Is the price of modern living getting to you? Do you feel tired, run-down or even sick? Then maybe a detox routine is just the thing you need to start feeling refreshed and healthy again.
In a world where were surrounded by chemicals and toxins, taking the time out to cleanse our bodies can have a profound effect on how we feel, both physically and mentally.
Toxins surround us. They can be found in our environment in the air that we breathe and the chemicals we use in our homes. Theyre also in the foods that we eat. After all, weve all picked up fatty fast food after a long day at work! Even if we cook at home, our food is filled with additives and preservatives salt, sugar and saturated fats.
So why should we try and clear this overload? Well, excess toxins can cause lethargy, allergies, constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and even cancer, just to name a few nasty things.
Detoxing isnt necessarily about buying a kit from the pharmacy or depriving yourself of everything except water and vegetables. Its about giving your body, especially your liver, a break from working so hard to process everything that goes into it.
When starting a detox program, its important to prepare yourself mentally and physically as it can be a hard road ahead. Its also a good idea to see a doctor, just to make sure that there are no underlying medical causes for your symptoms.
Get your family involved in your detox or find a friend whos willing to go through the process with you. Knowing youre not alone can make a huge difference.
When detoxing, try to cut out coffee, strong tea, soft drink and alcohol. Herbal teas, and juices diluted with some water, are a much healthier choice. Aim to drink two litres of water a day to help your system flush out all the nasties.
A good tip to get your metabolism started in the morning is to drink some warm water with lemon juice. This is great for kick-starting your liver!
Eat only natural, whole foods. Ditch the white bread and fast foods and focus on eating whole grains and organic vegies.
Organic vegies have heaps more nutrients and taste so much better, so the additional price is more than worth it. Plus you have the peace of mind of knowing that the food you eat hasnt been treated with any nasty chemicals.
Even if youre a couch potato by nature, try and get some daily exercise. You dont have to be a fitness freak a walk around your local area is more than good enough to get your blood flowing and to release endorphins, our natural feel happy chemicals.
Lastly, give your environment a thorough spring-clean. Getting rid of all the clutter in your home or at your office will make you feel more comfortable and help to recharge your energy levels.
Remember to enjoy the journey! It may seem tough at first, but once youve flushed all the toxins away, youll be feeling so much happier and healthier.