If you are feeling tired, drained or simply down in life, it could be a physiological problem. Not just all in your head as I’m sure many around you may have said.
You may have heard about detox diets and eating plans designed to help restore your body to proper function. Yet do they really work and can they take you out of the slump?
A do it yourself detox program may actually be exactly what you have been looking for, because while many our making false claims, there is truth within the marketing hype.
It is true that when we get into unhealthy habits and start living an unhealthy lifestyle the organs in our body begin to malfunction and can cause problems in the body.
This is where switching to a detoxification plan including a diet and also exercise and relaxation techniques could really help to restore you good health and vitality.
While there are of course detox retreats that you could become a part of, they require a fairly large investment of both time and money, and we understand completely that many would prefer to detox at home.
While a retreat vacation is the ultimate in full body cleansing and detoxification, alongside a group of like-minded people who also wish to get and stay healthy. Detoxing from home is also a simple option and a great precursor to going on a full detox retreat.
So how do we detox from home?
There are a few simple steps you can take to start your very own DIY Detox Program all from the comfort of your own home. And it all starts with water.
Water is the most natural substance on this planet, an element that actually makes up the major majority of your own body. As well as all living things, plants, animals, everything that is alive relies on water.
And the truth about water, is that it is often overlooked. Many see it as such a base element that it doesn’t require attention and simply drink tapped water all the time, never considering why switching to an alkaline based water or at least a quality mineral water is well worth the investment at very least for the duration of your detox program.
So step one is to find a quality source of water to switch to for at least 7-days. Just give your body the chance it needs to flush out any excess calcium and other substances that may be collection on account of tapped or poor quality water.
Step two is to cut out caffeine and also alcohol completely. I know, I know. And we’re also well aware that some moderate alcohol consumption is actually linked to good health. Yet as we wish to detox the liver it certainly makes sense to cut it out completely giving your liver a chance to grow and repair itself, which then has a detoxifying impact for your entire body.
Step three is to cut out all meat, just for the duration of the detox program. We actually do not recommend going full vegan and see meat as something that, for most people, has been part of their normal healthy diet for generations. In fact chances are your ancestors have been eating meat since the beginning of human history. So it is little surprise that veganism actually has been shown to be very poor for many people’s health. Even the Dalai Lama eats meat because he cannot properly live healthily without it.
Of course no one wants animals to suffer and when there is a healthy alternative that truly meets the requirements of the body we will be completely behind it. For now however moderate meat consumption is healthy provided you are not eating processed meats. Stick to natural grass fed beef in moderation, free range chicken and wild salmon for example, and you will likely do very well on that diet.
For the duration of your home detox program however we recommend completely removing meat and switching to a plant-based diet instead. Incorporating lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits and you may also include nuts and if you feel you need extra protein the go-to protein is always going to be eggs.
Eggs are one of the best proteins on this planet. It is such a good protein source in fact that it is used as the measuring stick for all proteins. Every protein is measured against egg protein which is given the rank of 100. Everything else is ranked against it.
Egg is also a very good source of fat. FAT? Really? Yep. Fat is incredibly healthy and you should certainly be getting enough of it. Especially when you are restoring organ health and detoxifying.
Another good source of fat is fro avocado. Avocado contains lots more too, for example this is from NIH.gov
“One-half an avocado is a nutrient and phytochemical dense food consisting of the following: dietary fiber (4.6 g), total sugar (0.2 g), potassium (345 mg), sodium (5.5 mg), magnesium (19.5 mg), vitamin A (5.0 μg RAE), vitamin C (6.0 mg), vitamin E (1.3 mg), vitamin K1 (14 μg), folate (60 mg), vitamin B-6 (0.2 mg)…”
That’s a lot. Did anyone say “super food?”
So now we have a brief understanding of what to cut out — alcohol and caffeine — and what to add in — eggs and avocado. But what else should I so on my detox plan?
Exercise. This is the next crucial step to restoring your body to proper function, flushing your system and revving up natural hormones that help burn fat, reduce toxic load and cleanse the body.
All the hype you heard about exercise is true. And you ought to be getting a lot more of it.
Where to start?
We always suggest that the very best exercise to start with is walking. Walking is something that anyone can do and it is actually one of the best exercises out there too.
Walking is something you can do everyday. It doesn’t require any pre-training or special equipment. And it works your entire body, not just your legs.
Whenever you are walking ensure you are in an upright posture with your shoulders back and spine straight. There should be a slight curve at the base of your spine yet it should not be pronounced. And then you simply just do it.
If you are just starting out you may not have the energy to walk for many hours at a time, however you certainly build up to walking longer durations and at high intensity. To start with though we recommend simple intervals.
So a simple walking program can be like this.
You are heading out for a one hour walk. You are wearing the proper shoes and sweat pants because this is a workout remember, it’s not just a walk in the park.
Now start off with a simple slow walk to get your body warmed up and blood flowing. Then begin to pick up the pace a little and speed walk for 5 to 10 minutes. Listen to your body and do not pus to far to fast. It will come yet your body needs to get used to this more intensive style of walking. And while walking is generally considered a low-impact exercise injuries can and do still happen if you are not careful.
So increase the pace while maintaining proper upright form and listen to your body and how it is reacting to the exercise.
Then after you have done five to ten minutes of this fast paced walking, begin to slow it down again so you can recover while you are still moving. This one hour walk should have you moving continually. If you live in a city and need to stop at a crosswalk then simply keep your legs moving so that the exercise is consistent.
You should be moving for the entire hour however you are splitting it into intervals so you can walk fast, then slowly and recover, walk fast and then slow up to recover.
By the time you get back to your home you will find that you did a good amount of exercise and that you worked up a good sweat. That’s great! Because as your body sweats it releases toxins via pores in your skin. It’s another great way to start cleansing your body.
When you return home ensure that you have a drink that contains some good natural salts. We recommend Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt for restoring lost salts through sweat during your exercise.
This is a simple yet effective means of beginning to detoxify your body. Whether you are doing this as a pre-cleanse before attending one of our retreats or you are simply doing your own home detox, this is a great place to start while you continue on your new healthy lifestyle.