Throughout the history of mankind, there have been literally thousands of diet and lifestyle fads that have made claims to dramatically change your appearance and quality of life. Maybe you bought into the hCG diet. The Dr Atkins diet. The Paleo diet. The P90X or Insanity program. If you achieved any results, you might have found that as soon as the program concluded, you went back to your old habits and were back at square one.
And now, detoxing has become very popular. With all of the magic solutions that have disappointed you in the past, it’s no surprise that the you might feel skeptical about the benefits of detoxing. However, unlike dieting solutions that introduce chemicals or unsustainable methods to give you that magical result, detoxing does the opposite. The point of detoxing is to change your thought process and habits to achieve a healthier lifestyle going forward. In fact, many family practice doctors recommend detox as a solution for addiction to alcohol or drugs, ADHD and insomnia, and even as a low testosterone treatment. A few other benefits of detoxing include:
- The Ultimate Energy Booster
Do you wake up feeling exhausted, as if you didn’t sleep at all? Do you function only from one boost of caffeine to the next? If this is the case, you are a good candidate for a detox diet. By removing all the toxins that slow your mental capacities and energy levels down, you’ll experience a natural energy boost throughout your waking hours, without the downside of a sharp crash, and better sleep habits.
- Flushes Disease-causing Waste Out of Your Body
Many common diseases are result of toxins in your liver, kidneys, and colon. The greatest purpose of detoxing is to rid your body of these toxins that builds up through bad eating and lifestyle habits. By purging toxins from your vital organs, you help food move efficiently, and avoid toxins reentering your system, which is what leads to many diseases.
Additionally, as your clean organs function more efficiently, your body absorbs nutrients better, which makes you healthier. A good detox program also promotes your lymphatic system, which is an important factor in staying healthy in the long-term.
- Aids Weight Loss
Although weight loss is a great benefit of detoxing, we did not listed this first because we do not want detoxing to come off as one of the many weight loss fads that you’re probably cynical of. However, a good detox program will help you establish good eating habits that help you lose weight and keep it off. It also helps you reduce cravings for unhealthy foods like trans-fats and sugars. Not to mention, the increased energy that you experience with the detox diet gives you the ability to work out and burn more calories.
- Clearer Skin
As they say, “Garbage in, garbage out.” When your body is full of toxins, those toxins make up the components of your skin. On the other hand, once you clear all the gunk out of your system, your skin will be made of all the healthy nutrients your body is able to absorb, and have a clearer, smoother appearance.
As a sidenote, during the initial steps of detox, your skin may get worse before it gets better; this is literally the toxic build up in your system coming to the surface.
- The Tools for a Healthier Lifestyle
Your detox program may last six weeks or so, but adopting healthy habits will be something you can benefit from throughout the rest of your life. Detoxing give you the power to overcome your cravings for fried food, sweets, and caffeine; so that after your program has concluded, you don’t depend on them. Unlike every other diet fad you’ve ever seen, going through a good detox program is a great way to give yourself healthy habits and the power to stick to them!
- Improved Mental Clarity
When your body is weighed down by chemicals and toxins, you feel foggy, lethargic, and have a hard time focusing. Once you’ve purged your body of all that nastiness, and all of your organs are functioning at peak efficiency, you will notice that you have far greater mental clarity.
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