- Our skin is great at indicating when the body is overloaded with toxins
- A detox practice can improve your ability to reduce toxin outbreaks, especially on the skin
- Think of detox in phases - first elimination, then replenishing
Our skin is great at indicating when the body is overloaded with toxins. A more regular detox practice can improve your ability to fight off and reduce toxin outbreaks, especially on the skin.
There are a lot of cleansing products and detox claims out on the market - it can be overwhelming to sort through it all. The best ways to navigate the detox market is to know your own body, understand the science behind the detox, and to safely experiment while consulting with a health practitioner who can help you reach your goals.
Not all detox plans treat each body equally. For example, my mother has a regular cleansing practice which uses a variation of a lemon juice cleanse for about 7 to 10 days. This cleanse works great for her . . . but not so much for me. When I first did the same lemon juice cleanse, my body reacted differently. I share this to encourage you to find out what works best for your body.
It’s good to think about a detox as setting up stages of cleansing. The first stage is to begin eliminating so as to give your body a break from toxin overload. Starting with an elimination fast is a great place to begin. Breaking for a short while from certain inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy, grains and processed meats can kickstart your body’s natural repair system. Think of a detox as similar to the monthly shutdown factories will undergo. To ensure that manufacturing plants continue operating smoothly, regular shutdowns are scheduled for the machines and assembly lines to be turned off for deep cleaning, oiling and repairs. While I don’t usually like to make an analogy between our bodies and machines (because we are so much more complex and dynamic), it is fitting to form the picture of why we need to detox. Fasting is so great for ongoing personal maintenance because it gives your digestive system a healthy break and your toxin-fighting systems a much-needed reboot.
When you intentionally fast for a detox, your body may react by accelerating the removal of toxins from your body. While this is a very good thing, it may also mean that you might experience bouts of low energy, headaches, and perhaps even skin breakouts. But this is usually only for a short period of time. It can be your body’s way of thanking you for letting it be more efficient and productive in getting toxins out!
The second stage of detoxing is replenishing. During a detox, consider concentrating your consumption of nutrients usually lacking in your everyday diet . One way I like to do this is by increasing my intake of green superfoods such as spirulina. Another way is to add certain supplements for a brief time to assist in the detox, like chlorophyll.
Be encouraged to research and experiment with what works best for your body. Variations of fasting which you might consider include doing water only, going without meat, eliminating a group of foods, or following an herbal tea detox protocol. It is also a best practice to consult a health practitioner before making any significant changes to your diet.
Key signs to look out for once you get to the other side of the detox include increased energy, better moods, clearer skin and bright eyes. Our digestive system is like a second brain. So just like taking a mental break, our digestive tract need a break too. Give yourself one that you deserve and enjoy the lasting benefits!