We tend to have a lot of toxin build-up due to our hectic lifestyles. The food that we consume is mostly processed or have gone through some kind of chemical treatments to look or taste the way they do. These toxins require flushing out. Otherwise, they disturb the hormonal balance in the body and disrupt normal functioning. The removal of toxic substances from the body is called Detoxification.
When is it Important to Detox?
It is important to detox at least once a year, but it should be done with caution. Nursing mothers, children, and people with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer, or tuberculosis should not try detox as it may hamper their health. Consult an expert before trying a tonne of things that may not be suitable for your body. However, certain things may help you identify the need to detox. If you feel fatigued very often and notice your muscles becoming stiff, you may need to reboot your system. Other common symptoms are skin allergies, puffy eyes, bloating, menstrual problems, and constantly feeling dejected.
What happens to your Body when you Detox?
Your first aim is to get the accumulated toxic waste cleared from your system. The kind of lifestyle we currently have, we consume detectable amounts of many environmental chemicals such as pesticides, flame retardants, and tobacco smoke. Some of these are carcinogens and can completely disrupt the body’s natural hormone balance. This can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other health complications. The liver was not designed to process the industrial toxins we consume daily. Think of harmful chemicals like lead that is absorbed from pollution and paint which eventually get stuck in the bone. The toxins from plastics get stored in the body’s fat cells for years as it is difficult to break it down.
The inflammation process is checked. If you are constantly consuming food that has some kind of allergic reaction or contains lots of toxins, your immune system is always actively fighting it. That immune response in such cases is inflammation, as it produces lots of proteins or antibodies to fight off the toxins. After a while, the body gets tired, and that is when you need to take charge.
What should you Eat and Drink when Detoxing?
When you are detoxing, harmful toxins get pushed out of the system. This gives your system the required time to reboot. Some of the most common ways to detox is to avoid eating processed food, cutting down sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy products for a while. But this is not enough to completely detoxify one’s body. These only temporarily bring down the toxin levels, but for a long-term solution, one should switch to consuming hydrogen-rich alkaline water. Its antioxidant properties reduce oxidative stress and help the body heal. Drinking alkaline water yearlong will help you stay hydrated and ensure an effective toxin removal from your body.
Rejuvenate the body to keep it going. The shift from reckless habits to mindfulness is important and takes up a lot of effort. It is not as simple as drinking a glass of smoothie one day or practicing yoga once a week. So switch to consistent, healthy practises of detoxing which yields consistent results in the long run.