With additives in our food, pesticides on our crops, pollution all around us, many might say we live in a toxic age. Sometimes all that toxic build-up can take its toll on our organs, which negatively affects digestion and overall health.
When the liver becomes overloaded and the colon becomes backed up with toxic material that has made its home there, the entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks.
Luckily, the body does a good job detoxifying itself on a regular basis; however, some toxins require help to facilitate and encourage their removal. The specially designed H.E.R.N Protocol contains four critical elements required for a successful detox and lifestyle change programme. They are: hydration, elimination, rest and nutrition. Incorporating these four elements along with plenty of exercise has proved to be an effective strategy for thousands struggling with weight loss, ill health and general wellbeing.
So, if you think you need a detox, or just want to look into the idea, don’t put it off.
Here are 15 great benefits of detoxing you should know
1. Jumpstarts weight loss
A criticism of detox diets is that they only help you lose weight in the short term. It helps, instead, if you look at detox and lifestyle change programmes as a way to establish long-term eating habits, and rid yourself of unhealthy patterns. It all depends on what you focus on.
Certainly cleansing the gut and detoxifying the colon can lead to significant weight loss. But if you only care about the drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss, you are more likely to gain all the weight back as soon as you stop. Eating a high fibre diet helps the stomach feel fuller for longer and enables you to resist snacking while flushing unwanted toxins from the system.
A university study once suggested that increasing fibre intake can help shed unwanted pounds. Detoxification alongside dietary changes will have significantly more positive and lasting effects on weight loss efforts than just detoxing alone.
2. Supports overall colon health
All the toxins taken into the body will eventually make their way to the colon. By cleansing the colon (and liver), lingering toxins removed from the body can prevent damage to surrounding organs and the onset of disease. Ridding the body of waste supports the many functions of the colon, including digestion and proliferation of beneficial gut flora.
Occasional constipation can lead to build-up of bacteria and toxins, which makes for poor digestion and vice versa. When digestion is impaired, and constipation ensues, waste products can linger in the body. This whole process can lead to inability to absorb many nutrients taken in, leading to lack of energy and hampered immune function.
3. Rids the body of excess waste
The main purpose of detoxing is to allow the body to get rid of stored toxins and excess waste.
Detox programmes are aimed at stimulating the body’s natural ability to purge itself, including the liver, kidneys, bowel and colon. Most modern diseases are caused by the accumulation of toxic waste stored in the body, which is why detoxifying is very important.
For example, cleansing the colon is an important part of the detox process because toxins need to exit the body, and a backed up colon can cause them to be reintroduced into the body, rather than exiting as planned. Even after the detox programme, it is recommended to continue a diet rich in soluble fibres to keep the body healthy.
4. Boosts energy and helps increase energy and concentration
Purging your system of toxins allows energy from the intestines to focus elsewhere. Having a body free from harmful toxins can leave you feeling lighter, more energetic and lively, resulting in greater mental clarity and brain function. While detoxing, you should replace harmful sugars and fatty foods with natural fruits and vegetables. Nutrition is crucial to physical and mental health and weak absorption of nutrients can lead to loss of concentration. In addition to having more energy, absorption of bio-available vitamins responsible for mental clarity is also improved—meaning concentration is also supported and increased.
5. Great for improving skin
The skin is the body’s largest organ so all detox efforts will impact the skin. A lot of detoxification takes place via the skin. We always recommend going to a sauna as part of your programme to help the body sweat out additional toxins. Many people are pleasantly surprised by clearer, smoother skin at the end of their detox plan. It's also been reported that detoxing can help with acne, although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and a sign that you're on the right track with your programme. Patience and dedication to the detox programme is what makes all the difference between success and failure.
6. Helps promote healthier hair
You lose approximately 100 hairs a day, which are meant to be replaced daily based on the health and nutritional composition of your body. A lot of herbs, vitamins and minerals consumed during a detox have a direct impact on the quality and health of your hair. Healthy hair looks better and is harder to break. This is why it's important to keep the body functioning at its full potential through a regular detoxing strategy.
