Spring..a time of renewal. A time of new beginnings, of birds singing, flowers blooming. A time to shed the heavy layers of winter clothes in favor of more skin-revealing outfits. Spring is also the perfect time for detoxing our bodies. What is detoxification and why should we do it? It’s simple really. Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from our bodies. Whenever we eat processed, fried, or any kind of junk foods, toxins build up in our bodies. Stress, pollution, using personal care and cosmetic products with unhealthy ingredients can also cause toxins to build up. When your body becomes overburdened with toxins, inflammation sets in, which leads to sickness and disease. Our bodies were designed to detox naturally via the liver, bowels, and skin. However, depending on a person’s lifestyle, some of those toxins may get “stuck” – which is why some people are chronically achy, bloated, unable to lose or gain weight, have dull, blotchy or inflamed skin and lackluster hair. Toxins sap not only your energy but affect your overall health and beauty as well.
Soooo…..how does one detox? Basically, anytime you cut back on, or eliminate the “junk” out of your diet and lifestyle, your body will detox. How fast or slow this occurs depends on how much or little you remove. There is one little caveat that I will mention up front: detoxing can be (but doesn’t have to be) quite unpleasant. If you decide that you wanted to “quick clean” your system, for instance, you may experience a variety of detox symptoms that may make you wish you had left well enough alone (this is one reason I have chosen to slowly detox my body – I’m a bit chicken of the process). Some of these symptoms may include the following:
– Skin breakouts – uh, yeah, like I need more of those!
– Bloating, stomach pains
– Food cravings
– Trouble sleeping, nightmares