Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The Truth About Detoxing

For some, a little bit of what you fancy does you good. However for others, the thought of too much indulgence over the Christmas period makes them yearn for a break from the rich food and alcohol, often consumed during the festive period.

You will often hear people say that as a result of the indulgence, they are heading for a dry January or starting a new detox diet. But what does it actually mean to detox? Read on to find out more

Detox: treatment that is intended to remove poisonous or harmful substances from your body.

Many people detox by completely stopping indulging in the toxin they are trying to remove from their body. An example is stopping smoking and substituting the nicotine with replacement patches, this method is known as cold turkey.

However, studies have shown that this method can be as equally damaging as the habit itself.

Food detoxes seem to reinvent themselves each year, normally replacing a vice with the latest superfood. Despite their annual reinvention, detoxes always work on a similar principle - to isolate or eat less of a particular food group with the goal of losing weight and becoming healthier.

Food abstinence diets have become increasingly popular over the last year, this is the idea of removing solid foods from your diet and swapping for juices or liquidised smoothies. Other examples include completely removing food from your diet for a number of hours; this is called a "fast" and originates from religious practices.

However, is cutting out our main supply of energy ever really a good thing?

The main aim of a food-based detox is to reduce the workload on the digestive system and stimulate the parts of the body that are responsible for cleansing and waste elimination.

Limiting the intake of unhealthy food that is consumed too much is always going to be a benefit. After all, moderation is key to a healthy and balanced lifestyle and it doesn't take a genius to understand that cutting down from say 3 chocolate bars a day to one, is an encouraging step towards cleaning up your sugar act. Likewise if you're aiming to reduce alcohol consumption, then the added benefits will always be that allows your body time to recover and replenish.

But can you take it too far?

We asked our in-house personal trainer and health instructor Claire Fluin for her advice on self-accessed detoxing. Here's what she had to say:

"I don't like the word dieting or detoxing as it sounds like you're starving the body of essential nutrients. And we all know by now that this method doesn't work.I do however like to do a juice detox for a few days to keep my body and skin at its best, although we don't all have the time to chop, peel and juice three times a day! So at this time of year, it's best to feed your body and skin by choosing nutritious colourful vegetables. Try to opt for a variety of colours on your plate and choose natural produce - if you can grow them in the ground or pick them off a tree, it's natural!"

For simple and healthy day-to-day living, try following these few basic rules:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid processed foods & sugars
  • Eat less refined carbohydrates (rice, potatoes & pasta)
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Remember you only get one life, feed your body to keep the cells healthy so you can live a long and healthy one!

For more health and skincare advice, book a free consultation with our skincare experts. Call 0113 282 3300 or book online.

Written for you by: Emily & Claire, Face the Future

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