When your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins, you'll see and feel the difference in your hair. In many instances hair gets shinier, stronger and feels softer to the touch. In addition, many people on a detox and lifestyle change programme report thicker hair and improved recovery of hair lost due to male pattern baldness.
7. Clearer thinking
A cleanse not only benefits your body, but it also strengthens the state of your mind. Meditation is a great way to relax your mind and lower your stress levels. While the detox is purging your body and cleansing it of toxins, remember to focus on your mental health at the same time. People on a detox often comment that they lose that sense of fogginess and are able to think more clearly during the detox than when not on it. This is partly due to the removal of many of the sugar-filled and fat-filled foods surrounding us each day that cause us to feel lethargic and can factor heavily in the quality of our thinking.
8. Helps strengthen the immune system
Detoxifying the body also strengthens the immune system. When your organs are clean and free to function as they should, your body is better able to absorb nutrients, including vitamin C which is vital for proper immune function.
The best detox programmes include a recommended intake of vitamin C and herbs, which help support the lymphatic system. This system is an important player in keeping you healthy long-term. Many detox programmes also focus on light exercises, which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and help it to drain, further strengthening your immune system in the process.
9. Helps increase hydration
During your detox we recommend drinking at least three litres of water per day. Detoxing without increasing hydration is like trying to wash a sink full of dishes without water. Proper hydration plays a crucial role in disease prevention. It keeps our moisture-rich organs (skin, eyes, mouth, and nose) functioning well, it lubricates and cushions joints, regulates body temperature and metabolism, just to name a few of its many functions.
Many doctors believe that proper hydration can help prevent chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, because water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. Adequate water consumption can also slow the signs of ageing and improve conditions such as constipation, diabetes, hypoglycaemia, obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, dry skin, wrinkles, cataracts and glaucoma.
10. Great for improving sleep
Detoxing the bowel and colon allows undigested waste products to be pushed through the system and safely eliminated creating a less toxic environment in the gut. Lingering waste can breed bacteria, slow down absorption and cause toxins to enter the blood. When this toxin-filled blood travels to the brain it can interfere with neurotransmissions and brain function responsible for regulating and producing restful sleep.
11. Better breath
Some people witness better natural breath a couple of weeks into their detox programme. One reason for bad breath is a backed up colon. During a detox, you are able to clear it out and get your digestive system functioning well again. As a result, your breath will see a natural improvement over the coming weeks.
12. Anti-ageing benefits
As already mentioned, detoxing has many long-term benefits, one of which is anti-ageing.
One contributing factor to the ageing process is the constant barrage of toxins that our bodies have to contend with every day. The trans-fats, sugar and caffeine we feed our bodies daily stay in our systems for a long time, introducing free radicals and bad toxins into our body. Detoxing not only gives short-term benefits, but those following lifestyle change programmes see long-term benefits that combat premature ageing. However, for this to work it is important to make the relevant lifestyle changes that can be maintained beyond the programme. Maintaining the newly acquired knowledge along with an improved diet and getting daily activity are great ways to ensure that you feel good each moment of your life.
13. Lighter feeling
Unencumbered by sugar and fat that make it lethargic, the body will feel ‘lighter’ as you progress through your detox.
There are several reasons why this would be the case, especially when resting the digestive system as part of the programme. When you stop eating foods that weigh you down and replace them with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, a lighter feeling is bound to occur. Your body naturally replenishes the energy you lose throughout the day with the help of a good, organic diet.
14. Promotes healthy changes
A detox may last from three to six weeks or so, but the changes it makes in your lifestyle are long-term. A detox programme can be your gateway to a healthier life.
If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, or fried or crunchy foods you can use a detox programme to help you kill those cravings. If you cleanse the body and replace those foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.
15. Improved sense of wellbeing
A successful detox takes hard work, dedication and a positive attitude. Detoxing can be a great way to introduce a change in your lifestyle for the better. When you detox, you feel good; and when you feel good, good things happen.
Whatever your reason for starting a detox, whether it is losing weight or lowering stress, it is important to keep the positive changes long after the detox programme is over.
When you set the stage for wellbeing, you are going to improve all areas of your life. Just this one change can help you build better relationships, be more productive at work or in your hobbies, and simply enjoy life to its full potential.
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