WHY SHOULD I CLEANSE BEFORE GOING ON A DIET
Are you tired of the constant problems you get from your gut? Have you seen a new eating plan you wish to start immediately because you’ve seen or heard testimonies from one or two people on how it helped them and you want the same result too? No matter what your aims are, one thing you must do is cleanse your body before embarking on a new eating diet.
Why Cleanse Your Body.
Reasons you must know before you go on any sort of cleansing is what I am going to show you in this article.
First, before we get deep into the subject, let me explain to you what cleansing or detox is. Most people when they hear the word detox feel or think drug or alcohol detoxification.
What Is Cleansing
First things first. What exactly does cleansing mean?
It’s how your body gets rid of waste, if waste builds up, we get sick. The key becomes figuring out how to enhance our body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of the waste while minimizing our exposure to toxins.
What many of us do not know is toxic chemicals—from food, air, the environment—are absorbed by our bodies every day. According to the report the non-profit organization Environmental Working Group gave, the average new-born baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood.
This means the mother is exposed to at least these many toxins daily, so imagine how many you have been exposed to in your life!
The simple truth is that we are living in a sea of toxins and it is destroying our bodies and brains.
For a healthy person, the body’s detoxing system is like a well-oiled machine. But if you start having digestive issues, your doctor tells you something is up with your liver, or you feel drained constantly it means there’s a kink in the system.
Also, if you’re overweight, [toxic] environmental chemicals like pesticides and plastics are stored in your fat tissue,
As you lose weight, you need to flush out the toxins that get released from your fat tissue. Otherwise, they can poison your metabolism and impair weight loss.
How to Detox
Now that you know why detoxing is important, the next question is: How do you do it?
First: Identify what toxins you’re putting into your body. It may sound like a no-brainer, but you may be unintentionally exposing yourself to agents harming your body.
The aim is to eliminate sugar, grains, processed meat, and high mercury fish from your diet (except for grass-fed ghee and clarified butter), and anything with preservatives for 10 days. Just see how your body feels.
Instead, fill up on real, whole foods. The foundation of your diet should be high-quality fats and protein and non-starchy vegetables that don’t spike blood sugar or insulin.
These are the types of foods that detoxify your body but also reignite your metabolism, calm body-wide inflammation, crush cravings, and fill you up.
Another Way To Detox
While most people don’t associate exercise with detoxing, it’s been seen to truly be an integral part.
This helps your blood and lymphatic circulation do its job.
Also, detoxing your mind is just as important as detoxing your body, and it’s something rarely talked about.
Unarguably we know that working out can boost your happy-making hormones and help lower anxiety.
After 10 days, you’ll be ready to move off the detox and slowly start re-introducing the foods you had cut out back into your diet. That way, you can truly notice what agrees with your body—or doesn’t.
Here Are The Most Common Ways to Detox
If you want to detox there are several ways you can achieve this. These ways include total starvation fasts to simpler food modifications.
Most detox diets involve at least one of the following:
- Fasting for 1–3 days.
- Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
- Drinking only specific liquids, such as saltwater or lemon juice.
- Eliminating foods high in heavy metals, contaminants, and allergens.
- Taking supplements or herbs.
- At first run away from all allergenic foods, then slowly bring it back
- Using laxatives, colon cleanses, or enemas.
- Constant exercise.
- Eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, and processed sugars
Detox diets vary in intensity and duration.
Toxins That Are Eliminated
The process by which detox diet works is still unclear as we speak and they rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove.
In fact, there is little to no evidence that detox diets remove toxins from your body.
The most important thing is that your body is capable of cleansing itself through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat.
And in the liver-toxic substances are made harmless, which then ensures that they’re expelled away from your body
These expulsions are not complete, because the toxins tend to store in fat tissue or blood and can stay up there for a very long time
Overall, there is little evidence that detox diets help eliminate any of these compounds.
How Effective Are These Diets?
It was reported by some persons that they felt more focused after taking these diet
However, this improved well-being may simply be due to eliminating processed foods, alcohol, and other unhealthy substances from your diet.
You may also be getting vitamins and minerals that were lacking before.
Effects on Weight Loss
Ordinarily, it is claimed that it helps reduce weight gain quickly. This effect seems to be due to the loss of fluid and carb stores rather than fat. But this loss is usually not sustained over a long period of time as some cases of people regaining weight after they stop the diet has been reported.
One study in overweight Korean women examined the lemon detox diet which limits you to a mixture of organic maple or palm syrups and lemon juice for seven days.
This diet significantly reduced body weight, BMI, body fat percentage, waist-to-hip ratio, and waist circumference, markers of inflammation, insulin resistance, and circulating leptin levels
If a detox diet involves severe calorie restriction, it will most certainly cause weight loss and improvements in metabolic health — but it’s unlikely to help you keep weight off in the long term.
As you can see, a cleanse or detox is not specifically designed to help you lose weight in the long run. They merely help to wipe the slate clean and allows you to start a more structured diet or exercise program. By clearing toxins from your body, you will feel better, but you are essentially preparing your body to be a more efficient fat-burning machine.
We will be discussing different diets and how they work in future articles.
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