DETOX - Part 1

Over the next few posts, I’m going to be sharing some tips for detoxification. In the last few years, juice cleanses, fasting, and detox programs have become more mainstream. I used to think they were completely unnecessary. Then, I learned more about them, the different kinds of detoxification programs, and why it’s important that we detox, and now I believe they’re part of a healthy path to wellness.

Let’s begin by defining detoxing.

Some say it’s a process of eliminating, transforming, and neutralizing toxins in the body, as well as ridding it of excess mucus and congestion. Others define it as a systematic approach to helping the body remove toxins stored in fat, tissues, and organs.

What’s interesting is that detoxing is not limited to the physical body. The mind and spirit can both benefit from detoxification program as well.

Here are a few signs that may indicate the need for detoxification:

  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Congestion
  • Achy, swollen joints
  • Digestive troubles
  • Cellulite
  • Unstable mood
  • Skin problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction

Sometimes, you will be able to tell that you need to cleanse based on how you feel. Otherwise, it can be beneficial to detox on a consistent basis in addition to a detoxification program during the spring and fall. It may also be helpful to cleanse for life events such as pre-pregnancy, post-breastfeeding, post-surgery, and post-illness.

In addition to the warning sings listed above that our bodies put us through to show us we’re running sub-par, there are other reasons for why detoxing can be beneficial.

Here are a few reasons why to detox:

  • Increase motivation, energy, and creativity
  • Feel more relaxed
  • Prevent disease
  • Give the organs and body systems a rest
  • Drug addiction
  • Enhance the senses
  • Slow aging
  • Improve fertility
  • Clear the skin

There are toxins all around us. They exist in our food, the air, water, our home, and from electronics. In the next post, we’ll discuss how to support the body, mind, and spirit during detoxification and what to avoid. Until then, try bringing more awareness to how your body really feels. Do you notice the signs and symptoms listed above? Do you think it’s time to cleanse your mind, body, or spirit?

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Author Becky Litwicki