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Spring Cleaning: Your Body

Your body is designed to detox itself. However, because of our lifestyle, food choices, stress, etc. we have a tougher time. We are eating processed foods, chemically altered foods, and many foods that have pesticide residue on them. Our systems have to work overtime just to digest (or eliminate) these things. Think about the radiator in your car. Byproducts from your anti-freeze make it necessary to flush your radiator once a year. Our food choices cause the same problem. The thought process behind detoxes and cleanses is to remove these by-products so our organs can work more efficiently. In many cases this will cause temporary weight loss.

Detox vs Cleanse:

Many people use the words “Cleanse” and “Detox” interchangeably. Both remove harmful things from your body. However, there is a general distinction between the two. In a Detox, you remove the foods and food categories that are muddying the waters. Removing the substances that slow you down, make you sick, clog your sinuses, cause gas and bloating, make you retain unnecessary weight and leave you feeling tired and foggy.

Detoxes can be from food, behaviors, habits, or drugs. The protocol depends on the intent of the detox. Eliminating foods that are bad for us is not easy. Learning to eat properly means learning what to eliminate, what to add, and how. Some foods can be reduced over time from your diet (i.e. caffeine), and some should be eliminated all at once (i.e. sugar), both with the proper replacements to make the transition successful and sustainable.

A Cleanse is a detox that goes deeper. The goal is more focused on a certain organ, working to clean it. Food, supplements and herbs are usually used in conjunction with behavior practices to get the organs functioning better. It can be a much bigger commitment (special foods, possible laxative start, etc.), depending on which program you use, and the time frame needed.

While we do not think that everyone should go on a detox, there are certain challenges that are best tackled this way. Studies show that the best way to eliminate sugar is to go cold turkey, which involves a detox that, done properly and safely, will give you great results. Speaking from experience, it is a great way to cut sugar from your diet, and reset your taste buds, making it easier to keep on the road to good health*.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, our bodies are designed to detox themselves. So, making good food choices, getting enough rest, exercise, water, etc. is a good way to turn your health around.

*Health Coaches of Delaware now offers a Sugar Detox that has proven results. Please see our website for this and other services to best serve your health and wellness goals.



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