Detoxification has been practiced for many centuries around the world, particularly in ancient Chinese and Indian systems. It is an excellent way to rest, cleanse and nourish the body inside. It doesn’t only get rid of toxins but also feeds the body with beneficial nutrients that can protect you from many serious diseases.
How does detoxification work?
It does so by removing the impurities from the blood in the liver. The liver is where toxins are processed before they’re flushed out. Other parts of the body that get rid of toxins include intestines, lungs, skin, lymph and kidneys. When these areas are overloaded with toxins, proper functioning may be hampered. And this can have an adverse effect in your health.
How do you know when it’s time to detoxify?
Experts recommend an annual major detox. However, it’d be smart to do it more often since the environment has more toxins than ever. You also need to detox more frequently if you are nursing or you have a chronic degenerative disease. Moreover, there are signs that would tell you it’s time for detox and these include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Irritate skin
- Minor infections
- Puffy eyes
- Menstrual problems
- Bloating or indigestion
The first thing you need to do when detoxifying is to lighten up the load of toxins that you ingest. Stop smoking and drinking. Keep coffee, saturated fats, and refined sugars at bay. All these are toxic substances that hamper the body’s natural ability to heal.
It’s also a must to avoid using household cleaners and other products that contain chemicals. Use natural homemade products instead.
On top of these, you need to tone down your stress levels. Stress triggers the release of stress hormones that slow down the body’s detoxification enzymes. Stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation and breathing exercises can help a lot.
As for what kind of detox programs to take on, there are five categories for you to choose from:
- Smoothie detox
- Juice detox
- Sugar detox
- Fruit and vegetable detox
- Hypoallergenic detox
For the first type, you can check out the recipe below for a detox smoothie recipe that you can prepare in 5 minutes or less.