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033-main_FullYou know the feeling, one day you wake up feeling bloated, your face is covered with pimples, you are having another one of your frequent headaches, you are fatigued by noon, and unable to focus. If you find yourself experiencing these signs and more, then you should know that your body is indicating to you that it’s time to re-evaluate your diet.

What are Toxins?

Due to our busy schedules, some of us forget to eat well-balanced meals that are enriched in nutrition; this often results in our body’s inability to break down chemicals, often leading to their build up in our body. Oftentimes, chemical elements in our environment, air and food; as well as toxins found within the body, enters and slows down our body’s waste removal process. This damage to our internal systems often leads to hormonal imbalance and deficiencies; by affecting major organs like our kidney, liver, and gastrointestinal systems, our body is weakened and susceptible to illnesses, allergies, and oftentimes major ailments like cancer.

As a part of our general well-being, it is important that we take the time to cleanse our system of toxins, and this can be done through a process known as Detoxification.

What is Detox

 Detoxification is the process of eliminating waste and toxins from the body. It is not about fasting, but it is a complete change in diet and lifestyle that is supposed to enrich and nourish the body for a short amount of time. While detoxing, certain groups of food that require a lot of energy for decomposition, are eliminated from consummation, giving the internal body a “break” from constantly being overworked. “Detox-ing” the body is usually done in a short amount of time, and varies in methods. Some range from limiting one’s consummation of processed foods, to only consuming foods that are heavily densed in their liquid content. Before embarking on any kind of Detox program, it is important to first seek a physician’s advice, regardless of the number of “How-to Detox” books available. “Detox-es” are not advisable for pregnant women, people with anemia and other nutritional deficiencies. One very easy and healthy Detox program to follow is to avoid and reduce the use of sugar, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, and any other form of chemically processed foods, while consuming WHOLE organic fruits, vegetables and an adequate amount of water. Oftentimes, people mistake Detox for juice fasting, the problem with this is that “fasting” of any type that is prolonged longer than it should be, damages the body more than it repairs it. Even though Detoxing is often used to jump-start a diet plan; it in itself is not a diet, but a cleansing program and must be carefully observed. It is important every once in a while (generally recommended at least twice a year) to give your body a break from constantly processing food, by going on a Detox.

A proper Detox, when done correctly will not only clear your skin, but will improve your digestion, regulate your metabolism, and increase your body’s sense of “alertness”.

10 Comments

  1. Daydah

    August 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    great! I’m glad someone within reach took the time to talk about detox. Can you recommend any Do-it-yourself detox diets?

  2. buffy

    August 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    thanks bella 4 ds luvly article..i get dt feelin sumtyms & knw i nid to detox.

  3. Bebe

    August 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    @ daydah:
    you can do a short fruit n veg fast
    take fruits like bananas and water melon in the morning…they are quite filling and would provide necessary energy required for daily activities.
    lunch can be whole grapefruits, apples or fruit juices [avoid those made from concentrate and those that contain sugar.
    dinner can be salad. avoid the very rich ones containing eggs, corned beef and the like [u know how we do salad in naija]. also go easy on the dressing if you cannot take the salad without.

    remember to take lots of water also.

    ensure you undertake this kind of de-tox on a weekend or on days where u engage in minimal physical activity.

    all z best

  4. Me

    August 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    How long is a good detox?

  5. Aisha

    August 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Detox is great ! I try to detox my body once every 3 months, following a personal programm that works for me. I do it for abt 10 days and the difference is in m energy level, skin clearity and better inner health.

  6. Mimi Mimz

    August 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    thanx for this bella, i’m actually having one of those days now, so this article came at the right time 🙂

  7. Me

    August 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Hey! Could you tell me a little more about your detox program? I’m looking for a good routine to follow ):

  8. Abeni Ebony

    August 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    This information is so true,,it just so happens I started detoxing my body without even knowing it…Its soo works

  9. anuoluwapo

    February 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    can you expantiate more on this detoxification stuff, it’s really a burden to me.i’ve tried so many things and even the deto… processes but they don’t seem to work.

  10. LAURA

    October 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    1 have been suffering from recalcitrant malaria for over a year , and from what i gather i need to detox, so how do i go about it

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