The need to care for yourself highly outweighs the need to drown yourself in a disruptive lifestyle.
Before we look at addressing the main question here, let’s first understand what a detox involves and what happens during a detox retreat. Detox is essentially time spent on stimulating the body’s very own processes to draw out and expel hidden toxins and thereby bring back a state of wellbeing. Most of the time we’re so caught up in our busy lives that we seldom pay attention to our heath and body needs until we see a symptom present itself.
The body has a very clever and precise way of working with what we present it. Because the human body is such a complex system it has a way to process out wastes and unwanted matter through the body’s detoxification pathways; liver, kidneys, skin, digestive system, lymphatic system etc. But with all the heavy external toxins we ingest continually through what we eat, drink, breathe, apply onto our skin, the body can’t cope, and an imbalance sets in. But the clever body we have doesn’t allow toxins to remain circulating in our core systems and packs them off to our joints, fat cells, under the skin as a coping mechanism.
This although keeps the body safe for some time the effects will show up soon or later. Prevention is better than cure, so if we aim to keep the body supported and in balance then we would be avoiding these problems in the future.
What does a detox involve?
With a wide range of detoxification programs out there, some are very intense and may need you to go away and detox under specialized care. While there are less intense programs too that involve a restricted diet. The basic principle involved when it comes to diet and detox mainly focuses on excluding foods that have any form of chemicals. The ingredients used must be free from preservatives, additives, flavoring agents, E numbers etc. It is also recommended that animal proteins be eliminated during the detox period as they can be heavy to digest. Providing light, simple and easy to digest foods gives the digestive system a rest and allows the body to heal and repair.
Intense liquid only fasts should not be done for extended periods of time as it may be detrimental to the health of the digestive system. Most juice fasting detox retreat programs have a well-structured supplement plan to ensure all nutrients are being provided to the body. Please ensure you are under supervised care should you choose to do a detox program.
If you decide to do a meal-based detox, it would be ideal to have a good balance of complex carbohydrates, proteins and good fats. So, lots of vegetables with beans, sprouts, lentils, avocado, nuts and seeds, virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil are all options to choose from. Do not overeat and start paying attention to your satiety signals.
Doing any form of detox is ideally done under professional care and guidance for best outcomes, as programs can be tailored to your needs and health concerns.
What happens during a detox?
Typically, a detox retreat will involve all or some of the below elements:
- Diet: usually juices or light meals are served through the day in limited portions and at regular intervals.
- Supplements: Natural nutritional supplements are provided to ensure all nutrients are being provided with focus on essential amino acids, omega 3 fatty acids, liver support and essential vitamins & minerals.
- Colon cleansing: to facilitate the removal of toxins via the anal route.
- Spa Treatments: to relax tension in the body and for therapeutic benefits
- Yoga session: gives the best start to the day, with invigorating pranayama and asanas to boost and stimulate the body’s functioning.
- Wellness consultations: to discuss health concerns and get advice on holistic natural solutions to continue implementing in day to day living.
Finally… will a detox help in weight loss?
Having understood what happens in a detox, you would have started to see and understand why weight loss is associated with it. Well, firstly there is an elimination of fat promoting foods, like sugar, salt, processed and refined foods. Secondly there is restriction on quantity and method of cooking. Supported by yoga, massages, and colon cleansing, these are all factors that would naturally cause weight loss. Primarily loss weight occurs due to loss of water from water retention in the body. What also is believed to happen when the body begins to spend time detoxifying is that toxins that have been stored away into the adipose (fat) cell start getting metabolized making it easier for the body to then breakdown that fat. Attributing to weight loss.
However, every individual is different and therefore the body’s need in terms of weight loss vs other health needs vary. So, while some people my have good weight loss on a detox it may mot necessarily be the case with for another.
The detox will definitely make it easier to lose weight post retreat, but you would need to follow the diet and lifestyle advice recommended.
5 Easy Daily Activities to Kick-start Weight Loss
- Do cardio exercises on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
- Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
- Include lots of vegetables into your diet.
- Cut down/ eliminate white foods from your meals.
- Believe and trust that your body is supporting your weight loss goals.
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