SPRING DETOX - POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES
Spring is the time when nature wakes up from winter sleep and a kind of restart of life around us. We too perceive this rebirth and a new start. We have more energy, are in a better mood and can get a lot more done than during the dreary winter. In order to support this transformation, various types of spring detoxes have become extremely popular in recent years, with which we try to get rid of all the bad things and start up physically and mentally. Even though detox is not new, you have to be careful about its aggressive forms.
Extremes that harm
Detox is short for detoxification, the process of removing toxins and waste from the body. Spring detox is becoming a popular trend and many people consider it an effective way to cleanse their body of harmful substances. The origin of detox as a cleansing method dates back to ancient Greece, and its forms can be observed across all historical epochs. Despite centuries of use of this method, it is a highly controversial technique that divides experts into two opposing camps.
However, both groups agree on extreme diets and cleansing treatments. Aggressive diets can be too drastic and lead to malnutrition and dehydration. Some detox programs may contain laxatives and diuretics, which can cause unpleasant side effects such as headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. Another risk of detox is, for example, a decrease in metabolic processes in the body, which can lead to a loss of muscle mass and a decrease in energy levels.
A healthy approach to nutrition
Instead, we should focus on a healthy and balanced approach to eating and supporting our organs that naturally detoxify the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. We can support this process by drinking enough water and consuming enough fiber. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid excessive consumption of salty, fatty and processed foods.
If we decide to detox, we should make sure that it is a safe and healthy process. Detox should be gradual and focused on supporting our organs, not on extreme dietary restrictions. We can also consider supplementing our diet with detoxifying foods such as green leafy vegetables, herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables that can help our bodies in the detoxification process.
A month without alcohol
One of the favorable forms of detox can be total abstinence from alcohol. Although this initiative is primarily associated with February, we can try it at any time. Alcohol is a big burden for the human body, and with every drink we voluntarily add poison to our body. Therefore, completely avoiding alcohol can have a much greater impact than overpriced detoxification products. The remains and effects of alcohol are noticeable on the body even after many weeks. For example, the skin begins to regenerate from alcohol only during the month of abstinence, and the regeneration of the liver occurs only in a period of two months. It is therefore not harmful to prolong abstinence.
If we decide to detox, we should make sure that we are doing it for health and to feel better, not because of new fashion trends or a sophisticated advertising campaign on the Internet. Do not be ashamed to consult your doctor about the upcoming detox, who will recommend or reject the appropriateness of the given procedure.
AUTHOR: Michal Haviar