by Debbie Neumayer
Copyright August 9, 2018. All rights reserved.
Cleansing and detox diets are in the news these days. Everyone--from Hollywood celebrities to your next door neighbor--seems to be jumping on the detox express. However, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The concept behind it is really quite simple and makes sense. Just as the outside of your body needs to be washed and kept clean on a daily basis, so does your internal self. If you are alive, then you are constantly inhaling, eating, and drinking toxins. Your body maintains innate ways to cope with the toxins and eliminate them via pathways such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and skin. However, there is only so much it can handle. Today our bodies are very much overwhelmed.
Consider the impact of the following data. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps tabs on annual toxic emissions by industries (including manufacturing, mining, electric utilities and commercial hazardous waste facilities). According to their report, billions of pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment nationwide, annually. Each year the amounts spewed into the air, land, and water through various channels only increase.
Compound your exposure by the number of days you’ve been alive (multiply your age by 365) and you can see that the body is overwhelmed. When your body confronts excess toxins it can’t eliminate, it does the only logical thing: it stores them in fat cells. (That’s one reason you don’t want to eat animal products from non-organically raised farms. Their meat – but especially their fat-- is full of growth hormones, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and all kinds of other harmful chemicals that get into your body when you ingest it).
Ten years ago, the Associated Press took on the arduous task investigating the municipal water supplies of 24 metropolitan areas across the United States. Over the course of five months, samplings revealed residues of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines (including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones) in the drinking water supplies of approximately 41 million Americans.
These drugs are excreted into the water from people taking medications. Their bodies don’t absorb all of the pharmaceuticals and the excess residues are flushed down the toilet. Most water treatment processes are not equipped to remove all of them so you get them in your drinking water. The AP investigation found that many water providers are reluctant to publish this data as part of their disclosures to the public, so most leave the information out.
Besides traces of drugs, you are exposed to other pollutants in tap water such as chlorine, fluoride, agricultural toxins, and heavy metals. When you use personal care products, such as shampoos, creams and soaps, some of their chemicals are absorbed through the pores. When you eat processed and commercially prepared foods, you could be ingesting genetically modified organisms, preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, and other toxins in processed food. The list goes on and it all adds up!
So when it comes time to try and lose those stubborn pounds—guess what. Your body won’t release the fat because the toxins harbored there might poison you! (The body is very smart). Of course, eating a nutritious diet and avoiding excess calories, drinking plenty of pure water throughout the day, and exercising and getting enough rest are important to an effective weight loss approach. However, detoxification is a vital missing piece of the weight loss puzzle because it helps your body safely release toxins from fat cells.
Fortunately, nature offers an array of phyto (plant) chemicals in fruits and vegetables that assist with this process. Vitamin C is a cleansing nutrient found abundantly in most fruit sources. Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage) contain a compound called sulforaphane, which helps the liver detoxify and eliminate many harmful chemicals.
Intermittent fasting is another holistic approach to quickly release unwanted pounds and inches. This practice refers to cycles of abstaining from food and then eating during a specified period of time. Intermittent fasting has shown to produce weight loss just as well as that experienced with long-term calorie restriction. It has shown to reduce body fat mass and improve insulin sensitivity, as well as bring cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure to favorable readings. There are different ways to approach intermittent fasting: Whole-day fasting, alternate day fasting, and time-restricted feeding. (I go into more details in my ebook, mentioned below).
If you’ve been trying all kinds of diets without success, try a powerful cleansing approach. Since detoxifying is a vital part of the weight loss solution, start cleansing now and enjoy your new slim 2018 silhouette!
Action Tip #1: For impressive results, you’ll want to employ a natural 30-day program designed specifically for this purpose. Learn about the weight loss power of cleansing, intermittent fasting, nutrient-dense nutrition and more in my ebook Lose Weight the Healthy Way: Your Easy Program to Slim Down & Tone Up in 30 Days. Order here today!
Action Tip #2: Visit the Weight Loss Club page on this site to discover how releasing unwanted fat and inches can be fun when you invite your friends to participate with you!
Debbie Neumayer has dedicated her life to researching and writing about nutrition and natural medicine. She enjoys sharing this information and helping people discover paths to greater health and wealth.