Full Body Detox: What it is and When to do it

A Full Body detox is among the best ways of keeping ourselves vibrant  and healthy and includes other methods such as special diets, herbs, vitamin supplements, natural detox techniques.

An important purpose in a full body detox is to restore or replenish our energies so that we do not drag ourselves around at work or at home in an exhausted state.

When you feel so tired that you are not refreshed by a good night’s sleep that is a sure sign that we need some TLC and a detox of some sort looks like a good idea.

There are many types of detox diets and detox programmes and in this article we’ll look at the main contenders and see if what they are offering is a good fit for our needs.

A body cleanse or body detox is also a great way to give your body a boost after a period of over-indulgence by eating all the wrong foods and consuming more alcohol than is healthy.  That is why body detox is needed because many of us seem trapped in this kind of lifestyle. 

Detox is Natural

The human body has a built in detox system in every cell and every organ that removes harmful substances from the body through excretion but when we put pressure on it from our urban pollution and by eating fast foods, or perhaps drinking too much alcohol and not getting enough sleep the system is stressed and weakened.

Detoxification Centres

Spas and Detox centres and clinics established to help those who wish to detox have very different purposes.

On the one hand detox spa will be run almost as a retreat and will focus on diet and a menu of health talks, saunas, lymphatic massage and perhaps enemas.

On the other hand detox clinics run by Drug Abuse charities or Physicians who specialise in addiction will focus on handling the symptoms of withdrawal as a patient gradually adjusts to the diminishing levels of the drug in their bloodstream.

Often there is no liver support or any attempt to boost the natural ability of the body to detox. Even so such centres called themselves Detox centres.

Odd really!

A full body detox diet plan using organic raw vegetables and fresh fruits is especially important. As much of the diet as possible should be organic because otherwise you have more detox to do from the toxic sprays used on your food by the rather industrial style of farming that produces most of our food.

Todays diets, stressful lifestyles, widespread use of antibiotics or other health problems can deplete the body’s natural store of minerals, enzymes and other nutrients essential for our health.

Body detox diets vary but typically involve eating raw or minimally steamed vegetables and fruit, pulses, sprouted seeds.

Liquids would include filtered water, herb teas, soups, juices.

Detox By Exercise

Why not use the benefits of exercise to boost our detox?

Exercise increases oxygen to your system, improves circulation and drainage and raises your body temperature.

Any exercise that is well designed and safe can be followed in a Full Body Detox. Simple stretching and yoga can be a good start and walking and jogging can be added if possible.

Your exercise period can be 15 to 30 minutes a day and still have as major impact on your health. There is little to be gained from spending hours daily on badly designed exercises such as so called “Cardio” – Interval training and especially High Intensity Interval training produces much more benefit in 10 minutes than Cardio does in 45 minutes.

How to Start – Choose Your Diet

Some methods are used individually as body detox solutions while other individuals use several methods together to achieve the best possible results.

If you want to receive optimum results from your detox, you should consider taking some nutrients such as minerals and vitamin supplements for detox.

Herbal teas are an important part of most detox systems.

It is also good for keeping track of detox intervals or a detox schedule, because a body detox is not just a one time thing, for best results it can be done on a regular basis throughout the year. 

Using a healthy organic diet along with detox teas and supplements will achieve a genuine detoxification of the whole body.

But it may not achieve weight loss!

This cannot be guaranteed from a detox but is a welcome bonus when it happens. Often it is excess toxins held in our fat cells that makes slimming so difficult so a full body detox would be a superb preparation to lose weight.

The important issue is to detox in a balanced holistic way which the body can handle without stress, otherwise you may trigger a period of yo-yo dieting and weight gain!

Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, naturaldetoxblog.com is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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