How To Detox and Rejuvenate Your Body
Detox therapies and cleansing regimes have become very popular over the last couple of decades. Millions of people every year set aside a period to essentially reset their biological buttons and, hopefully, feel a lot better.
Here we look at what detox is, how it works and what is the best way to give the human body a boost.
What is a Detox?
The central premise of a detox is that it removes toxins from the body. There are many different regimes out there that promise to get rid of various pollutants, heavy metals, alcohol, drugs and processed food types that affect health.
Detox therapies aim to deliver better wellbeing, more energy and are often used to kickstart a new health regime. People often use them as a weight-loss mechanism and, in more recent years, the term has become associated with going on a health kick to reboot the system.
How Does a Detox Work?
Detox solutions are extremely varied and there are many different types online. There are fasting and juicing regimes as well as herbal treatments that all purport to deliver rapid, life-changing benefits.
- In many cases, detox regimes involve eliminating certain food groups, giving the digestive system a break.
- In some cases, solid foods are replaced by teas and drinks with ingredients like cayenne pepper in them.
- Some regimes use laxatives and diuretics.
Detox can last a few days or even up to a month. During this time, the body is said to have a chance to recover or recharge itself.
Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body
There are simple changes any individual can make to their lifestyle to boost health and deliver the benefits that detoxing often promises to achieve. These are generally easier to maintain and include:
Getting Quality Sleep
Sleep has some remarkable healing qualities and can make a huge difference to energy levels and our overall sense of wellbeing. Not only does it allow the brain to recharge but the body chooses this time to remove unwanted toxins.
Poor sleep is associated with several physical and mental health issues including anxiety and depression, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Drinking More Water
Men should be drinking 3.7 litres a day and women 2.7 litres, according to current guidelines. Considering that it makes up around 70% of the human body, lack of water and dehydration issues can have a big impact on everything from the operation of individual cells to large organs such as the liver and kidneys.
Staying hydrated helps maintain energy levels, aid digestion, allows toxins to be removed and plays a role in cognition and mental alertness.
Limiting Alcohol Intake
It’s not what people take into their bodies when it comes to detoxing but what is left out. Consuming too much alcohol can have a significant impact on organs such as the liver and kidneys, it disrupts sleep and often means we make unhealthy food choices.
Reducing the Consumption of Sugar and Processed Foods
Modern diets are full of high levels of sugar and processed foods. A lot of this has very little healthy nutritional value and can lead to obesity and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Consuming less low-quality food of this type will allow the body’s natural repair mechanism and detox system to work better. Swapping processed foods for fresh ingredients, for example, can make an immediate difference to energy levels and sense of wellbeing.
Reducing Salt Intake
Many processed foods also contain high levels of salt which can mean our bodies retain too much water which makes us feel bloated and can have an impact on blood pressure. Adding foods rich in potassium (which counterbalances sodium) can also help people manage salt intake more effectively.
Be More Active
Finally, as with any health and wellbeing regime, taking more exercise is essential. Guidelines suggest that at least 150 minutes of moderate activity should be undertaken each week. This helps reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer.