A Quick Detox for Weight Loss

Detoxification is all about resting the body’s internal organs, and then cleaning and nourishing them from the inside out. By eliminating toxins from your body, and then feeding it with wholesome, healthy nutrients, the body is thus helped to get rejuvenated and better able to ward off common diseases and maintain optimal health.

We live in an age when chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers, food preservatives and many more have become a part of life. In addition, plastics and other materials used for food packaging also constitute health risks. So very often, these substances leak into and contaminate the food we consume.

The process is usually slow and imperceptible. But overtime, they cause our body to become overwhelmed, leaving us tired, weakening the immune system as well as slowing down metabolism. You must know by now that sluggish metabolism is one of the chief causes of overweight and obesity.

So if you must lose weight, then you must also increase the rate at which your body burns calories—your metabolism. And to achieve that, dietitians recommended that everyone should do a detox at least once each year.

Fortunately, internal body cleansing (detoxification) isn’t a procedure that needs to be administered at a hospital. Although individuals under special medication and breastfeeding mothers need to see their doctors before embarking on a detox program, generally body cleansing is a Do It Yourself procedure.

It begins with little changes in the food you typically consume each day. The food you eat can either help your body cleanse or they can clog your body. Foods can contribute to the build-up of waste in the form of excess weight and fat, or they can contribute to the process of losing weight. The right food provides the body with lots of energy while the wrong types of food leave you feeling sluggish, listless and depressed.

Though the body possesses amazing self-healing abilities, each of us still has part to play. For instance, don’t you agree that the person who limits their consumption of foods rich in fats and carbohydrates have a better chance of staying thin than those who binge on these sorts of food?

Similarly, you need the right foods to nourish your body and help your immune system stay strong. Also, you need to eat the type of foods that help metabolism and waste removal.

As far as cleansing your body is concerned, the best foods are those that are easily digested. The reason is that digestion is a process that tasks the body a lot. If you constantly burden your body down with foods hard to digest, little energy will be left for cleansing your system.

The best foods in this regard include fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. They are rich in vitamin water which helps in flushing out waste. They are also easily digested, especially when eaten alone and preferably raw. For best results, this should be eaten first thing in the morning.

This way, they stimulate your body’s natural enzymes for the day’s work. Of course, it is also beneficial if you could add generous servings of fruits and vegetables to your other meals since they are known to quicken the process of digesting other foods. They work in two ways.

So if you’re working on losing weight, do not overlook the need to detox your internal system. It just may mean the difference between seeing quick results or toiling in vain.

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What is Nutritional Cleansing? Many would agree with the age-old dictum: “you are what you eat.” As a result, worldwide, there are thousands of health-food shops and the so-called bio-shops (these are stores that sell biologically-grown foods produced without the use of chemicals or chemical fertilizers).

Germany alone is reputed to have no less that 4000 health-food shops and 2000 bio-shops. Many individuals everywhere also believe that vitamin pills are important to their health. All these highlight the growing concern toward staying healthy. And yes, there’s a lot that each individual can do in this regard.

Sensible eating habits will go a long way in helping a person to achieve good health. These include getting sufficient vitamins and trace minerals. Many persons need additional supplies of either or both of these elements. Dr. Jean Mayer, a Harvard nutritionist, once stated that “the U.S. diet is often much lower in iron than are the diets of poorer populations.” Again, iron is not the only nutrient lacking in the diet of most Americans.

Thus, due to what could be termed “poor” diet, many people end up polluting their internal system and rendering themselves susceptible to many preventable and sometimes degenerative diseases. So, what if your internal environment is rife with toxins? There are ways to clean it up.

Generally, the best foods that cleanse the body are those that are easily digested—those that spend the least time in your bowels. This is because digestion tasks your body a lot. And the time spent doing that job reduces what time the body has left to cleanse itself, especially since you’ll soon eat again!

Among the best foods in cleansing your body are Leafy Vegetables. Eating sufficient amount of leafy vegetables have a high value both from the point of view of nutritional physiology and the maintenance of man’s health in the form of preventive medicine.

This is because vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in iron, which makes them effective against anemia. And what is more, this class of food helps neutralize the acids in the blood. They also have an effect on the kidneys that stimulate the elimination of wastes or toxins.

Fresh, raw vegetables help your body in two ways: they stimulate your body’s natural enzymes to action, making the enzymes to digest other foods faster, while at the same time cleansing your internal system.
Next in this category of cleansing foods are Tomatoes, Apples, Sauerkraut and Onions.

This group has an alkalizing effect on the internal system. Fresh fruits have always been known as among the best natural cleansers. The exact way this happens is still not fully understood by medical science.

But what is certain is that fruits are rich in vitamin water that helps the body to flush out waste products. And just recently, it’s been found that onions and certain mushrooms are particularly helpful in combating cholesterol in the blood.

Foods that are rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids) are also known to be helpful in this regard. They’re reputed to help cleanse the body of harmful cholesterol. Foods in this category include Walnuts, Tuna Fish, Salmon, Cashews, Avocados, Flax Oil, and Olive Oil.

REMEMBER YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

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