Detox For Your Body Health Anti Aging
So, you know that detox is the means by which we can reduce the toxic load on our bodies and optimize the performance of our body’s own detox organs, but how will you really know that a detox is effective? What are some specific reasons that you should focus on detox for your body ?
1. WEIGHT LOSS DETOX
Toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, which leads to weight gain. The guy in charge of the fat factory in your body is a signaling gene, and when toxins attach to him “Gene” cranks the lever and more fat cells are created. Over time these new fat cells fill up with excess fat and toxins and become useless – they don’t even help produce energy and hormones like good fat cells should! And if “Gene” is still overtaken by toxins, all these new fats cells can lead to someone gaining weight as well as an increased risk of diabetes. A good and healthy detox practice supports toxin elimination so that “Gene” can stop working in overdrive and your metabolism is boosted to support weight loss and maintenance.
2. BLOATING AND CONSTIPATION RELIEF (HEALTHIER COLON)
Feel like you are sitting on the toilet for forever ? Thinking about unbuttoning your pants because your stomach hurts ? The intestines (including the colon) carry waste from the body, but some of this waste like refined, processed, low-fiber foods and unhealthy fats can accumulate slowly and clog up our system. This accumulation of toxins commonly results in weight retention and you feeling bloated, but even more alarming is the fact that it can result in illnesses such as colon disease and colorectal cancer. The colon is the body’s sewage system and needs to be cleaned and emptied in order for it to function normally. Through detox you clean your colon and not only help relieve constipation, but also promote healthy bowel movements to eliminate harmful waste and chemicals.
3. BOOSTED ENERGY
The body has self-detoxing organs to eliminate toxins, but they use up a lot of energy to do this! The amount of energy used depends on the amount of toxins your organs are processing. Having low energy levels and constant fatigue are symptoms of a body loaded with toxins. Detoxing helps support your organs to eliminate toxins, leaving your with more energy and stamina to commit to more exciting things!
4. CURBED CRAVINGS
Cleansing your body of unhealthy toxins and replenishing it with proper nutrients will trigger the sensors in your brain that cause you to crave nutritious foods. Say “goodbye” to cravings for caffeine, sugar, and fat! (Or at least say “hello” to craving healthier options more often!)
5. BETTER SKIN
Your skin is the largest external organ in your body and a good reflection of what is going on inside your body. Your skin helps eliminate toxins and impurities through sweat, and when your system and sweat glands are overloaded with toxins that can lead to a variety of skin conditions including acne. If toxins build up faster than they can be eliminated, the high amount of toxins circulating in the blood. Detox and eliminate internal toxins from your body and when it is no longer congested you will see an improvement in your skin – just imagine: clear, radiant skin. Who doesn’t want that?
6. STRESS REDUCTION
Stress. Do toxins really have anything to do with it? Well, yes: when your body is loaded with toxins, your mind is equally stressed. When toxins build up in your body its ability to absorb nutrients is lowered and your body is not pleased – it’s so freaked out that it releases a stress hormone called Cortisol to say “what the heck body, step it up!” So, when you help clear out toxins, you can tell the Cortisol to calm down and let your body de-stress. A cleanse can improve mental clarity and enable you to have better and higher quality sleep.
7. STRENGTHENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Free radicals! Eeek! Yes, those dirty free radicals are always trying to get us and damage our cells, and continuous exposure to the toxins creates a free radical breeding ground. Those pesky free radicals work hard to impair our immune system function and cause inflammation. Detoxification helps your body get rid of toxins so they aren’t helping foster free radicals; instead, your body can focus on strengthening its natural defenses!
8. BETTER SLEEP
Toxins, especially heavy metals, disturb the balance of a normal cell and create free radicals (yes, those again). Free radicals, also, increase the production of sleep hormones and disturb your sleeping patterns sometimes even leading to insomnia. Supporting the removal of heavy metals from your system with detox can help your body reset its sleeping patterns and look forward to a night of quality rest.
MYTHS REGARDING DETOXIFICATION!
Many vegetarians and vegans incorrectly believe that restriction of animal protein is somehow detoxifying. Animal protein is rich in sulfur-containing amino acids such as cysteine and methionine, which are essential for the formation of glutathione, one of the most ubiquitous intracellular antioxidants needed for detoxification reactions. Plant protein sources contain relatively low concentrations of these important amino acids. Furthermore, obtaining amino acids (and minerals) from plants may be very difficult for the vegan, due to the presence of plant fiber, cellulose and certain enzyme inhibitors commonly found in plant foods.
Additionally, animal protein contains Vitamin B-12, not found in plant foods. B-12 is critical for liver detoxification, as well as cellular methylation reactions, which directly affect detoxification reactions in cells.
Additionally, plant-based diets tend to be low in zinc. Zinc and the sulfur-amino acid cysteine (also low in plant foods) are critical for detoxification reactions in the liver, as well as for the formation of a protein/antioxidant known as metallothionein, which can powerfully scavenge toxic metals such as mercury.
Furthermore, plant sources of iron (known as non-heme) are poorly absorbed in comparison to animal sources of iron (known as heme). Iron is pivotal for the formation of catalase and iron-based SOD (Superoxide dismutases), two critical intracellular antioxidants that participate in detox reactions.
Vitamin A and D are catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them no minerals can be absorbed, no matter how abundant they may be in your food. Carotenoids found in plant based food need to go trough a complex conversation process to become active vitamin A. Most people have difficulties converting because they are in constant inflammation(due to use of vegetable oils and high carbohydrate intake especially coming from grains) or too toxic. And there is no plant source of vitamin D3 at all.
These are only a few facts that shows vegan diet should be used only for detoxing the body and not for a life style.
Another common myth is the “alkaline diet” idea somehow being involved in detoxification. There is no evidence that exists showing how a food with an acid or alkaline pH has any influence upon systemic pH activity in the body. Proponents of the alkaline diet myth erroneously believe that urine and saliva pH can be used to determine the metabolic pH reactions from a food. Urine and saliva are not the sights of metabolic activity in the body, but rather contain residue from metabolic reactions. Furthermore, even if any food does have an ability to alter systemic pH, the influence of the lungs and the kidneys are superior in their ability to affect systemic pH activity, because the kidneys and lungs directly regulate the levels of Co2, bicarbonate and electrolytes.