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Today, we are exposed to a huge number of toxins and unnatural substances which invade our bodies, ranging from unhealthy substances in our foods to pesticides. For this reason, holistic detoxes are essential to remove toxins from our bodies. Shifting to a primarily plant-based diet can help you clean up your diet and detox from all the toxic substances present in food. For optimal results, a detox should be done at least once a year; our simple tips can help you detox your body naturally and regain control of your eating habits. If you’re looking for a complete and definitive change in lifestyle, or for a way to consolidate your eating habits, look for a detoxing retreat such as the Detox and Reset Yoga Retreat.
Start the Day With Lemon Water
Drinking a tall glass of water with lemon juice in the morning is a powerful detoxing aid. Lemon rehydrates the body and promotes digestion, helping the body rid itself of toxins.
Do a Juice Fast Once a Week
A fresh home-made juice gives your digestive system a break and provides your body with an incredible amount of important nutrients. By juicing once a week, your body can focus its energy on detoxifying and healing itself while getting all the nutrients it needs. For optimal nutrition, aim to juice vegetables as well as fruits, as fruits tend to contain too much sugar and need to be balanced by vegetables such as kale, carrots, spinach or celery. All you need is a juicer and fresh, organic produce.
Avoid Eating Animal Products
Going plant-based helps reduce the risk of heart disease while aiding weight loss and improving energy levels. A plant based diet is naturally free of highly processed foods such as meat and cheese and therefore helps reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation, linked to the consumption of animal products, has been linked to the development of a number of very serious diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and arteriosclerosis. Plant-based diets, on the other hands, are highly anti-inflammatory as they are rich in antioxidants, fiber and other important nutrients. Plant-based diets have also been shown to lower cholesterol, as they are very low in saturated fat and high in fiber.
Consume Natural Organic Products
Avoiding foods that contain toxins is the best way to detox; switching to natural and organic products will naturally help you cut down on toxins. Our bodies are not designed to consume pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and too much animal protein. The more we reduce intake of these environmental toxins, the more efficiently the body can break down the toxins that have already accumulated or that are produced by the body itself.
The Side Effects of Detoxing and How to Fight Them
Detoxing can have a number of side effects, such as nausea, body aches and a sore throat. Such symptoms are simply healing reactions to the detoxing process, and usually go away within a matter of days. For this reason, it is best to detox during days where you can get plenty of rest and relaxation.
There are, however, a series of natural remedies which you can use to fight nausea and sore throat symptoms.
Ginger or peppermint are excellent remedies against nausea; ginger in particular has been used for many years to treat a variety of digestive issues. They can be taken as ginger or peppermint tea, or also use essential oils for aromatherapy. For a quick relief while you’re on the go, consider aromatherapy rollerballs, which you can carry with you everywhere.
To relieve a sore throat, try gargling with lukewarm water mixed with salt and, if possible, turmeric powder. Honey is another excellent natural remedy: it is known for its natural antibacterial properties and can quickly heal inflamed tissues. Adding honey to a cup of herbal tea or lemon juice in hot water can help you quickly heal a sore throat.
While side effects are common, they do not outweigh the benefits of detoxing and are rather mild, usually clearing up in a matter of days. The detox process isn’t simple but it is particularly rewarding; it will help you eliminate toxin accumulation, eat healthy and feel great.
According to Eating Disorder Hope, eating disorders are affecting our lives on a daily basis, with 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. suffering from an eating disorder at any given time. With particular reference to overeating, Eating Disorder Hope confirms that 2.8% of adults in the U.S. suffer from a binge eating disorder and just 43% of them try to get treatment.
Obsessed as we are with our weight, we might be inclined to believe that there’s nothing to worry about if our body mass index (BMI) is healthy. However, a reading of body mass index on its own isn’t enough to be taken as a solid indication of good health. Overeaters who also suffer from bulimia, for example, manage to keep their weight on a par with their height. But they cannot be considered healthy just because they’re not overweight.
Why do we overeat?
An interesting article published recently by CNN considers the notion that food is the new tobacco, with food advertisements replacing the evils of tobacco advertisements from more than 50 years ago. The tactics used in these advertisements fuel the argument that there are physiological, psychological, emotional, cultural and social reasons for why we overeat.
When we don’t eat regularly – at least every three or four hours – our bodies become stressed. By the time we do eat, we’re so hungry that we can’t stop eating. The portions we consume are far beyond what is really necessary and we eat so fast that our bodies don’t have the time to enjoy the experience, thus the trigger that sets the digestive process in motion, telling our brain that we are full, is delayed. This is why we end up eating more than we need to and why at the end of the meal we feel so full that we’re actually uncomfortable.
Psychological and Emotional
Some of us eat when we’re bored, when we’re trying to put off doing another task and when we’re stressed, angry or frustrated. Emotional ties can become difficult to break when we start turning to food for comfort. When we feel sad or lonely, we eat, using our stomachs to make ourselves feel better.
Cultural and Social
At Christmas, and during other celebratory periods, we give ourselves free license to eat as much as we want as a way of celebrating. We ignore our bodies when they tell us we are full because… well, it’s Christmas! When we’re offered more food at someone’s house, we sometimes feel the social pressure of having to accept, even if we’re no longer hungry, for fear of causing offense.
How can we combat the issue?
As with most things in life, solutions that offer a holistic approach to dealing with the problems we face are always the most effective. If we are strong in body, mind and soul, we will be better equipped at keeping our overeating tendencies at bay.
It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do, regular is what makes the difference. Go out for a walk, sign up to the gym, practice yoga. Whatever you choose to do, the key lies in being consistent. Just also be aware of the tendency to overeat after your workout too.
Balance your diet
Eating healthily doesn’t mean giving up on enjoying your food. A classic mistake is to go on a diet that doesn’t allow you to eat any of the things you like, thus making you crave what you can’t have. The best idea in the long term is to make sure your daily diet includes a little of everything; meaning you can’t stay on your “refined carbs and sugar only” diet, but you can enjoy a few fries every now and then. Just make sure your daily food intake is a thorough balance of all minerals and nutrients.
Reduce stress levels
Slow down, take time out to do things you enjoy, travel, relax and, most importantly, make sure you get plenty of sleep. Sometimes we even overeat just because we’re tired.
Open your heart
Many people overeat as a way of dealing with emotional traumas. One of the best ways of rectifying an unhealthy relationship with food is to open your heart to the love that surrounds you. Even if you find it hard to socialize with family and friends, you can start taking care of a pet. Animals are known for their unconditional, limitless supply of love, turning into excellent companions who help us to see that food isn’t the only option available to us.