The Detox Diet: How Much Is Too Much?
Let’s admit it – we all tend to indulge ourselves a bit too much with those heavy meals, rich desserts and cheesy sauces during the holidays. And what does that leave us with? A bloated stomach and haggard looking skin with a dull complexion for the rest of the year. Because let’s face it, whatever we eat and put in to our body manages to reflect on our overall appearance and if we have been spoiling ourselves silly with those “oh-so-yummy” foods, then chances are that our body must have suffered internally.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! What if we told you that there’s a way for you to rid your body of all the negative effects of the food we consume on a daily basis? Going on a detox “diet” is one of the best ways to flush out the toxins from your body and give it a good cleanse to rid it of all the unhealthy effects of the food that we eat on a daily basis.
So what exactly does a detox diet involve? Detox diet is basically abstinence – from the unhealthy food and instead sticking to a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. While many people tend to prefer eating these raw, the recent trend in these diets have shown people preferring to a liquid detox diet where they consume these vegetables and form in liquid form – such as fruit infused water or blending together different vegetables with some herbs to speed up the detox process.
Signs You Need To Detoxify
But how do you really know whether or not it’s time for you to detoxify your body? If you find yourself complaining of the below symptoms for some time now, then chances are that your body has become toxic and needs a bit of a help in cleansing.
- Muscle aches and muscle fatigue
- Constant headaches
- Food allergies
- Brain fog
- Lack of focus
- Sleep disturbance
- Skin rashes and other abnormalities
- Stubborn weight loss
How Often To Detox?
Heard the saying “all good things in moderation”? The same applies to a detox diet. Not everyone believes in the detox lifestyle but those that do suggest going on this diet not more than four times a year in accordance to the changes of the seasons. While most detox diet plans consists of 7-14 days, an increasing number of people have turned to one-day cleanses and three-day cleanses to provide their body with a boost.
If you are planning to detox, then we suggest the following tips to help you plan for one that is safe for your body and simple to carry out.
- Before you detox, it’s a good idea to check your weight and take some measurements so that you can keep track of the changes at the end of the diet.
- A detox diet requires a complete change in your eating habits, therefore making a list of all the stuff that you will need for the duration of your diet can help you stay organized and avoid cheating on your diet with sugary and unhealthy food.
- Schedule in some time for relaxation.
- Make an exercise program that can complement your goal and stick to it.
Common Withdrawal Symptoms
When you begin your detox diet, you will notice symptoms that might make you wonder whether or not it’s a good idea to continue.
- Bad breath
- Muscle ache
- Itchy skin
- Sleep difficulty
- Offensive body odor
How Detox Diet Benefits You
However, it’s important to keep in mind that these symptoms are nothing more than your body’s way of dealing with the toxin withdrawal and will go away in a few days’ time on its own and will leave you with the following benefits:
- Helps with weight loss
- Boosts energy
- Clears up skin
- Rids the waste from body
- A stronger immune system
- Alert mind and clear thinking
- Better breath
- Feeling more healthy
- Lighter feeling
- Better hair
- An improved overall sense of wellbeing
A good way to safely carry out your detox diet is by making sure that you are not going cold turkey – instead of fasting and avoiding food completely (something that most people tend to believe consists of a detox diet), it is recommended to substitute fruits and vegetables. By removing the fats, processed foods and sugars from your daily diet will result in a more positive effect on not just your body but your overall health.