• Before You Enhance: Detox

    image1There is a wide range of reasons people commonly detox. It may be that you want to shed some holiday weight with a detox diet, reverse the effects of an unhealthy habit such as drinking or smoking, or you are simply trying to stay healthy while living in a sometimes polluted and toxic environment. Whatever your reason, we’ll give some examples of simple things you can do at home to get you started.

    Detoxification or “detox” for short can refer to several different processes used to accomplish different goals. By it’s general definition, it’s the process of removing toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body. There are differing opinions on if detoxing is really effective in removing toxins from your body. Scientifically, it may be impossible to know how effective different detox programs are at doing just that. In our opinion, as long as you find a program that uses natural ingredients and isn’t overly extreme for your body, the potential benefits can greatly outweigh any temporary discomfort you may experience. These benefits include: liver, kidney, gastrointestinal and blood purification; enhancement of the immune system; enhancement of the hormonal system; and reduction of the body’s dependency on sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other addictive substances.

    Before choosing a detox program, we’d recommend that you first define what you want to gain and how much commitment you can realistically make to the program. One way to make defining the goal a bit easier is to think of the detox as a way to give your body a break from any unnatural intake and to restore your body’s natural functions. Additionally, detoxing could be a great way to cleanse your system before starting a supplement program to enhance the development of your bust. During your detox, remember to pay close attention to what your body is telling you. If you gain only one thing, it could be that you know the way your body functions a little bit better.

    Simple DIY Budget Detox

    Oil Pulling

    This is a ancient oral health technique that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Some studies have shown that this simple process can help eliminate yucky mouth germs that can cause gingivitis, plaque and bad breath. The theory here is that the germs if your mouth are mostly microorganisms that consist of a single cell that naturally adhere to oil when in contact. So how is it done? Follow these instructions and tips to get the quick and easy of oil pulling.

    • Use a tablespoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil has the added benefit of having lauric acid, which is well-known to be a natural anti-microbial.
    • Before putting anything in your mouth, including drinking water or brushing your teeth, swish the coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes.
    • Don’t swallow. 20 minutes can be a long time. Work oil pulling into your daily morning routine and distract yourself so that the 20 minutes goes by faster.
    • Spit, but not into your sink. Coconut oil has different consistencies in different temperatures and can easily create a nasty clog.
    • Don’t forget to brush. Oil pulling can have great dental benefits, but is recommended to be used as a supplement to your regular morning flossing and brushing.

    Drink Water

    First start your day off by drinking a cup of hot water with the juice from half of a lemon added (approximately 3-4 tablespoons). Doing this will help to stimulate the liver. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Some suggest you should drink at least half an ounce for every pound you weigh. In other words, divide your weight by half then drink that many ounces. You should drink a bit more than this if you regularly consume a lot of caffeine, due to the fact that it is a diuretic. Try adding lemon to the water you drink throughout the day to assist in the cleansing process. Another benefit of drinking plenty of water will be to flush out your kidneys.

    Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar is commonly used for various cooking purposes, but did you know that it potentially has health benefits as well? Using it is simple. Just drink 1-2 tablespoons of high-quality, unfiltered apple cider vinegar once a day before a meal. If you aren’t quite used to the taste, try mixing it in a cup of water with a little bit of honey or fruit juice. Here’s a list of the potential benefits of adding it to your diet.

    • It could help you lose weight.
    • Fights bad breath by using it’s anti-bacterial properties to reduce bacteria and plaque in your mouth.
    • It can reduce blood pressure.
    • Fermented foods such as apple cider vinegar have been shown to aid digestion.
    • It is high in antioxidants. Some research has shown that having a diet high in antioxidants may help reduce your cancer risks.
    • It has been known to lower blood sugar levels and can therefore be useful to people with diabetes.
    • Some studies have shown that it can lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, promoting cardiovascular health.

    3 Day Apple Only Diet

    This is a fasting detox, so it’s important that you consult your doctor before beginning. Fasting in general, has been shown to have several benefits on the body including but not limited to, better cardiovascular health, weight loss, increased life longevity, and the reduced risk of certain diseases such as diabetes. The how-to of the fast is very simple. For the three days of your fast, the only food you will be allowed to eat are apples. However, you can eat as many apples as you would like. Here are some tips to help you get through it.

    • Drink water and stay hydrated.
    • It’s recommended that you buy the highest quality, organic apples so that you avoid pesticides and additives that can be counter-productive to your detox.
    • Buy several different types of apples so that you are more likely to stick with the fast without getting fed up. Liberty, Honeycrisp, Granny smith, Red delicious, and Braeburn are all considered good choices.
    • Gradually return to your normal diet after fasting. Your digestive system may be a little sensitive so be careful not to consume a lot of rich and unhealthy foods right away.
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