Detox, the right way!
As part of the 12 Months to a Healthier You campaign, this month is all about detoxing. We are continuously bombarded with the latest juice detox fads, which usually lack any form of scientific evidence, yet we are still swayed to try them out because of the associated simplicity, and allure of the promise of a ‘quick-fix’.
Until there is substantial scientific evidence that juice fasts contribute to better health, we should avoid anything that puts the body through immense strain. Unfortunately, new trends have even taken it a step further by linking detoxing with weight loss. Keep in mind that any “weight loss” during such fixes (typically for 3 days) mostly just get rid of water weight, and the weight will just as easily return a few days after the detox is over.
Cleanses are usually low in protein, but we all need a daily supply of protein to build healthy immune cells and muscle recovery. Consequently, you do not lose fat and you do not become healthier with a juice fast.
Rather than opting for a quick fix, make lifestyle changes that last. Go for natural and organic foods that will reduce the intake amount of processed preservatives. One of the easiest ways to clean out your system and remove toxins is by drinking plenty of water. Adding lemon to warm water first thing in the morning is not only refreshing, the Vitamin C helps boost the immune system.
Detox towards a healthier you by making small changes that have an everlasting effect.
My favorite ways to detox:
- Drink more water.
- Exercise more.
- Eat more greens.
- Opt for organic foods when possible.
- Get a good and intense massage.
- Replace sugary drinks with green tea.
- Incorporate superfoods such as quinoa into your meals.
- Cut out refined sugars.
- Eliminate foods with additives and preservatives.
- Go meatless once a week.