With the increased demand for healthier lifestyle methods, many approaches have started or increased in popularity. But body detoxing has stayed true to its importance for centuries. Though it’s transformed with modern knowledge, the purpose of a body detox hasn’t changed.
In order to maintain health and vitality, detoxing will remove environmental and consumed toxins such as pesticides, pollutants, chemicals, and drug remnants from our metabolic systems.
How do you know if you are toxic and need to cleanse?
There are dozens of symptoms that point to a toxic body in need of purifying.
If you have any of the following issues and especially if your doctor can’t seem to make a diagnosis around them, consider detoxing your body if you notice:
- imbalanced hormones
- excessive skin problems such as acne or eczema
- inflammatory issues such as asthma or heart disease
- regular fatigue
- excessive body odor
- food/ chemical sensitivities.
How to prepare for a cleanse
Preparing is vital to a successful cleanse of your body. Jumping right into a purging of the toxins can intensify or create new issues in your body. The best way to prepare for a cleanse is to slowly wean off the indulgences that regularly add toxins into your body.
A few days before starting your cleanse, reduce intake of meat and dairy products (which can contain hormones and bacteria), alcohol, sugars, and coffee.
Instead, give your body more healthy options such as fruit and vegetables, and increase your water intake beyond the normal standard.
How long should a cleanse last?
The length of a cleanse is dependent on your goal for the cleanse. If you are planning on a quick clean out half a dozen times each year, than your cleanse should last 7 or so days.
If, however, you are trying to jump start a lifestyle change, the recommended length is 2 weeks. This extended cleanse will not only clean out your organs, but will stock your body with vitamins and minerals it needs and help you create healthy habits.