Why do people run detoxes? What does that mean? Call it a cleanse, a detox, the names are not too enticing, and I don't think people really understand the purpose. What is the purpose? The term may even seem a bit scary. Can I do it? Will I be hungry?
So first, what is the point? Well the point is…. After reading some of my blogs, and posts, you probably realize that our health is affected by everything that we take in. We take in a lot of toxins, and things that our bodies don’t really know how to process, and shouldn’t have to process. This affects the way our bodies run, and ultimately, our health. So what is a toxin, and were do they come from?
A toxin can be anything that is foreign to our body. Anything that gets in the way, such as sugar, pesticides, preservatives, air pollution, pollen, chemicals in items that we put on our skin, even stress, etc. So we take all of these things in, and our liver is responsible for processing them and getting them out. But our liver has like 300 other jobs to do, so sometimes it needs a break.
When it doesn’t get that break, and the toxins start to build up and become too much, that is when things start to go wrong inside our bodies, causing pain, and illness, and things that doctors may not be able to explain, all the way up to chronic illness, and premature aging. Even excess hormones, like Estrogen become toxins, because one of the jobs of the liver is to filter excess hormones out of out body, but if the liver is overloaded, again, it can’t do it’s job effectively.
We can help our liver a number of ways, including a detox/cleanse, intermittent fasting, taking in less toxins, etc. A cleanse can be done any number of ways, many people when they think of a cleanse, they think of juice, and just drinking for a few days, but the truth is, there are a number of foods and spices that can actually help your liver. I too am pretty scared to have to go without food for a number of days, and feel deprived. That is totally unmotivating for me. So when I put together detoxes they are full of healthy, and satisfying food where you will not feel hungry, but these foods not only give your liver a break, but they help give you some recipes, and put you on the path to seeing what healthy eating can look like.
I am putting together a detox/cleanse, or whatever you would like to call it, I would love it if you would join me. A cleanse can help you lose weight, and even though that is a benefit, because when our bodies are working properly, a healthy weight is a side effect, and even thought weightloss can be secondary goal of doing a cleanse, the primary benefit is overall better health.
Check it out here, and please ask me quetions if you have any.
The purpose of this particular blog wasn't just to try to sell you on my detox program, but to really help you understand. And as I feel that everyone should do a quarterly detox, I'm just here to help you be your healthiest self!
Categories nutrition, healthy eating, clean eating, detox, kick the sugar, weightloss