It is that time of year when most people feel guilty about the state of their health and wellness, following the over-indulgence that was the festive season. Are the cakes, sweets and braai’s coming back to haunt you? This may be in the form of low energy levels, decreased concentration and constipation. These are some of the signs that show that your body is in need of a major detox.
Our health and nutrition expert Dineo Lesabe who is better known as “Fitness Freak LTD” takes us through the process of detoxing your body, why is it necessary to do it, and how you can do it effectively.
Let’s start off by identifying what the detox process is. Detox refers to the science of how the body gets rid of toxic substances. The practice of detoxifying the body has been cultivated in spiritual and medical traditions for centuries. Detoxification is not a pill or quick fix water and lemon solution. It is an ongoing, vital process that your body requires in order to survive. The body has it’s natural detox mechanisms in place, however when over indulgence of junk food, alcohol and chemicals come into play, it is important for you to aid your body along with the detoxification process.
Why should you detox regularly?
According to Fitness Freak, regularly detoxing your body is essential for radiant, lifelong health and youthfulness into old age. The whole body detox cleansing program is a complete guide to the foods, diet and lifestyle habits which lead to happiness, longevity and health. There are many benefits to detoxing when done correctly. It is a great way to reset a sluggish digestive system; clean the liver, colon, intestines and kidneys; and boost the immune system. When overloaded by toxins, the body is not able to successfully filter out impurities. Systems becomes overrun and blocked, which can create discomfort, sickness, disease, skin problems, allergies and other major health issues.
The Detox process, and how to do it effectively?
Eating proper food. Your stomach is naturally an acidic environment, the main goal for eating well is to balance the acidity in your stomach. Fitness Freak recommend eating more alkaline food such as vegetables, chick peas, beans, and lentils, all these food can help your body to balance acid in your stomach, this will make your natural body detoxing system to be more smoother and faster. For inner cleansing and lubrication, more energy, increased metabolism and increased fluid intake, Fitness Freak recommend her favorite Herbalife Jet Drink, it is a blend of vitamin and nutrients that aids the body along with the cleansing process.
The practice of body detoxification has long been cultivated in medical and spiritual traditions. Ancient civilizations used bloodletting or leeches to remove the toxic “humours” in the body, whether they originated from blood, bile, or phlegm. The ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda included a practice of cleansing known as panchakarma, which used sweating, herbs, oils, and massage for body purification. In spiritual traditions, fasting, sweat lodges, and giving up certain foods or eating at certain times have been implemented as part of the belief systems.
The reality is that we are living in an increasingly toxic environment. It has been estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals presently used in the United States. Some of them have not yet been extensively tested for their effects on human health.
Aging only compounds the body’s toxic load—scientists estimate that we all carry within our bodies over 700 contaminants. Medical literature continues to support the growing association between exposure to popularized toxins such as heavy metals (e.g., mercury, arsenic, lead), exogenous hormones (e.g., recombinant bovine growth hormone and synthetic estrogens), and industrial plasticizers (e.g., bisphenol A) and the rising incidence of neurobehavioral, reproductive, and musculoskeletal diseases—everything from attention deficit disorder to autism to infertility to fibromyalgia.
Some toxins are thought to play a role in metabolic disturbances such as insulin resistance, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, which is why these disrupting substances are even referred to as “obesogens.”
When it comes to a well-rounded body detoxification program, we must consider not just the physical removal of toxins, but also the emotional aspects that we may need to release and cleanse. Toxicity can build in many areas of life—from social networks, to stress, to the quantity and quality of sleep. Research continues to support the idea that “…humans are simultaneously biological and cultural beings, which means that physical and ideational networks are enfolded in and unfold from one another.” This means we need to cleanse the spirit and mind as well as our bodies.
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By yours truly: Mpho Nelson