The idea of a detox has always been appealing to me because it brings the idea of a cleanse to my body, and these little acts of self-care feel good indeed! I like detox every season, and the New Year’s vibe motivates me to start on the right foot with a winter cleanse. There are many types of detox styles and I know the idea is not appealing to everyone, but regardless how you feel about this, did you ever wonder if you actually need a detox? Here are 9 signs that you might need and benefit form a cleanse:
- Fluid retention
- Excess weight In your belly
- Lack of energy
- Digestive issues such as bloating and discomfort
- Skin issues (rashes, itching, acne)
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
If any of these are familiar to you, yes you might need a detox. But don’t worry, you are not alone.
We live in a world that we are constantly exposed to toxins, chemicals in the environment, from the air we breathe to the cosmetics and cleaning products we use, pesticides in food and so on. Even we we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we are still exposed, our body can always benefit from a cleanse a couple of times a year.
A detox can give your body a break from toxic overload, and allow time to heal, boosting your natural elimination and detoxification processes. At the end you gain more energy, clarity and shed some lingering extra pounds.
Now, what sort of detox should you do? There are many out there, and although some of them might help you to lose weight, they might deplete your health at the end, I’m not a big fan of these methods. For example, just last week I found a program in a gym close to where I live promising to shed 20lbs in 6 weeks. When I looked close to the program, it was so restrictive that you could eat only few options of green veggies along with very few sources of carbs and protein, the program was not far from eating only grilled chicken with brussels sprouts for 6 weeks. This is way too restrictive, specially on the veggie side of things. I don’t get tired to reinforce how eating a colorful meal is so important to make sure you are having a healthy intake of micronutrients and phytonutrients, so a detox like that depletes your body of nutrients, at the end you might find yourself cranky and with a broken metabolism instead of full of vitality.
Beware of the programs you chose, what they offer and for how long, check with your doctor and seek for professional support for your detox. As a general rule, I would consider these tips below for a good detox program:
- Eat real food, simple food. Avoid all sort of processed foods, if isn’t made by nature, don’t eat it
- Eat lots of colorful veggies. Veggie soups are a good way to increase your consumption and feels good for a winter detox. While the fiber helps eliminations by stools, it feeds your good gut bacteria. The different colors in your veggies support different body functions, for example reds support good heart health and purple is good for the memory. It doesn’t matter what style of diet your chose, if it’s vegan or paleo, either way the veggies should be the bulk of your diet.
- Avoid sugar and alcohol, they overload and deplete your body. Focus on nourishing.
- Have a break of gluten, dairy and soy for awhile.
- Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.
Remember that on the first few days of a cleanse, especially around the 3rd day, you may feel tired and even have symptoms like headaches, often nothing to worry about, it’s likely your body adjusting. Take it easy and be kind with your body, remember that
you do a detox as an act of self-care and love towards yourself, never to punish your body.
Rest when you can and do only gentle exercises like walking, yoga or a light swimming, until your body picks up again and energy is boosting. Taking a bath with Epsom salts and having a massage or dry skin brushing are detox aids that can help you feel better and boost the cleansing process.
I’m ready for mine, are you? Remember you are not alone, get in touch with me if you need help to do a detox that will nourish you and boost your vitality!