Detox is big news these days, with celebrity-pushed juicing fasts, complex detox plans, and numerous cleansing products, books, and brochures swearing they provide the simplest, most effective way to reach all your cleansing goals.
However, recent research has found that the health dangers of environmental toxins and age-quickening chemicals are all around us in today’s modern world. Crippling and even fatal health maladies like cancer, heart failure, autoimmunity, dementia, diabetes, autism, and others have already assumed a connection with too-many toxins.
In fact, it’s even understood now whether someone’s innate detoxification capabilities are hindered because of genetic expression—as well as how to fix this unfortunate genetic disadvantage with proper nutrients and lifestyle habits.
But the safest and most effective ways to detox and get rid of hidden pollutants from the body is a trickier proposition.
Preventing Detox Pitfalls
Even the most well-intentioned detox plan can be wrecked by some frequent pitfalls. Below are three you should particularly watch out for:
Dehydration is actually quite common during detox (even when you’re under the impression you’ve had enough to drink). Symptoms could include constipation, lethargy, headaches, and general unease. To avoid this common pitfall, make sure to drink as many as three quarts of filtered water daily, along with herbal teas and low-sodium vegetable broths.
2. Nutrient Deprivation
Many detoxers promote fasting and extreme diets, but in all reality, the body needs lots of quality nutrition and energy support as you cleanse your system. Don’t cut calories- emphasize nutrient-dense foods instead. Go with sprouted legumes and grains, vegetables, healthy fats(think avocado, chia seeds, coconut, and flax), raw nuts and seeds, lean protein like turkey and fish, and superfoods like raw cacao or açaí berry.
3. Sugar Cravings
Even when you assume you’ve finally kicked the sugar habit, occasionally you might start craving sugar all over again—especially when your body is tired or stressed. To prevent yourself from sugar cravings during your detox, you should have nutrients nearby that can help you withstand cravings for unhealthy, sweetened food options. Try eating foods with things like like chromium, L-glutamine, and herbs like gymnema leaf and cinnamon. These can all help balance your blood sugar levels while lowering cravings for sugars as well as another gut-grower, carbs.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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