Put most simply, detoxing involves giving your body a break from anything toxic, so that the body can work these toxins out of your system. The outcome of a successful and well-planned detox is that you will be likely to experience
Short Term (0-6 months)
Medium Term (6 months-3 years)
Long Term (for life)
So Why is Detoxing Necessary?
The body is constantly in a flux of detoxing, however due to the modern Western diet, our heightened daily stresses, the toxic chemicals we ingest daily, and the increase in chronic degenerative diseases the body often needs a helping hand and to be cleansed so that it can work more effectively to eradicate these toxins from the body.
Why Do So Many People Detox to Lose Weight?
Although it may seem strange - fat is actually saving your life! The body retains fats as a way to protect the vital organs in the body from the toxins that we ingest (and create through stress). It is literally a last resort, life saving action to hang on to fat. However, this should give you some indication as to how harmful these toxins must be as to retain fat as a defence mechanism the body must be fairly desperate - as we all know - excess fat leads to a whole host of other degenerative conditions and diseases!
So when we detox and cleanse the body of toxins, we give the body a chance to repair and strengthen itself - and when the toxins disappear, guess what happens to the protective layer of fat...yes, that disappears too!
What Does a Detox Do?
A cleanse or detox helps to strengthen the organs that the body uses to flush toxins from the body on a daily basis. These include the skin, the lymphatic system, the intestines, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
These toxins could invade the body from a variety of sources including the environment, foods, drinks, stressful lifestyle (for instance alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, heavy metals, food additives, oral contraceptives, and drugs).
Detoxing works because it gives your body a break from the toxic excesses that modern life creates. By removing the body's necessity to burn energy digesting heavy, sugar and fat-laden meals and snacks that are difficult to digest and metabolise, and which play havoc with blood sugar, your energy is released to cleanse and regenerate your body's tissues and vital organs.
Side-effects of Detoxing
Your body cleans itself 24/7 taking harmful toxins into the liver and other organs. These elimination organs process the toxins, render them harmless and flush them out in the urine.
However, as most humans think they can eat everything which doesn't immediately kill them, they tend to put more in than the body can take out. the body has to store these toxins in the organs and fat cells. When you then reduce the amount of toxins going in, your body takes advantage of this and releases the stored toxins to allow them to be processed, rendered harmless and flushed from your body.
As the toxins are released, they can give out one last cry. It is like your body "tastes" the addictive toxin and wants more. As that moment, you may feel cravings or any of the detox side effects listed below.
Usually after the third day, the side effects ease off, and you have a smoother ride from then on.
When you start to detox, you may notice several physical symptoms such as those listed below. At the same time you will feel increased energy, alertness and stamina. It can be a disorienting time because your emotions will also detox. Whenever possible, sit back and enjoy the process. Remember you can always control the speed of your detox, and you're not in competition with anyone else.
On a long term detox you will occasionally notice detox symptoms. they come in waves and might make you feel a bit down of achy for a few days, but once they've passed you feel better than you did before they happened. This is your body making a very good job of deep cleaning itself.
Here are some short term side effects that you might experience:
Detox by changing the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat!