body helps to clean the blood system which in turn assists in rejuvenating the filtering organs and helps to optimize their performance.This detox diet will give your body an opportunity to flush toxic waste material without interruption from new poisons entering the body concurrently. As well as the raw food, a successful raw food detox may include raw herbs that can further help in the internal cleansing process.Infusions using lemon, ginger, senna, milk thistle, star anise, fennel, and other herbs can be made with warm or hot water and can truly help your body release toxic substances and poisons in a matter of a few days.Besides raw detoxification food, one must consume plenty of water on this three-day detoxification diet. Raw living food contains plenty of water in and of itself, but to replenish a body that is just about eighty percent water, plenty of pure filtered water is advantageous. Each imperative chemical process that happens in the body needs water, including the burning of fat, so it is of the greatest importance that pure water consumption remains high. Drinking plenty of water also assists the liver and kidneys in processing and flushing out the poisons that you need to remove during your detoxification cleanse, permitting you to release many of them by way of urine and sweat.Just like a person who is attempting to detox from a drug addiction, drinking plenty of water and sitting in a dry sauna can really push this toxin release to a higher level. Please discuss these solutions with your doctor before giving them a try. The dry sauna detox may be one to add to your detox regimen when you become more experienced.