Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Try a 5-Day Body Detox Plan

In today's world, you can not realistically go a single day without encountering pollution. At work, you may not be so sure of the cleanliness of the water you drink or of the food you eat. We are all surrounded by people every day, and you can can't escape the fact of air pollution, be it from smokers, perfumes, air "freshener" sprays, or from the exhaust of vehicles. This greatly affects your health in one way or another, whether you know it or not. Don’t be so sure that when your body does not visibly react, that means all is well - many (if not most) chemical interactions may not show any symptoms in your body for months, if not years, down the road (and by then, you won't even know what caused them).

Air-pollutionImage via WikipediaFor these reasons, detoxification is necessary in order to maintain a healthy body, contributing also to a healthy mind, and healthy relationships with others.

Our body has its own means of healing and detoxifying. However, when pollutants that enter our body have  accumulated more than the our body's capacity of self cleansing can handle, we are giving our inside mechanisms a hard time. Then the tissues are stressed and therefore can malfunction. And because they are weakened, the internal cleansing process is also affected.

We definitely want a clean body. But we also need to help our system in regulating the body processes. However, you should not wait for your body organs to be stressed out and overworked before doing something. The 5-day detox plan will do a great help in keeping the body systems at work. This 5-day detox plan will rejuvenate the body as well as the spirit, keeping it clean and toned.

A detoxification diet is a part of the 5-day detox plan. During the period of detoxification, certain foods should be avoided. Your meals consist mostly of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables. Fats, oil, preservatives and food additives are a big no-no when undergoing the process of detoxification. (YOU SHOULD AVOID ALL PROCESSED AND ARTIFICIAL "FOODS" DURING THIS TIME.) Also, meats should be kept out of the diet during the detox process because they are hard to digest, which makes it harder and slower for the body to rid itself of toxins.

Ideal foods that can be part of your diet are as follow: garlic, broccoli, beets, greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and beans or nuts. Fresh fruit juices can be taken as beverages except for grapefruit. And since water is a universal solvent, six to eight glasses of this should be recommended daily. Water is also a major factor in the detoxification process. It flushes out the toxins in the forms of perspiration, urine, or stool.

Overview of main health effects on humans from...Image via WikipediaAlthough you seem to eat less when detoxifying, rest assured that you will not starve, and ironically, you will even boost your stamina. This is because your food intake is limited only to foods which are healthy and are good to the digestive system.

A detoxification plan should be done at least quarterly. To ensure that you are doing your detox correctly and safely, it is best to consult a nutritionist or an alternative healthcare professional. You should also seek a doctor’s advice to ensure that what you will do during the process is actually detoxifying, and not an addition of toxins to your body.

Through the process of detoxification, the toxins are flushed out in your body and new energy is supplied to the body providing you both physical and mental alertness. Cleanliness will then be obtained not only on the outside, but also on the inside.
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