Simple Steps to Detox Your Body in a Healthy Loving Way
The desire to detox usually hits arises before a body-conscious event, like a beach vacation or wedding, or after a period of indulgence. The thought can be enough to send you seeking a weight-loss quick fix—no matter how extreme, how obviously unhealthy, or how clearly unsustainable it may be. But, before you fall into the crash-diet trap, consider an approach that is kinder on the body and that delivers results you can actually maintain. A seasonal detox! Let me arm you with some practical tips for hitting your internal reset button in a healthy & loving way!
1. Listen to Your Body
I am a firm believer that the body will tell us exactly what we need, we just have to be willing to listen! This is where start eliminating one thing at a time to find out how different foods influence your health. For example how does eating large portions of food make you feel? Does eating dairy give you unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies, low-grade infection, puffy eyes or bags under the eyes, bloating, menstrual problems, mental confusion. Perhaps your body is trying to tell you something when you consume certain foods but you are not listening?
2. Eat Healthy Foods Filled with Nutrition
The foods we consume should provide nutrition – vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients – to our diets, instead of just empty calories. By avoiding any processed foods with high levels of refined carbs, added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats you then get to fill you body full of foods that hydrate and nourish. Foods like dark leafy greens, avocados, walnuts, nut, & seeds are full of nutrients that stimulate energy levels, weight-loss, metabolic balance, and even create clearer, healthier skin.
3. Declutter your kitchen and eliminate all sugary foods from your cabinets and meals.
Added sugars not only skyrocket your daily sugar levels, but also result in high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, and food intolerances. Plus, it is hard to resist! Throw out processed foods and sweets that are too tempting to be resisted. Make the decision to live on fresh whole foods in their purest forms.
4. Eliminate sugary beverages.
Do you know the worst way of consuming sugar is in liquid form? Yes, the sugar present in beverages like soda and other energy drinks is directly absorbed into the bloodstream and causes more damage to your body. Don’t be fooled into thinking diet sodas are healthy either. Diet sodas have artificial sweeteners that can harm your liver and leave you craving more and more.
5. . Consume good fats.
Usually people blame fats for causing excessive weight gain and obesity. In fact, the real cause lies in the flour and sugar that we constantly eat. Fats are necessary as they are required for regulating the level of sugar in the blood and carry minerals and vitamins throughout the body. Additionally, these good fats keep you feeling full for a longer duration. You should eat both the fats and proteins at every meal. Some of the best sources of fats for you are olive oil, omega 3, avocados, coconut oil, and seeds.
6. Drink at least 8 Cups of Water per Day
Water is an incredibly essential nutrient for our bodies. It works hard to support digestion and nutrient absorption – while also detoxifying our bodies as it removes undesired waste products.
If you know this may be a weakness for you, try infusing your water by immersing fruits, vegetables, or herbs in cold water to release their nutrients. This is good for energy, cleansing, and cell hydration. Adding fruits or vegetables can elevate water’s potential to help keep not just our bodies, but our minds and souls healthy, as well!!
5. Get sufficient sleep.
Getting enough sleep and falling asleep at an appropriate time is essential for normal body functioning. Insufficient sleep or sleeping at inappropriate hours can also imbalance your appetite-controlling hormones.
Make a habit of going to sleep at the same time every night and staying asleep for 7-9 hours.
Before You Begin
Before embarking on this journey, I suggest you take the time to make sure you understand a detox isn’t only about taking things away or liquid-only diets. It’s about giving your body what it needs to regenerate and heal. And it should be a go-to tactic in your long-term healthy lifestyle strategy.
Detoxes may have gotten a bad reputation as a form of self-punishment for overindulgence or barbaric method of rapid weight loss. But done well, they can actually be a loving ritual of self-care, a means of slowing down and checking in with yourself, and a way of making your health a top priority, so that you can feel vibrant, energized, and fully dialed-in to life.
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