Myth: Detoxing is a quick fix, not a long-term solution
Truth: We all know that there is no quick fix that can magically change our long-term health. However, certain practices help us build habits that can lead to long-term changes. A detox cleanse should become a gateway to a healthy, energized lifestyle.
Detox – it’s a word that causes mixed feelings. Some people swear by them while others think they are just a marketing fad. But most people believe that a detox is a quick fix and is only beneficial on a strict, short term basis. This belief stems from the notion that we live in a toxic world and it’s impossible to purge all toxins from our bodies all the time so the answer is to undertake an aggressive detox to kick start this purging method. For me this is just not true.
I’ve used detoxification methods throughout my 8 years of clinical practice and had amazing results with 95% of the people undergoing a cleanse. So let’s take a look first at the effects of a detox and why it’s so effective both short term as well as long term.
Why is detoxification so effective?
There are many benefits of detoxifying. Many of them include weight loss, increased energy, improved digestion and better mental clarity.
It is thought that toxic build up can lead to lead to a multitude of conditions. For example in the Journal of Neurotoxicology children who were exposed to high levels of mercury showed impaired cognitive function.
One of the biggest benefits of a detox is increased energy. By cutting out foods that make you feel sluggish such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables and quality protein you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a crash mid afternoon.
Typically a detox diet focuses on clean-eating which includes a diet high in fibre. This helps to reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart disease.
Moreover a survey conducted for the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine concluded that natural doctors in the US were using detoxes to help patients with gastrointestinal disorders and autoimmune disease.
What eating and lifestyle habits are helpful for long term results?
For long term results it’s a good idea to remove the foods mentioned previously: alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gluten and dairy and instead increase quality protein foods such as chicken, fish as well as vegetarian protein such as chickpeas, quinoa and lentils.
It’s important to increase fibre for long term results since fibre binds to toxins in the gut and pulls them out. It also binds to excess hormones in the body.
It’s sensible to take it easier during a detox – so not doing aggressive exercise or doing too much since your body is working hard. Instead yoga, pilates and even mediation are encouraged since they are more gentle.
How often is it recommended to do a detox to keep your body clean?
I believe that sticking to the above detox principles 80% of time is a great way to maintain optimum health. Otherwise you might want to consider doing a cleanse every quarterly.
So the long and short of it is a detox is not just for Christmas! The benefits are vast and can be enjoyed over a long period of time – not just as a short term fix.
cRosie Millen. Dip ION
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