January is that disheartening time of year when many of us must face the music of our holiday debauchery.
All that revelry has a price – our waistlines have expanded from too many cheese platters and sugar cookies, our livers are exhausted from all that good cheer, and our bank accounts are painfully overdrawn. Add to that the fact that we’re still a long way away from Spring, and you’ve got a recipe for the winter blues.
This discouraging state of affairs can, however, serve as the impetus to make positive and healthy life changes, and many will be doing just that in the form of New Year’s resolutions.
One of the most common focal points for post-holiday season resolve is health. There’s a good reason gym memberships, diet programs, and exercise equipment sales all skyrocket in January.
If you’re feeling a little down as a result of all that holiday excess, and you’re looking for a great way to kick-start the New Year with a plan to lose those extra pounds, get healthy AND feel happier, following a detoxification diet may just be right for you.
Essentially, a detox diet is one that cleanses and purifies the body of its accumulated bodily waste. This toxic load can impair organ function, mental well-being, and cognitive functioning.
These toxins and wastes build up over time as a result of a number of factors, including poor diet, stress, environmental exposure, personal and household products, and pharmaceuticals, drugs, and alcohol. Since all of us are exposed to most of these factors on a daily basis, we could likely all benefit from regular detoxification practices.
Toxins can and do negatively impact every part of the body. Some signs that you may be laboring under a heavy toxic load include:
- weight gain or loss
- bloating, digestive pain or constipation
- chemical or food sensitivities
- hormonal imbalance
- skin problems (eczema, acne, pimples, dry skin)
- fatigue and insomnia
- depression or anxiety attacks
- poor memory and concentration
- erratic behavior, emotional reactivity, moodiness
Cleaning up your diet is a great way to reduce the amount of toxins entering your body (reducing or eliminating sugars, processed foods, pesticides and chemicals, unhealthy fats, drugs, alcohol), but you can go a step further by performing a detoxifying diet plan once or twice a year.
Typically, these one to three-week detox plans restrict toxic sources in the diet, as well as common trigger foods such as soy, wheat, eggs, and dairy, while at the same time supporting the elimination of stored bodily toxins by way of herbal supplements and teas.
While you may feel a slight increase or worsening of your symptoms in the first few days of a detox diet or cleanse, the benefits are numerous and significant: better digestion and organ function, reduced inflammation, hormonal balancing, improved immunity, reduced cravings & sensitivities, and clearer, brighter skin.
You’ll also lose a few of those unwanted holiday pounds, feel less moody and emotionally reactive, and your concentration, clarity, and focus will all improve.