A number of cultures and civilizations have been using detoxification for centuries to cleanse and renew the body. If you’re considering a detox, there are a few important things to consider before you make this major dietary change. If you go about detoxification in the healthiest way, you’ll experience several benefits, such as increased vitality, mental clarity, and weight loss.
Change Your Diet Gradually
It’s very important that you don’t put your body into shock by going from eating two or three full meals a day to drinking a gallon of fruit and vegetable juice as your food for the day. Your body could go into shock, and you could experience fatigue, headaches, and mood swings. This, of course, is counterproductive to the goals you’re trying to reach by detoxing.
Instead, prepare your body for the upcoming changes by adding more whole foods into your diet – begin preparation about two weeks before starting your detox. Eat fresh fruit for a snack instead of a candy bar. Add an extra vegetable to your dinner each night. Increase your water intake by replacing your juice or soda with water that has been flavored with fruit. These gradual changes will make detoxing much easier, and you’ll start to feel the positive effects of rejuvenation and heightened mood before the detox is over.
Wean Yourself from Caffeine
If you’ve been having a cup of coffee every morning for years it’s not wise to suddenly deprive your body of caffeine. Slowly reduce the caffeine in your diet little by little until the day you start your detox diet. Instead of regular coffee, drink decaf. If you prefer green tea, try teas that have less caffeine in them, like raspberry leaf or chai. Drinking herbal teas the contain ginger and yerba mate can provide you with the energy you need while cleansing the body of toxins and boosting the metabolism.
A detox will work best when your mind and body are at ease and you’re prepared for this temporary diet change. Take a few minutes each day for meditation, and write down the goals you hope to accomplish by detoxing. It’s also a good idea to book an appointment for a professional massage a day or two before your detox, and to get massages throughout your detox. This keeps your muscles limber and can strengthen your digestive system. Adding a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or chamomile to your bathwater in the evenings can make for more restful sleep and can reduce headaches.
Even though relaxation is important, it’s also essential that you stay active before and during your detox. This will help prevent fatigue. However, since you’ll be consuming considerably less, remember not to overdo it. Weight training and yoga are among the best exercises to engage in when you’re detoxing, and you could start to notice more tone and definition in your muscles in a week or two.
Keeping these practical tips in mind will make detoxing a rewarding experience. You’ll be renewing your organs, and may even find that your cravings for sugar and simple carbohydrates are reduced after detoxing. Here’s to your health!