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Detoxing After Christmas - the Do's and Don'ts

Detoxing After Christmas - the Do's and Don'ts | Mr Vitamins
The Christmas parties have passed, you’ve completed your all-day eating marathons, and you’ve indulged in a few celebratory glasses of bubbles. Now is about the time you might be (or should be) thinking about a detox.

Why should you consider detoxing?

Detoxing is considered an effective way to enhance overall health and vitality. Essentially it involves cleansing the body from the inside out, getting rid of toxins through the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. To be even more specific, detoxification rejuvenates the organs at a cellular level; stimulates the liver and kidneys to drive toxins from the body; promotes more efficient elimination through the bowels, kidneys and skin; improves lymphatic and blood circulation; and re-energises the body!

Many things can leave toxins behind them

Besides a generally unhealthy or unbalanced diet, there are many things that can leave toxins in your body. These include alcohol and coffee consumption, smoking, medication such as steroids and oral contraceptives, exposure to pesticides, heavy metals and sprays. If you’re not sure whether you’re 'toxic' enough to require a detox, here are some common signs that you’ve got a few lingering nasties in your organs: Common signs, common signs • Bad breath,• Allergies • Unexplained fatigue,• Difficulty sleeping • Constipation,• Joint pain • Frequent infections,• Dark circles under the eyes • Menstrual problems,• Headaches • Foggy brain, • Rashes and itchiness or skin sensitivity • Strong body odour,• Difficulty losing weight • Cellulite, • Gallstones

Detoxing has two sides

Like all things in life, there are two sides to detoxification. While it can be a delightfully energising experience for some people, others can find the detoxification road a tough one, enduring side effects along the way. Should you decide that a detox is what you need to combat your post-holiday indulgence, it’s best to go in with your eyes wide open.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
  • Increased energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved sleep
  • Faster recovery after exercise
  • Clearer skin
  • Reduction in body odour
  • Fresher breath
  • Improved mental clarity, memory, concentration and overall      mood
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Increased gas, bloating and cramping
  • Coughing up mucus
During detoxification it is important to listen to your body and try to persist even if it means cutting back on the dosage (of any supplements you are taking) for a couple of days if the going gets really tough. While there are some detox programs that favour specific techniques like juice cleansing, often detoxification just involves eating naturally nutritional food and avoiding foods and chemicals that leave toxins in your body. Many people also use supplements to help stimulate the process.

When detoxing, here are some helpful do and don’ts:

EAT/DRINK MORE 

 AVOID
  • Unrefined, whole foods found in their natural state
  • Raw, leafy, bitter greens in salads
  • Juices or smoothies (they’re great for the liver and digestive system)
  • Carrots, pumpkin, capsicums and all other yellow/orange fruit and vegetables (they’re full of antioxidants)
  • Whole grain carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and sweet potato (instead of potatoes, pasta, white rice and bread)
  • Lean fresh meat and fish (they’re good sources of protein)
  • Vegetables from the brassica family i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic and onions (they’re all good for the liver)
  • Water (and lots of it)
  • Refined and processed foods
  • Dairy
  • Saturated fats
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Chemical cleaners and skin products (natural is always better)

Mr Vitamins recommends

Good Health supplements that stimulate and support detoxification including

Find out more about Liver Tonic 17500 and Liposorb below: Good Health Liver Tonic contains milk thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke, burdock, schisandra, turmeric and the amino acid taurine, which support and cleanse the liver and gallbladder. Good Health Liposorb contains the active ingredient Chitosan - a natural extract derived from marine sources such as prawn or crab. Chitosan is able to bind to dietary fat, encouraging elimination rather than absorption of ingested fat. By blocking the absorption of high fat foods, Liposorb helps to support weight management and can also help with healthy cholesterol levels. Top Tip: As your largest organ, your skin absorbs all sorts of toxins so having regular saunas or spas can help toxins escape the body through sweat. Dry brushing skin is also a good way to remove toxins through your skin.

Have a care - detoxing may not be for you

Detoxing is not recommended for everyone, in particular pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, children, and those suffering from chronic diseases. If any of these sound like you, consult your health care professional before embarking on a detox. For most of us detoxification is a great way to cleanse our body from the inside out, and who doesn’t want to start the year off fresh?
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