Debunking The Worst Of The Detox Myths
Spring is here, and new beginnings remind me of cleansing. A great way to supercharge the season is to detox.
During springtime, you are filled with inspiration and have energy to achieve these goals. You’re more active, creative, and more apt to stick to your routines.
Once you experience a detox that incorporates whole foods and daily activities that support your body, there isn’t anything in the world that can compare to the feeling you'll have when it's finished. You may eliminate your cravings, lose weight, reduce bloating, get rid of belly fat and feel increased levels of energy. Your mind will be clear and focused, and even your mood can improve. You might even glow!
If you don’t think you need a detox, or if you're scared at the sound the word, think again. Here are four ways common myths people have about detoxing, why they're not necessarily true, and how you can safely experience the benefits of a detox:
Myth 1: “I'll starve.”
Try a gentle, clean, food-based detox. Eliminate processed foods and foods with added sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, soy, and animal protein. Stick to organic fruits and veggies for your cleanse. Add lots of vegetables, fruits, greens, grains, legumes, and beans. Also plan to eat every 3 hours; that way, you won’t feel deprived or hungry. If you do feel hungry, drink water. Hunger can actually be a sign of dehydration.
Myth 2: “I'll have to stay near the bathroom.”
To be honest, you might be constipated, or you may go to the bathroom more often than usual. This is natural as your body expels toxins, especially at the beginning of the cleanse. You're eating normal food. In fact, real food. Therefore, you body will begin to balance itself out and become regular.
Move your body during detox. Movement on the outside stimulates movement on the inside. Eating foods that nourish and detoxify are necessary for your cleanse, but the next step is to incorporate exercise. Try gentle yoga, walking in nature, and stretching. Your body is working hard to get rid of toxins, and she needs to rest to restore during the detox period.
Myth 3: “I have to mix up powders and take pills.”
If you Google “detox,” you can find all sorts of scary looking boxes or programs to buy. Instead, go for the real foods and pump the green goodness. Spring time foods consist of dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, watercress, asparagus, peas, fennel and mustard greens. You can also add in additional dark leafy greens such as kale, Swiss chard, and collards. The chlorophyll from the leaves feed the blood and help your body achieve balance, which makes ridding your body of toxins easier. You feel cleaner without sucking down tons of powdery mixes.
Myth 4: “I'll faint.”
If you keep up with your delicious greens and whole foods, eat every 3 hours and drink tons of water, there's no reason for you to faint or feel weak. You can rid your body of toxins without putting your life on hold. Make sure to eat all your meals and snacks, and if you need extra protein, go for it. Listen to your body and let her guide the way.
Detoxing doesn’t have to be a scary; it can be delicious and an amazing way to reboot your body.
Are you ready to get down with a detox this spring?
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