If you think that detoxing is some one-off event that once you’ve done it you can:
• breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over
• cross it off your list of things to do
• go back to the way you were before
then you are seriously mistaken.
Irrespective whether it is after colon hydrotherapy, a course of supplements, after master cleanse, or after any other kind of quality detox program, you have to lock-in the benefits of your cleanse. Detox provides you with the chance of a complete renewal for your body, mind and spirit, as well as an opportunity to reinvent yourself!
But just what exactly is the next step post detox? You’ve done a great job of avoiding particular foods such as highly processed meals, fizzy drinks and alcohol, you’ve taken all the health supplements, and were happily surprised once you discovered that you can in fact function pretty well without all that sugar and coffee, and you’ve loved your brand new healthy diet.
By the end of your cleanse you’ll have shifted an unbelievable toxic load – both physical and emotional. So as not to lose all the benefits of detox, now you need to make a few simple changes in your lifestyle to support your ongoing good health and vitality.
Together with your new understanding of harmful toxins and good quality detox options, you no doubt know you can rebuild and enhance your quality of health and life, and then maintain it. All you need to do is take a few straightforward steps in order to avoid or minimize exposure to harmful toxins and prevent new damage to your body. Find out more about toxicity symptoms.
After detox you will feel emotionally and physically stronger, you are also much more attuned to other people and better prepared to manage life’s adversities that previously may have led you down a wrong path and got you to the stage where you decided you needed to do a detox program. Now that you have successfully finished is, you’ll be well placed to keep up the good work.
To assist you on your new and wonderful journey of living the new you, here are some suggestions you might want to try. It’s unlikely many people think they will be capable of doing all of these suggestions at the same time, but then again maybe you are part of the few. For others try your best and allow yourself to be surprised! And remember, something is better than nothing at all. The important thing is to start and you can always add different options later on:
Healthy meal planner
• Is drinking water good for you? Absolutely as it is necessary to keep your cells hydrated and flush toxins from your kidney and liver. It is estimated that for every kilogram of body weight you need at least 15 ml of water per day (½ ounce water per pound body weight). Filtered or bottled water is best
• Aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, preferably using healthy-giving fresh organic and locally sourced produce (unfortunately for many people this may be difficult, but it’s worth trying as more and more supermarkets are now stocking these items)
• Eat foods as close to nature as possible (ie no, or minimal processing) by choosing raw nuts and seeds, raw or slightly steamed vegetables, whole fruits and unrefined fruit juices, whole grains, legumes and good quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
• Unless you have decided on a vegetarian diet, in addition to the above you need to include a good range of low-fat dairy products and poultry (preferably organic). There are many fish health benefits that make eating fresh fish a vital part of your diet
• Don’t eat the same foods every day – vary your consumption of milk products, eggs, wheat and yeast foods, all of which can be allergenic
• Eat slowly and chew your food. Most people eat too fast. Ideally, you should chew your food until it is liquid (about thirty times). Your digestion will improve (saliva contains important enzymes that are the first step in the digestion process) and become satisfied quicker.
Reduce exposure to toxins
• There is caffeine in coffee, tea (green and black), fizzy drinks, chocolate, energy drinks, and many over-the-counter medications. The caffeine as well as other chemical compounds within these products tend to be over-stimulating and stressful on the adrenal glands and the nervous system
• Seek out low sugar foods and steer clear of refined sugars such as white sugar, imitation maple syrup, corn syrup (or corn sugar), sucrose, fructose, maltodextrin, etc and artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin that are known to cause cancer malignancy in laboratory animals
• Avoid refined carbohydrates. These are grains which have had most of their fiber, bran, germ, and vitamin B and E taken out. Foods like white breads, cakes, cookies, white pasta, and most boxed cereals fill you up, but lack important vitamins and minerals. Some of these products are also rich in saturated and trans fats
• Reduce your intake of red meat, pork, cured meats and especially sausages. In the United States, the legal requirement for fat content in sausages is proscribed to 30%, 35% or 50% by weight, depending on their style
• Turn your back on junk and unhealthy foods, refined foods, the majority of canned foods, sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. Canned tomatoes and tomato paste is probably OK as it is rich natural source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant
• Avoid any type of alcohol and other drugs, particularly recreational and what is referred to as party drugs
• Swap chemical-based household cleaning products for more eco-friendly brands and switch to natural makeup products that are not made with toxic ingredients
Regular exercise promotes both physical and emotional wellness. Most experts agree that thirty minutes of exercise a day is most beneficial, although according to research, exercise taken in multiple ten-minute sessions is just as effective as one thirty minute session. Choose two or three activities that you enjoy – walking, aerobics, swimming, cycling, for example. As well as working different muscle groups, the variety will stop you from becoming bored and thus less likely to give up.
Walk rather than take the car, use the stairs rather than taking the lift, or cycle to work, practice yoga, pilates or t’ai chi or any other form of exercise you feel comfortable with. If you can, supplement these activities with natural treatments which have few or no side-effects, such as herbalism, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, hypnotherapy, naturopathy, osteopathy and massage
Keep using your detox skills
A detox is among the best gifts you could give your body. Even though it is definitely not a panacea for all ills, it is an excellent way to help you transform your life. Regular detoxers can’t speak highly enough of the process and the emotional and physical benefits it provides.
You also will find that a detox will improve your life immeasurably. It will build a level of mental peace, emotional health and wellbeing and clarity that will help you to took to your future with a renewed and optimistic sense of purpose and self-worth, and where you can better perception of your human relationships with those around you. A detox can help you realize your potential. It is your key to a fitter, healthier and cleaner mind, body and spirit.
There are so many things we can do to live a healthy life, and the important thing is to make sure that whatever you do, make choices that have longevity that will help you make your new habits long-lasting. Every journey starts with the first step and we wish you joy and success in your new and exciting journey towards better health!
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