Ahh, that old chestnut. The ‘Detox’.
It has become as ubiquitous as the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, which is slapped on just about every food item or beauty product to ensure it flies off the shelves.
A quick Google will bring up a veritable smorgasbord of detox options for the average punter:
‘Lemon Detox Cleanse!’ ‘All natural detox!’ and our favourite: the ‘Dr. Dre Detox!’ (What the?!)
So, to detox or not to detox?
That dear friend, is the question.
But, if you feel lethargic, predisposed to illness or just a little bit ‘NQR’ (actual medical acronym – Not Quite Right) then it can be a great thing to do.
But before you add ‘Dr. Dre’ to the cart – let’s explore what detoxing means, so settle back for a potted lesson on human physiology.
Our bodies are just GREAT at getting rid of toxins. In fact, all fruit and vegetables contain natural insecticides that can be harmful to our bodies, but our cleansing organs: the kidneys, liver and gut, neutralise these harmful substances after we digest them, converting them into waste products, which we eliminate within hours of ingestion. (Our bodies are so clever!)
Our other cleansing superheroes: the lungs, skin and that inbuilt cyborg robot army we call our immune system, are ever primed and at the ready to remove and neutralise toxic substances.
If you think holistically about how the body works to eliminate toxins, it’s simply a matter of identifying the food and the environmental factors (or behaviours) that aren’t working for your body and then cutting them out.
Of course, this is so much easier said, than done! You need help, right?
I hear you! Help is on the way and you are going to LOVE IT.
Stay tuned and get ready for your best winter yet!