What are the benefits of metabolic detoxification? Why you should consider it as part of your health regime?
Our day-to-day lives place many physical and emotional demands on us. This alone is a great reason to consider a detox. As we learned from the prior article on food detox, it is vital to nurture our internal organs (liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system, sweat glands), especially since they are working overtime during stressful periods in our lives. Yes, you read it here. Nurture our internal organs. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to this lingo throughout our gut health series.
Dealing with stress overload
We tend to take for granted just how perfectly our bodies work until something goes wrong. It’s kind of like working on your computer all day, every day. Things function smoothly most of the time but when you have one little system problem, the whole work day goes haywire. Our bodies experience system trouble too, from emotional and physical stress, improper nutrition, insufficient sleep, etc. A body reboot may be in order!
When your body gives you a wakeup call
The human body is really quite brilliant when it comes to sending us the messages we need to take better care of it. The kicker, however, is….do we listen to our bodies the way we should? Some of us are more tuned into our body’s clues than others, while some people ignore and deny there are any problems until the damage is irreversible. (More on that later.)
How will food detox help me?
One of the biggest reasons people embark on a detox program is to improve their energy levels. This comes as no surprise, since many of us are like walking zombies, dependent on our next jolt of caffeine or chocolate to get us through the days. Mmmm, did someone say chocolate? OK, chocolate isn’t actually part of this program, but it’s nice to dream!
In addition to raising your energy levels, other benefits of detoxing include:
- Improved overall health
- Reduction in frequent or severe symptoms of certain diseases associated with toxicity
- Improved internal organ function
- Better immune system
- Nicer breath
- Clearer skin
- Improved thinking and mental clarity
- Balanced emotions
- Improved self-confidence and empowerment
- New healthy habits and routines
- Improved longevity
- Shinier hair
- Weight loss: According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, “Recent studies indicate that weight gain may be more complicated than originally thought. No matter what the diet may be, when toxins are injected into animals, they have a greater chance of gaining weight. Many people are unaware of the weight connection with toxins, food triggers, and metabolic dysfunction.”
As much as we can all hope, it is virtually impossible to coast through life without ever experiencing some health bumps in the road. We are only given this one body and it is absolutely essential to respect its limits and nurture it when it cries for help. We can use metabolic detoxification as a means to achieving lasting overall health. Next, we will explore the concept of “toxic burden” and why you should care about it. In the meantime, we hope all of your systems, both body and computer, continue to run smoothly.