Day 25 - Physical
So, you’re curious. Detoxification. It’s an appealing concept, this cleansing your body of impurities and resetting your health habits. That is, until you realize it’s 7 days of straight juicing or weeks of raw veggies. If you’ve looked into a traditional cleanse, only to end up covered in Oreo crumbs at the idea of such a daunting task, you’re not alone. But who says a detox has to be this way? If you’re eager to reset your habits or simply craving a break from all the junk… Detox Day to the rescue! Think of it as a Sunday for your insides: one day for your body to rest from the work of breaking down all that was consumed the rest of the week… a 24 hour commitment to delicious and nutritious whole food.
Detox, short for “detoxification”, is not a modern-day invention or new health fad. Detoxifications have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Simply put, detoxification is the process of resting, cleaning, and nourishing the body from the inside out. Most often, we can accomplish this through our diet by eliminating harmful foods while feeding our bodies essential, healthy nutrients.
How Toxic Are You?
Shampoo, deodorant, beauty products, toothpaste, laundry detergent, coffee and even the food we eat are often filled with a variety of harmful chemicals. Before we even leave our house in the morning we have likely already inhaled, swallowed and absorbed numerous toxins. Even when we aren’t exposed to them directly, toxins can be created in our bodies when we experience anxiety or stress. Easy to enter but not quick to exit. Toxins can store themselves in our fat cells and build up over time. This accumulation of harmful substances is referred to as “body burden” and may lead to a variety of illnesses. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of toxicity as well as reasons to detox here.
Upon completing my first detox, I felt fantastic. Like a slate wiped clean with a considerable reduction or elimination of my personal health woes. This process propelled me into a new lifestyle focused on organic living and whole foods. (Click here to see more of my incredible experience). Some benefits you may experience through detoxification may include:
-Boost in energy
-Immune system support
- Reduced headaches
-Jumpstart to healthy-lifestyle changes
Introducing Detox Day
Wondering where to begin? I’ve made it easy to get started with a handy infographic. Click HERE for my Detox Day Infographic containing one day's worth of delicious, detox-approved recipes to get you started over.
1. Learn more about the toxins we consume through pesticides on our food. Make wiser choices in the produce aisle using my “Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen” list that shows you which foods are most important to buy organic and which can be bought conventional to stay on a budget.
2. When you can’t buy organic, try using an all-natural fruit & vegetable wash (I’ve used this one in the past). Often available in the produce aisle, these are simple to use and help remove harmful toxins from produce before eating.
3. Look for all-natural alternatives to your everyday products. A variety of chemical-free options for toothpaste, house cleaners, detergents and makeup are available from brands like Tom’s, Seventh Generation and The Honest Company.
With your partner, pick one day (it’s only 24 hours) to give your bodies a well-deserved break. There’s nothing to fear. And who knows where it will lead you? Each health journey starts the same way... with ONE day. Make yours a Detox Day!
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[jbox title="About the Author:" border="5" radius="15"] Megan is a Doctor of Audiology, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, wife, yoga-lover and ever-evolving health aspirer. Having transformed her own health, she’s eager to help you transform yours. She believes in power in its purest form: FOOD. Whole foods, to be precise. So pick up a fork and join her in a revolution of habits, health and happiness. A WHOLE new life awaits! Read more about her reformation of health and wellness at My Whole Food Habit.[/jbox]