Is detoxing a joke? Good question. You should probably ask that now since you’re probably one of like everybody whose decided to do something “get healthy and lost weight” for their New Years Resolution. The truth is, detoxing is completely legit … unless you ask someone who has an aversion to the word “detox.” You’ll be able to spot these “woospiracy theorists” because they share common traits like: green juice bashing, all things natural hating, supplements are quack, and what I eat has nothing to do with how I look or how horrible I feel kind of traits.
There’s none of that here. We love all things detox. That’s how we get away with telling people we’re 10 years younger than we actually are, have almost zero wrinkles, haven’t taken a drug like ever, and why we only have one gray hair.
What Detoxing Is…
It’s not complicated: Detoxing is simply abstaining from or removing toxic or unhealthy substances from the body. (If it’s in the dictionary, then it’s definitely legit.) Detoxing has been the body’s way of getting rid of all the garbage we take in via the air, our skin, and our diets since the birth of toxins. We have a liver, which is the body’s chief filtration system, a colon that removes waste, kidneys that flush toxins, a lymphatic system that traps pathogens and removes unwanted substances, lungs that release carbon dioxide, and skin that sweats out chemicals. Our bodies are designed to detox.
Why You Need to Detox…
The problem? Our bodies were never designed to handle the sheer amount of chemicals, toxins, and other nasties we come into contact with daily. Think about it, it is estimated that babies are born with an average of 200 pollutants, industrial chemicals, and pesticides, in their bodies. Of the 287 chemicals that were detected in umbilical cord blood by the Environmental Working Group, 180 cause cancer, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects in humans or animals.
There are over 13,00 chemicals used in cosmetics, 10,000 chemicals in our food, toxins in our drinking water, pesticides sprayed on our crops, hazardous wastes and carcinogens injected into our babies, and women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day. The bottom line? We are constantly being bombarded with, eating, rubbing in, and drowning ourselves in chemicals.
Sure, we were born with an elimination system, but we are also born with and exposed to a lot of toxins during our lifetime. Even the body has its limits. Toxicity causes low energy, constipation, and straight-up disease. And let’s face it, most people aren’t drinking enough (toxin-free) water to flush them, breathing the cleanest air, getting enough sleep, or eating the diet that we need to remove them.
What Detoxing Does…
Detoxing simply helps the body clean house, pick up the pace, conserve energy, and get in front of the toxin burden – which is important if you have a chronic disease, poor health, and a little more than junk in your trunk.
It’s like laundry: We all need a little help sometimes to get in front of that mountain on our bed, floor, or in a never-ending cycle in the dryer.
The whole purpose of a detox is to remove toxins from the body that shouldn’t be there and to – flush them out, poop them out, sweat them out, and help the body do it’s job better. When it conserves energy doing its daily things, it can focus on the deep cleaning needed to look better and feel better.
Your toilet functions better when it’s not clogged, and your car runs better when it’s lines are clear, and your body works better when it’s not full of crap (figuratively and literally). It’s all very simple.
Should you detox?
Absolutely, but keep these principles in mind:
- The best time to detox is at the beginning of the year because you’re more mentally committed.
- The best seasons to (physically) detox are actually during Spring and Fall.
- If you’ve never detoxed before, you should consider starting slow by removing toxins (artificial flavors, preservatives, ingredients you can’t pronounce, non-organic dairy, and factor farm meat) from your diet and replacing them with healthy alternatives.
- You could experience slightly unpleasant symptoms during a detox like candida die-off, sugar withdrawal, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and more frequent trips to the loo.
- This too shall pass and after a few days you’ll start feeling amazing.
- Supplements, saunas, and massage will help a detox be more effective.
Detoxing could entail juice fasting, a raw food diet, shakes and smoothies, and clean eating, or it could simply mean removing the nasties from your diet. It could be accompanied by supplements and last a month, or it could be a simple 3-day affair. Whatever it is for you, it’s not a bad idea to give your body a break and do a little detoxing.