Spring is around the corner. This is usually the time for spring cleaning, throwing things out we don’t need, getting our garden ready for beautiful flowers to grow and bloom and pruning some trees.

It is also the time where people are motivated to shed a few kg’s before summer arrives. You need a beach body after all before you go shopping for that costume, right?

The message and practices of detoxing your body is not knew.  You’ve probably already seen a good number of product advertisement, articles, courses for a XX-day detox. For thousands of years, humans have been following a practice of detoxing their bodies of so-called toxins.   Bloodletting, enemas and fasting were regarded as legitimate medical therapies until the early 20th century.

Today, we live in a world of emerging pathogens (things that makes us sick), metals and pollutants in food and our drinking water, pharmaceuticals in water supply, synthetic chemicals with unknown properties. 

But does detox work and is it necessary?

What is detox?

The word detox is inherited from a medical procedure that rids the body of dangerous, often life-threatening levels of alcohol, drugs or poisons.  Patients that are undergoing medical detoxification are nearly always treated in a medical facility. Think about your in-patient addiction centers.

Our bodies have a magnificent ability to detoxify itself using nutrients from our diet.  Detoxification is a process where the body transforms toxins so that it can be removed from the body naturally.   There are two types of toxins in your body – toxins that are made due to naturally metabolic processes in your body and toxins that you digest either by eating or drinking, or absorption through your skin.

Each persons’ ability to detoxify their body, is different and can be influenced by a variety of things, like environment, stressors, diet, lifestyle, chronic disease just to name a few. However, if your body struggles to get rid of the toxins for whatever reason (illness, poor diet to name a few), it will build up and be stored in your fat cells.

It’s highly likely that if you listen to your body carefully, you might even feel like you need a good detox. “Feeling like you need to detox” is just another way for your body to tell you that it needs some good quality nutrients so that it can do it’s work in all the cells.  

Why do you want to consider a detox?

This is a question I always ask my clients. Know why you want to do something. If you know your body needs a cleanse, then do it. But don’t use detox as a carte blanche to continue to eat that piece of cake every day, or to drink that soda every day. At some point, you must decide that you eat because you want to nourish your body instead of eating because something looks yummy.

Detoxing support doesn’t need to consist of a rigorous plan. Here is a few steps you can follow to support your body’s natural detoxing process:

  • Drink water when you are thirsty.
  • Eat good quality whole food
  • Eat 6 cups of fruit or vegetables per day. This will provide good quality nutrients to your body and will help you to get all the dietary fiber you need.
  • Consume good quality protein. Don’t fear animal fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat.
  • Eat little carbohydrates. You will get all the necessary carbohydrates you need from the fruit and the vegetables.
  • Eat some nuts and seeds.
  • Eat enough! Restricting calories is not going to help your body to perform all the functions it should.

The human body is perfectly capable of defending itself against the effects of the environment.  If you eat protein and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar, you should be

That just there, is the only diet you need to follow to ensure you live a healthier lifestyle.

Happy Spring!