This time of year makes weight control so difficult! It almost feels like temptation is lurking behind every corner – leftover Halloween candy in the office, sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving dinner, and pretty much everything offered to you at every holiday party in December. All of these little indulgences add up, and, before you know it, it’s New Year’s Day and you’re forced to add “lose weight” to your list of resolutions.
To ward off that dreaded post-holiday weight-gain guilt, some people like to get a jump start on their diet program now, before the peak holiday season.
One way to do that is through a detox cleanse. Did I scare you off when I said cleanse? Let me try to win you back. When done properly, a detox cleanse is just another diet rich in whole foods and other essential nutrients. It doesn’t have to mean starvation and deprivation!
The Benefits of Detoxifying Cleanses
The practice of detoxifying the body has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health, and many religious groups incorporate it into their rituals as a form of spiritual enlightenment. But, as I mentioned, a detox cleanse doesn’t have to be about starvation. Think of it more as a vacation for your body, especially your digestive tract! It will rid your body of unhealthy toxins, help you lose weight, and even clear up your skin.
How A Detoxifying Cleanse Works
For a detox cleanse to be effective, you need to involve the body’s most critical digestive organs – the liver, the colon, and the kidneys. How do you do that? By nourishing your body with specific “detoxifying” foods to keep these organs running smoothly. For example, avocados provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and are essential for liver pathway cleansing. Kale, like other green veggies, is an excellent source of insoluble fiber, which gets the gut moving. And yogurt (with probiotics) supplies healthy bacteria that fortify the GI tract’s natural flora, aiding digestion and boosting the body’s natural immune responses.
Who Needs A Detox
This decision is obviously a personal one. If you feel great mentally and physically, then you probably don’t need to detox. But if you want to lose weight or suffer from headaches, sinus congestion, fatigue, allergies or joint pains, you might want to consider it. Essentially, what we should all strive for is committing to a better lifestyle, and healthy eating habits are a big part of that. A cleanse is great for eliminating cravings, waking up your digestive system, and preparing your body for a new healthier way of eating.
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