Detoxing. It’s become as much a part of New Year’s celebrations as resolutions. And while the fresh start is a fantastic time to recommit to taking better care of ourselves, a detox certainly doesn’t mean making yourself miserable.
What does “detox” even mean? This word gets thrown around a lot, and it seems it’s usually associated with a “quick fix”. So many of the detoxes you’ve been hearing about in recent weeks are actually just liquid fasts. However, a true detox is a way to take the chemical load off your body. We live in a world where the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe exposes us to harmful substances. It’s inevitable – from pesticides and mercury to microbes and disinfectants – we’re going to take in some of the nasties. Luckily, our systems are equipped to handle them, breaking them down and flushing them out. A detox helps optimize this system. This is true cleansing!
While I believe we can all benefit from a seasonal detox, your system is more ready for it than you realize if you’re feeling exceptionally tired or sluggish (likely, after the silly season), are dealing with anxiety and depression, have hormonal imbalances, poor digestion or insomnia.
These are all signs of a sluggish liver – and that, my friends, is one of the key organs in detoxification. This is the perfect time to show your liver a little love!
I suggest 14-21 days of cleansing. It’s a little adding in, a little cutting out, and it’s all worth it in the name of liver health – trust me! You’ll feel fantastic, and your weight should go down, too. The liver is your body’s main fat burning organ, regulating fat metabolism and carrying fat out of the body via bile.
Sounds gross? Maybe a little. You might notice that your body odour is a bit stronger, or that your face breaks out some. Don’t let this deter you! I promise it’s normal, and it’s actually a good sign – it means your body is ridding itself of old toxins. You wouldn’t want that hanging around inside your body, right?