Do you often feel sluggish or have a hard time focusing? Or maybe you just feel bloated or constipated now and then?
Food, and beverages containing sugar or sugar pseudonyms, gluten, and dairy, can cause inflammation in our bodies, similar to when we have an injury. Now, food isn’t the only issue. From the minute you open your eyes in the morning to get ready for work, our modern world is awash in toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and allergens like mold.
When your body sends out inflammatory cells on a continuous basis, you may develop chronic inflammation which will lead to chronic diseases, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Inflammation not only shows outside of your body as when you twist an ankle or break a bone. Inflammation also shows on body systems you can’t see. I’m talking about our 12 major systems: Skeletal, Circulatory, Lymphatic, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Integumentary, Reproductive, Nervous, and Endocrine systems.
These systems can become overloaded when exposed to daily, sometimes unavoidable toxic substances- the air we breathe, the food we eat, or even stress. Eventually, these systems stop doing their job efficiently. The pancreas will stop making insulin, the liver will stop detoxing efficiently, or the digestive system won’t be able to absorb the essential nutrients we need to function daily.
Your Body is Always Talking to You. Are You Listening?
Your body is always sending “messages” to you, sometimes subtle ones like bloating, constipation, acne, and other times more abrupt ones like stroke, cancer, or heart disease. Make sure you listen to your body when it whispers so you don’t have to hear it scream.
The good news is that you can reverse or improve some of the damage caused by toxins and poor food choices by doing a detox or cleanse. If you’ve never done a detox before, read on.
4 Reasons to Do a Detox Every Quarter
Maybe you’ve heard about cleansing or detoxing, but don’t know if it would help. Here are some reasons to cleanse! Cleansing or detoxification is a time-tested way to start anew and kick-start healthy habits. Do you see yourself in any of the scenarios below?
The formula always promoted by some fitness gurus of calories in and calories out — adding some type of exercise will do the trick for you, is not very realistic.
Not all calories are created equal- starting from there. This formula isn’t enough to lose stubborn weight.
Toxins can be holding you back from reaching your ideal weight. Removing pollutants from your diet, and your environment, not only reduces body fat and waist circumference, but also helps lower LDL cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar levels!
Detoxing or cleansing can reduce cravings for sweet foods, and we all know that excessive sugar leads to weight gain. The even better news? Cleansing for even a short period of time can result in continued weight loss a couple of weeks later.
Doing a detox is also an excellent starting point for changing how you eat. Think of it as something that launches you into a healthy lifestyle with better eating habits!
2. I’m Exhausted All the Time
Do you hit the snooze button more than once before you get up every morning? Living every day with little to no energy, feeling sluggish — but can’t figure out why. This could be a sign of burnout.
Detoxing your body can help you increase energy and get better sleep quality. This is what Rose, a teacher from Cambria, NY, discovered after giving up sugar.
“My sleep is better,” says Rose. “Before I was waking up several times at night and was feeling sluggish in the afternoon”
3. I Feel Bloated & Constipated
Digestive issues like IBS, bloating, constipation, gas, or diarrhea signal that something commands your attention. A detox is like hitting the reset button of your gut.
Your gut microbiota influences not only digestion, but also mood, skin health, and the immune system. And we all know by now, how important is to keep our immune system happy and healthy. Seventy percent of your immune cells live in your gut.
Many people report that after a detox, their bowel movements are more regular, which reduces gas and bloating — especially if you use a high-quality probiotic afterward.
4. I Can’t Think Straight
Have you ever felt like your brain is in a dense fog that won’t let you concentrate or remember things? Some days, even simple tasks like writing a shopping list may feel overwhelming.
Brain fog can come not only from hormones, obesity, and stress but also exposure to toxins (and stress acts as a toxin!).Toxins can enter your body, including your brain, causing inflammation.Eating the right foods will give your brain the nutrients it requires to function at its best.
The end of the story. Our world is filled with chemicals and toxins that affect our minds and bodies.
If you’ve ever wondered if a detox is right for you, but did not know where to start?
If you’ve never done a detox before, and you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, I recommend starting with a simple detox. This is a way to remove inflammatory foods from your diet as well as provide you with tools that will lower your stress levels.
If you are ready to have more energy, feel less bloated, and be on your way to losing that stubborn weight.
Join me for my next 10-Day New Year New You Detox on January 23rd. Sign up by January 7th to get an early bird discount. Registration closes on January 13th.