Why You Need a Detox
Holidays come with a lot of bad feeding for most people. Christmas is one such time for the many people around the world who celebrate it.
Majority of people think of detox as an unbearable thing to do, however, it does not have to be that way.
Detoxification simply refers to cleansing of the body to remove unwanted toxins and in this case, because of excessive consumption of junk, refined and processed foods.
Before starting a detox plan after a holiday or vacation, here are some few tips to guide you:
- You need to drop some foods when starting your detox program; these include unhealthy carbohydrates, white flour, white breads and white sugar intake.
- Stop adding salt to already cooked food and avoid adding sauces or condiments to food.
- Eat fruits when you have cravings for sweet foods or snacks.
- Prepare food yourself instead of eating in restaurants and prepare your food in advance to avoid having to opt for more convenient options like ordering fast foods such as pizza, burgers and fries. When preparing your meals, avoid using toxic oils like vegetable and sunflower oils, and instead, use good oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut and avocado oil.
- Eat more legumes and less meat, fish and poultry.
- Take more water and water rich fruits like raspberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon.
How to Detox
There are so many products in the market that are said to help in detoxification, however, the best and most important way to detox is through a healthy diet; whereby healthy does not have to be boring.
The following are the dos and don’ts of a healthy detox diet:
Start every day with a glass of water and through out the day focus on taking at least 8 cups of water because water is not just essential for survival, but it is very important in the removal of unwanted toxins from the body.
Take herbal teas like green tea, peppermint and dandelion tea because teas are great for hydrating the body and are full of antioxidants that are good for detoxing. However, stay away from coffee because the caffeine in it, unlike the one in tea, will only give you sugar and carbs cravings all day.
Ensure that you eat 3 meals a day without skipping, especially breakfast. Eat lunch 4 hours after breakfast, a snack at around 4 in the afternoon and dinner between 6-7.
You can also practice intermittent fasting; instead of having food, take fruits and vegetables only, for a day or two.
Eat nutrient-dense foods that are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Ensure you also eat high-fibre foods. Vegetables like kales, spinach and broccoli are good sources of fibre. Nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax seeds are also a good source of fibre and can be good for snacks instead of snacking on junk.
You should also incorporate vegetable and fruit juices or smoothies into your diet. Add proteins to your diet, for example, you can have a vegetable omelette.
Detoxification does not mean that you completely stay away from proteins.
Start your day with exercise because it not only helps with blood circulation but also enhances digestion which is very important when detoxing.
Sleep disturbances are to a great extent associated with weight problems because lack of enough sleep can make it hard to detox as you might not be able to do your exercises effectively.
Stress can make it quite difficult to detox because when stressed, your body releases hormones like ghrelin which make you feel hungry even when you do not need to eat.
Like weight loss and other things that require dieting, discipline is key. It will help you remain focused by denying yourself the foods or snacks that make it difficult to detox.
If that is very difficult for you, you can also keep away the temptations by stocking your house with healthy foods like yoghurt and berries, fruits, vegetables and snacks which will help you have an easier time avoiding unhealthy foods that will not contribute positively to your detox plan.