Detox - Cleanse and Rejuvenate Your Body
Our body naturally has detoxifying enzymes in our liver and lining our airways. One way we can boost their activity is by increasing our intake of cruciferous vegetables, known as potent inducers of our detoxifying enzymes. Increasing our consumption of fiber, which is only found in plants, is also recommended as fiber binds to toxins, such as lead and mercury, and flushes them away. Phytates, natural compounds found in the seeds of plants in other words, in all whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds have been shown to detoxify excess iron in the body, which otherwise can generate a particularly harmful kind of free radical.
While we may all benefit from decreasing our exposure to toxins and increasing the effectiveness of our body’s natural detoxifying enzymes, this may be particularly important for women as they may pass their accumulated pollutants onto their children through the placenta or breast. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, most women’s bodies in the United States are contaminated with heavy metals, toxic solvents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, fire retardants, chemicals from plastics, polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs), and banned pesticides. Pregnant women were found to harbor, on average, up to 50 different chemicals, and researchers found detectable ddt residues in 95 percent of umbilical cord samples from women who had recently given birth—and this is now decades after the pesticide was banned. Which foods seem to contribute the heaviest metals and other pollutants? The number-one identified source of arsenic was poultry among pre-schoolers and, for their parents, tuna. The top source for lead? Dairy. For mercury? Seafood.
Why do I need to detox?
Our body is constantly working to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from its various systems. Over time, the body gets run down from unhealthy food or lifestyle choices, stress and environmental toxins that are a part of modern-day life. No matter how healthy you may be, external factors still require you to give the body a chance to recharge and dispel anything that may be holding you back from experiencing superior health and long-lasting vitality. When our vital organs are placed under too much pressure and unable to work efficiently, that is when illness and disease can appear. Taking time to cleanse goes a long way in prevention, and also has immediate effects- greater energy, clearer skin, better digestion, mental clarity and so much more. A detox is your opportunity to give your body a break and allow your own self-cleansing and self-healing processes to kick into gear. Our bodies are innately intelligent and a period of cleansing is the perfect way to hit the reset button and start on a path to a healthier, happier, more vibrant you!
Will I lose weight on detox?
Everyone is different on a cleanse. You may indeed lose weight. The cleanse is intended as a healthy lifestyle transformation and not a quick weight loss fix. The weight you lose in a juice cleanse of short duration can often be water retention. If you do lose weight, continuing new healthy habits such as eating well and exercising will assist you to keep the weight off post-cleanse. One of the great benefits of cleansing is reduced food cravings which will help you to make healthier food choices after the cleanse and keep yourself looking and feeling terrific.
How long should I detox?
This is totally up to you. A 3-day cleanse is a great little re-set for your body. 5 days is great if you have the time and 7 days is also a wonderful common number of days to cleanse for. It really depends on what your goals are. A longer duration may be more helpful if you are looking for weight loss or are looking to treat or address a certain health issue. How long you cleanse for is also dependant on what type of cleanse you are undertaking a juice cleanse like we offer on our bali detox retreat is ideal for 3 or 5 days. Longer cleanses can be undertaken with a mixture of healthy liquids and also simple, easy to digest foods. Longer Ayurveda cleanses can also be undertaken with a healthy ayurvedic dish called kitchari and these cleanses can last up to 14 days. The best advice is to select a cleanse program that you feel addresses your needs and goals and offers you support along the way. It is also very important to listen to your body during a cleanse and allow this to guide you along the journey.