Updated: Apr 21
A full body detox is a practice that some people believe can help eliminate toxins from the body.
Detoxes or resets, as I like to call them, can encourage habits that may enhance the body's normal detoxification processes, such as eating a healthful diet, getting enough exercise, sleeping better and staying hydrated. A full body cleanse is a plan that people follow in an effort to eliminate toxins from the body which ideally releases built up inflammation.
Did you know that inflammation is the source of all chronic disease?
Another way to look at it could be more like crowding out inflammatory and toxic foods simply by adding in healthier, cleaner and more whole foods. By making better choices we are supplying our bodies with the nourishment it needs. In turn we start to feel better, sleep better, look better and even work better. Let's just call it the adding in diet instead of the elimination diet.
While cleanses are not medically necessary for most people, they can offer health benefits to most people, such as:
Weight loss or at least less bloat and inflammation.
Adding in more fruits and vegetables. Approximately 75% of people in the US do not consume enough of these.
Extra hydration. A cleanse or detox always promotes drinking more water. Did you know you should drink half your weight in ounces of water each day? Especially during a reset. Water helps the body to remove waste faster.
More Antioxidants. According to some studies certain detox diets can aid liver function and healthier foods that are added during a cleanse can increase the antioxidant glutathione which can help remove toxins from the body.
If you are just looking for a healthier routine and want to feel younger and more energized you can make some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. These can help get you started on your journey to better health and holistic wellness.
Limit your consumption of alcohol and smoking. Both of these habits place strain on the body in different ways. Alcohol in particular affects the liver, which is the body's main detoxification organ. Simply start by reducing your consumption and your body will naturally begin to detox.
Stay hydrated. Old rule of thumb; drink eight (8) oz glasses per day.
Begin eating a nutrient-dense diet. Adequate nutrition allows the body's detoxification system to work effectively. Crowd out foods like refined carbohydrates, added sugars and processed foods. Try adding in these foods, berries, nuts, dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes or quinoa. Sprinkle on a variety of herbs; ginger, turmeric, cilantro, basil, rosemary. Add in some foods with Omega 3's. *Check in with a health coach or nutritionist to learn more about a balanced diet.
Get enough sleep. Quality sleep allows the brain to remove waste that accumulates throughout the day and makes adequate sleep an essential part of detoxification and overall wellness.
Exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking per day will not only get the blood flowing but help to improve your mood and detoxify your mind. Getting outside will make it even better!
Take time to get in touch with your soul through meditation, journaling, praying....
Find community that will support you on your journey to your healthiest and happiest life.
You can adopt a more balanced approach by using a reset as an opportunity to begin healthful habits, such as drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and eliminating drinking or smoking for a short period of time. However, you should always speak with your doctor (preferably a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine type) before making any major changes.
Are you still curious about a reset? Want to discuss the best route for you? I am here to listen and guide you.