If you are like most people, your regular eating patterns can get disrupted during the holidays. With travel, favorite holiday dishes and desserts, days off from work or your other regular activities, your diet and activity levels can take a hit.
Now that our schedules are mostly back to “normal,” and we have a fresh start and renewed focus on our health, it can be a good time to detox. Many people typically detox at the onset of a new year or in the spring and fall, but you can detox whenever you feel the need—and most people sense when that time is. They often describe themselves as feeling:
• ready to make a new start with their health, such as beginning to lose excess weight.
• heavy and lethargic.
• that they have over-indulged.
• the need to “tune up” their bodies for general maintenance.
• ready to regain a feeling of well-being.
• the need to change some minor health aggravations.
If that’s you, then some detoxifying foods to include are greens, apples, lemons and other raw veggies and fruits; nuts and seeds; avocados; flaxseed and chia seed; sea veggies such a chlorella and spirulina as well as artichokes—all organic, of course. Additionally, if you go with a ready-made detox regimen, then it’s important to choose a detox program that is tried and true and can deliver on its benefits—including setting the stage for healthy weight management.
We suggest a detox that is an easy-to-use, whole-body herbal cleanse program complete with an easy-to-follow, satisfying diet. We also suggest a vegan, dairy free, gluten free and soy free detox that contains organic and wild-crafted herbal ingredients that are collected directly from their unspoiled natural habitats. For instance, wild-crafted plants are regulated by the Organic Food Production Act of 1991, so they are of the highest, purest quality. Purity and clean ingredients and foods are essential in a detox so that you don’t put the toxins back in.
When detoxifying, you should focus on detoxifying the liver, colon, kidneys, lymphatic system—the most crucial areas to detoxify—as well as in muscle tissues and the bloodstream. Why? Keeping the body’s detoxification organs in tip-top shape is essential for health and a healthy weight. For example, detoxifying the liver is critical, since the liver is the “chief detoxifier” of the body. However, it’s also important for overall health and weight management, since a healthily functioning liver enables a healthy functioning metabolism that properly assimilates food.
In fact, the liver is highly involved in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, in storing vitamins and minerals and in many bodily processes such as blood sugar regulation and in hormone levels—all of which impact weight. Getting rid of toxins, which can contribute to obesity, is essential—and having an optimally functioning liver helps the body detoxify properly. Unfortunately, the liver and other detoxification organs are often bogged down due to diet and lifestyle patterns.
The bottom line is that eliminating those toxins and boosting your body’s natural detoxification system is a necessary part of long-term health and weight management as well as a healthy metabolism. That’s why the highest priority of a detox program should be to support the function of the liver, the small intestine and the bowel (large intestine) to promote proper breakdown and elimination of toxins and wastes.
So, if it’s time for a detox, then go ahead and get a fresh start this new year.