In today’s world, many of us are often on the go. We rush to and from work, to pick up our kids and to run our errands. This does not leave too much time to worry about eating correctly and taking care of our bodies. We tend to grab fast food on the go, or unfreeze a microwavable meal for dinner. However, not eating right will usually catch up to us sooner or later, with noticeable effects on the body and the mind. If that happens, a great solution is to try a natural detox. How do you know if you need one?
11 Signs You Need a Natural Detox
- You’re always tired, and sleeping more doesn’t help
- You can’t lose weight
- Your tongue is white or yellow-coated and/or you have bad breath
- Your sinuses are congested
- You have constant cravings and/or blood sugar issues
- You keep getting sick
- You overheating often or have excessive sweat
- You develop skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea
- Fatigue unrelieved by more sleep, especially in the morning
- You’re moody
- You suffer from insomnia – especially early morning awakenings such as 1-4 a.m.
If you’re suffering from 4 or more of these symptoms, it’s probably time for a detox…
You are what you eat
Have you ever heard the expression, “you are what you eat?” Everything you put into your body has an effect on your appearance, mood and immunity. Food, drinks and alcohol congest your liver and causes negative side effects listed above, as well as others. The best solution to heal your liver quickly and effectively is to do a natural detox. It is recommended to do a detox at least once every year. Here’s an example of a 7-day liquid detox retreat in the Bahamas. Here another example that combines Yoga and detox, this time in India.
What is a Natural Detox?
A natural detox is a process of ridding your body of toxins from your everyday lifestyle. From the Chinese to Ayurvedic followers, detoxifications have been used all around the world for hundreds of years. A proper natural detox will help organs clean themselves out through fasting and then improve the function of the liver, kidneys, skin and intestines by cleaning and improving the circulation of the blood.
How Do You Prepare for a Natural Detox?
When preparing to rid your body of toxins, start by eliminating unhealthy foods and patterns from your life. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol, and cut out sugar, saturated fats, and caffeine from your diet. Energize your body by starting an exercise regimen, preferably something outside so you can breathe fresh air.
What are the Best Natural Detoxes?
There are many natural detoxes out there. The easiest way to do a detox is to let professionals guide you on what to eat and drink. RetreatNetwork.com (vent/tdsw-detox-and-rejuvenate-holiday/) can organize a transformative yoga, cleansing and detox retreat for you while you enjoy a relaxing holiday in Costa Rica. You can come back to work feeling refreshed, re-energized and relaxed.
Doing it yourself
If you would like to do a natural detox by yourself, this is the three–step plan you should follow:
Step 1 – Juice Detox
Raw fruit and vegetables contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients for our bodies and minds. Going on a juice detox for three days will force you to eliminate all other toxins and will speed up your metabolism, promoting weight loss. Consume about 32 to 96 ounces of juice, making sure half of the ingredients are green vegetables. Some popular ingredients for a juice cleanse are leafy greens, like kale, spinach and broccoli; beets; apples; carrots; and cabbage. Follow each juice with a warm glass of water with lemon, which is believed to help remove toxins.
Step 2 – Food Detox
After you have completed the juice detox, you need to start reintroducing solids into your diet. Remember to do this slowly and carefully, as the first few meals will possibly make you feel uncomfortable after consuming only juice. Start with homemade organic soup broths, salads without heavy dressing, yogurt, oatmeal and eggs. These foods will be gentle on your stomach, while not adding any other toxins into your body.
Step 3 – Exercise Detox
Exercising is good for your body and mind as it promotes strength training, helps you lose weight, and creates endorphins, which lead you to feel happy. Another great benefit of exercise is sweat, which also releases toxins from your body. A great combination to try is exercise and sauna, which will detox your body.
A natural detox is necessary to cleanse the body and the mind, and promote a healthy physical and mental well-being. Although detoxes are great to do annually, you should remember to live a healthy lifestyle every day, continuing you avoid consuming harmful chemicals, exercising and taking time to relax.