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Should I Be Doing a Detox?
NUTRITION WELLNESS

Should I Be Doing a Detox?

'Detox’ is a loose term that is used quite frequently amongst the health-conscious, but what does it actually mean?

Our bodies are already well equipped with the appropriate mechanisms to filter out waste. The liver and kidneys are the two major organs involved in detoxification. The body’s largest organ, the skin, also helps to eliminate waste products through perspiration.

So what makes us think that we might need a detox?
While our bodies generally do a great job eliminating waste products from our system, we may still feel like we need a little help from time to time. Modern lifestyles, stress and poor dietary choices can take a toll on our body, and our natural elimination channels may become sluggish and need a little help now and then.

How do you know if detoxing is for you?

Detoxing isn’t about starving yourself or depriving your body of food. A healthy detox is about taking the load off your digestive system by nourishing it with healthy foods and eliminating those foods that put a strain on our system.

Healthy eating is the key to a healthy body, every cell in our body is made up of all that we eat and drink on a daily basis. We all know that in order to build a strong, well functioning body, we need to consume a nutritious diet, however, sometimes it may feel that even though we are eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise and drinking enough water, we just don’t feel as healthy as we should.

Social engagements, work commitments or stress can use up our time and energy and our diet may begin to suffer along the way. Sometimes our body may give us subtle signs that it needs a little attention, or perhaps even a detox.

Digestive symptoms are often a telltale sign that we may benefit from a detox. Bloating after meals, reflux or excess wind can be indicators that the digestive system is not quite working effectively. When food is not thoroughly digested, it can stay in the gastrointestinal tract longer than it should, encouraging a buildup of gas and waste which may cause pain and discomfort. Constipation may be another sign that our digestive system is not functioning at its best, chronic constipation can also upset the delicate balance of good bacteria in our gut, often creating further digestive symptoms.

The condition of our skin can often be a visual indicator of how well our elimination channels are working. Persistent breakouts, dry, oily or rough skin can often be an indicator that we may benefit from a detox. Good gut health is important for great skin and our skin often reflects what’s going on inside, so if our skin isn’t looking as good as it should, chances are our insides may need a little help.

Can anybody do a detox?

Although everybody can benefit from improving their diet, detoxes aren’t for everyone. If you have current health issues or are on medication, it’s best to consult your health professional before you start. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, this is not the time to detox, speak to your health professional about dietary advice that is suitable to your needs.

Felicity Downes-Casipit
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