Detoxing? It can all be quite confusing to say the least. Sure, the whole process can be great for your body. At the same time, you could be taking a risk. Both views seem to come with an equal number of warnings and recommendations, depending on the latest report or best-selling book. So where do you begin? And who do you believe? Well, as with anything it's a bit of both.
Yes, if you approach your detox in the wrong way it may do more harm than good. But do your research and follow a well organised and reputable program and you can cleanse and boost your body (and mind) in all kinds of positive ways. Here are the big 5 benefits.
- Remove toxins
Detoxing helps your body to remove excess waste and help to make sure your liver, kidneys and colon all function the way they should. Even after you complete your detox program, it’s still a good idea to keep eating lots of fruits and vegetables which help the colon to keep things moving.
- Strengthen your immune system
Detoxing not only allows your organs to work properly, it also gives your immune system a boost. By maximising your intake of nutrients like vitamin C, your body is better able to fight off infections and keep you feeling the way you want. Many detox programs also build in plenty of exercise, which obviously helps to keep your circulation healthy and strengthen the immune system.
- Improve your skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body – so don't overlook its importance. In addition to cramming in all the right kinds of food and drink, a good detox should also incorporate hot saunas. They'll help your skin sweat out those nasty toxins and leave it smoother and clearer. Don't worry if your skin gets a bit patchy or a few spots pop up here and there – that’s the result of the cleaning process and things will improve as you continue your detox.
- Freshen up your breath
Some reports suggest that bad breath can occur when toxins build up in the colon. So a complete detox program will also incorporate a colon cleanse to maximise the removal of toxins from your body. That should keep you smelling fresh as well as feeling that way. Cleaning the colon also helps to keep your digestive system working properly.
- Stay young
Toxins, in particular free radicals, contribute to the ageing process. Reduce your intake of toxins and you'll not only feel good in the short term, but also help to stay looking younger for longer. And once the detox is complete, try and keep up some of those good habits. An improved diet and more exercise both play a big part as you continue to reap the anti-aging benefits.