Hope you enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday and made it a GREAT CHEAT DAY! I sure did with 3-Bean Chili, 7-layer dip with chips and a few oatmeal raisin cookies. Had a few wine coolers too! But Monday was back to business. For many, it meant detoxifying the body with a body cleanse. This can be a great option to flush out toxins and clear your system.
What are some indicators that you could benefit from detoxification?
- Is your urine a dark color?
- Do you suffer from different skin conditions such as rashes and acne?
- Do you have irregular bowel movements?
- Do you have unexplained body odor?
- Do you have chronic bad breath?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it could be an indicator for a more serious health condition that should be checked by a doctor. However, these are also very good indicators that your body may be taking in more toxins than it is able to eliminate effectively. In that instance, you could benefit from a detoxification cleanse.
What type of cleanse is right for you?
There are many specific cleanses on the market today. In fact, you may already be familiar with Dr. Oz who offers a variety of detox cleanses in support of your specific goals.
There are also other popular cleanses that can be beneficial as well including:
Fasting. This is probably the most common and convenient. This type of cleanse involves solely drinking water for a short period of time. Essentially, you are providing your body a complete break from food to allow it to remove built-up toxins in your system.
Juice fasting entails solely drinking fruits and vegetables allowing for the consumption of essential nutrients and calories.
“Master cleanse.” This cleanse, made famous by celebrities, involves drinking a cocktail of water, lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a period of 3-10 days. Many have touted the benefits of this particular cleanse. It is just important to be mindful that, similar with water fasting, it is creating a nutritional deficit. Therefore, it may not be the type of fast to be conducted over a long period of time.
Generally, you should always consult with your healthcare practitioner to ensure that these types of cleanses are right for your specific health goals.
If a specific cleanse is not for you, there are many ways to detox your body through healthy eating and drinking. Many of these may already be incorporated in your health and fitness regimen.
Replace one meal with a green smoothie in your daily diet. This is a great way to rev up your digestive system and maintain essential nutritional elements in your system unlike water fasting and the “master cleanse.” It helps to boost your metabolism as well. Here is the basic recipe for you to add into your blender:
- 1 cup (firmly packed) kale, spinach, or collard greens
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- Add water to the desired consistency
Drink plenty of water. The recommendation is to drink eight 8 oz glasses each day. Water intake can be accomplished through eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content (cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes) as well.
Eat more superfoods. These foods have amazing health benefits and facilitate the cleansing process. CLICK HERE for 52 of the Healthiest Superfoods.
Eat organic produce. Many grocery stores regularly carry organic produce for consumers. It does tend to be a bit more expensive, but consider the health advantages that are priceless. Organic produce uses less hormones and antibiotics and is generally free of fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, you are essentially not introducing these toxins into your system thus limiting its exposure to harmful chemicals.
Incorporate more fiber. Eating more fiber is an effective way to improve your digestive health. Fiber acts as a natural cleanser in helping the body to eliminate waste.
Avoid/Restrict alcohol and caffeine. Long-term, both of these beverages contain toxins that can negatively impact the proper functioning of the liver and kidneys and the body’s ability to naturally cleanse itself.
Eat wholegrain foods and complex carbs. These foods contain more essential nutrients and vitamins, which are better for the body than simple carbohydrates. They are also devoid of preservatives that can build up in your system over time. A diet incorporating whole grains and complex carbs will benefit your digestive system and help to cleanse the body of toxins.
The decision to utilize a specific cleanse or cleanse through healthy eating and drinking is up to you. The goal is to develop a cleaner and healthier you that will sustain over time.
– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2016 Nichole Michele