How To Detox?
Detoxing begins with making changes to our diet and switching to a diet that helps facilitate and accelerate that detox process. The kind of diet most conducive for detoxing, is a diet that consists of eating fresh raw fruit and abstaining from the wrong kind of foods. So, naturally the question that follows is, why are fruits the best for detoxing? For starters fruits are very hydrating to the body in conjunction with their astringent properties they help pave the way for strengthening and cleansing the kidneys and lymphatic system. Both, kidneys, and lymphatic system are what help eliminate the acidic waste in your body. Getting both organs strong and healthy is the goal of any detox.
Before I get more in depth into how to go about a detox diet, I would like to talk about the function of the kidneys and lymphatic so that you have a better understanding of their function in helping the body detox itself. Let us start with the lymphatic system and lymph. The lymphatic system is an organ system in vertebrates that is part of the circulatory system and the immune system, the system is made up of a large network of vessels, lymphatic or lymphoid organs. In simpler terms, everywhere your blood circulates, there you will find the lymphatic system, they coincide. Its purpose in the body is to move lymph (clear fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells,) all through the body. In other words, any toxins or metabolic waste produced within the body, the lymphatic system is responsible for flushing it out of the blood and body. This is where the function of your kidneys come into play. All that metabolic waste and toxins must leave through a channel within your body, that channel is your kidneys (including the skin). And often, what you will find with individuals who have skin conditions like (acne, eczema, psoriasis) they may experience these skin conditions come to the surface of the skin aggressively while they are detoxing. This shouldn’t be a sign of concern, but quite the opposite because it shows that your lymphatic system and kidneys are beginning to filter, and are starting to expel waste and toxins from the body As a result of starting those processes within the body, you may experience a flu or flu like symptoms (fever, sinus drainage, sweating, etc.,) for 3 to 5 days. This should not be a cause of concern, but instead an indicator that your body is breaking down mucus, acidic waste and is beginning to cleanse itself. Depending on the individual, the detoxing experience will be different based on previous diet prior to a detox. In essence, when you trying to improve your health and begin the detox process within your body, both the lymphatic system and kidneys are critical components.
Now with all of that out of the way, let break down everything you need to know regarding a detoxing diet. You have two ways to go about a detox, one is a typical detox the other is a much more intense detox. The diet protocol for a typical detox consists of eating an 80% raw fruit and 20% raw vegetables. Liquids will consist of alkaline or spring water, fruit smoothies, tea. For a more intense detox, your diet should consist of eating 100% raw fruit, and liquids are the same as previously mentioned. Along with eating 100% raw fruit, an intense detox also consists of fasting for certain durations. I strongly recommend only doing an intense detox after doing a couple of typical detoxes. With that in mind, how should one structure this diet. Depending on your situation, whether you are a student, work, etc., you want to prep your fruit ahead of time, this will ensure you stay consistent and you stick to your diet. For instance, on the day you go grocery shopping prep your fruit to put in Tupperware. This is crucial in the beginning, especially if you find it difficult to make a change to your diet. Having your fruit prepped and ready to go to take to work, school, will make life simpler and easier to stick to your detox regimen. When it comes to knowing how many individual meals you should have through the day, it will vary from day to day based on factors like physical activity, weight, etc. What you’ll find, is that, in the beginning of your detox you may have more individual meals through the day, as you progress through the weeks of your detox regimen you’ll find yourself needing less sustenance than you originally needed. In which case, it is important to listen to your body. Everyone’s body is different, as such the amount of daily food intake will be different. As an example, for myself when I started this regimen, I originally stated out with 5 to 6 meals a day, as the weeks progressed, I found myself only needing 3 to 4 meals. Mornings I would start off with a smoothie, and all but my last meal would be fruit, the last meal of the day would be a salad. For myself, this formula worked for my body and my situation.
The last thing to consider is, how long you should stay on a detox regimen. It all depends on your commitment and health goals, the longer you stay on a detox regimen the better your state of health will be. If you started a detox with some health complications or some chronic conditions like acne, high blood pressure, overweight, etc., stay on a detox protocol until your health improves. Just like most health conditions develop from a poor diet and lack of exercise, common sense would tell you doing the opposite will pave the way to improve your health. This kind of advice often goes overlooked because our society is built on quick fixes to our problems.
I hope this information was informative and that you can apply it into your daily life to better improve your health and the health of your loved ones. If you have any questions or desire something much more personalized for your situation, feel free to schedule a consultation here.
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