Time for a detox diet? Although more of the population is classed as overweight and obese than ever before, the good news is that many more of us are becoming more aware of our health, and are considering detox diets and weight loss diets to regain control of our health.
Average adult Americans are about one inch taller, but nearly a whopping 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, according to a 2002 report (so it’s worse now) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is because of our lifestyle choices, mainly our eating habits, that not only are so many of us overweight, but that our systems are full of unhealthy, unwanted toxins.
So why is it so important for good health to shed those extra pounds and the hidden toxins within? For many it’s not necessarily about living longer, although that would be nice, but rather about the quality of life we want enjoy as we age. Everyone wants to be able to play with the grand kids, travel and fully enjoy their favorite destinations, and basically live a happy productive life without poor health conditions holding them back.
Through years of eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol, soda and coffee etc, we have accumulated a number of unhealthy toxins in our livers, our colons, and in our digestive systems, and they undermine our good health and our bodies' overall performance. That is why going on a detox diet from time to time can be very important in helping to restore good health.
Too many toxins in our blood, in our vital organs, and throughout our bodies become like the dirty water in a polluted stream, foul and disgusting. This creates a fertile environment for sickness and disease. A detox diet will allow our systems to eliminate some of these poisons and will leave us not only feeling and looking healthier, but we actually will be healthier too.
But just imagine how cool it would be to not only detox, but to lose weight at the same time. Well the diet I am going to tell you about will achieve both things; not only is it a detox diet, but it is a weight loss diet too.
The diet, to which I refer, is the raw food diet. And actually it’s not a diet at all but is a healthy lifestyle choice if incorporated at least in part into our daily menu plan. Raw, uncooked, or live food is the natural fuel that our bodies were designed to exist on. For millions of years our ancestors existed by harvesting what they could from the land, primarily fresh fruits and vegetables.
Raw food is packed with healthy nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and carries everything we need for a healthy well balanced diet. The raw food eaten on a detox diet should be easy to digest so juicing and blended smoothies can play an important role for people not used to eating large amounts of raw produce. If at all possible food eaten on a detox diet should be organic so as to be completely free from any pesticide or fertilizer residue.
When strictly juicing or blending it is common to suffer from some mild side effects as we detox the acidic toxins. These can include: nausea, diarrhea, muscle spasms or cramps, headache, high temperature, sore throat, tiredness, and fatigue. These are purely signs that the detox diet is taking effect and that the poisons are leaving your body. They usually last only a matter of two or three days. By eating at least some whole raw foods like salads you can eliminate or at least greatly reduce these side effects.
One bonus of detoxing is that they clean out acidic toxins bound up in excess body fat and in doing so allow body fat to be released as well. This is why many people struggle with weight gain, the added fat is actually protecting their bodies from the acidic toxic overload, so they’re continually trying to “diet” to lose weight, while it may be as simple as changing to a more alkaline diet.
A raw food diet is such a diet, and in effect a detoxing diet and weight loss diet all in one. It’s good to be aware the detox symptoms may come and go over time as your body cleanses deeper, but you’ll be enjoying life so much more you won’t mind these small annoyances. Your digestive system will respond to the new healthy food that the raw food detoxing diet is comprised of, so you’ll feel lighter, have more energy, and become healthier.
A good juicer will be helpful in starting a cleansing diet because it can help produce results quickly. I have owned 4 different juicers over the years, but find the Hurom juicer to be the best for everyday use. It’s easier to use and clean, which is really important because if it’s a pain to clean then it won’t get used. It is also able to juice leafy greens which I feel is very important. I have two juicers now, and the one that gets used the most is the Hurom vertical slow juicer.For those that want to jump start the process, or just can’t do all the raw foods and juicing then the Ejuva Cleanse is a great way to detox the body.
Of course before embarking on any kind of detox diet or diet change you should consult with your personal health care provider.
If you’re ready to look at some recipes then visit Detox Diet Recipes and get started on planning your own personal detoxification plan.
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The contents of this website and my newsletter are gleaned from my experiences and observations, meant only for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice, consultations, or treatment of any kind. I recommend you see your professional health care provider if you suspect you have an illness or disease of any kind. I’m not medically trained, and I would never suggest or imply that I know what is best for someone else’s body or overall health, ultimately each of us is the only one who knows what’s best for us.