Are you gaining weight for no good reason? Do you catch every cold and flu you come into contact with? Do you have trouble sleeping? Maybe you suffer from mood swings, migraines, and achy joints? If you feel unwell, look unwell, and are just plain exhausted all the time, it might be a sign that your body could use a detox.
Toxins are almost impossible to avoid these days. Our environment is filled with them from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat. Sometimes even our jobs expose us to high levels of toxins. But even if they don’t, they’re in our walls, our floors, our furniture, our electronics, and our cars. And unless you buy the super expensive special stuff from the health food store, they’re even in our cleaning products, cosmetics, deodorants, and shampoos!
What is Detoxing?
While our bodies are designed to process and flush out toxins by way of the liver and kidneys, modern life can make their workload a little hard to keep up with. So what is a detox exactly? Since your body can rid itself of toxins without any help from you, thank you, what does this entail?
Basically, you are minimizing toxins in areas you do have control of – generally your diet and home. You are also eating more things that support your liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and digestion. Depending on your location, lifestyle, and diet, you may or may not need to detox every so often to stay healthy. I like to think of it as a yearly tune-up.
Do you need to detox?
Maybe you live up in the mountains far away from everything. All of your food comes from your own biodynamic farm, you make your own soap, and ride your horse whenever it’s too far to walk. Then again, maybe you don’t.
Take this quiz and find out if you could use a detox.
Circle the answer that best describes your situation:
Fatigue and Constant Energy Crashes
- All the time
Flu’s and Colds
- Once in a while
- Like a baby
- Usually ok
- Not well
- Great focus and clear thinking
Achy Joints and Inflammation
Gas & Bloating
- Perfect Skin
- Mild irritation
- Red, puffy, impurities, breakouts
- Peaceful & Serene
- That time of the month
- Anxious, depressed, cranky, up and down like a yo-yo
Sugar, Fat, Salt Cravings
- All the time!
- 1-2 per day
- 3 or more per day
- 1 or less per week
- 2-4 times per week
- 5 or more drinks per week
Food and Drinks
- 90% organic
- 50% organic
- Never organic
- 0-2 times per month
- 1 or more times per week
- 1 or more every day
- Sometimes around others who smoke
- I smoke or live with/work around second hand smoke
- No way!
- 5 or more times per week
- 8 or more glasses pure water per day
- 4-7 glasses pure water per day
- I don’t drink water
- 3 or more times per week
- 1-2 times per week
- I don’t exercise
Now add up all the numbers you circled to see your result.Score
18 – 27 You’re good, keep up the good work!
28 – 36 You would definitely benefit from a detox.
37 – 54 Detox emergency!
What is a holistic detox and why should you do it?
A holistic detox focuses on your whole self and treats not only your body, but also your mind and spirit. So, not only do you refresh and renew your body, you come out of it with a new you! This new you is not only healthier and more energetic, but also happier and more empowered. Detoxing in this way has a far more profound and lasting effect on your entire life.
How long should you detox?
Three weeks is a good amount of time to reset your body and get it running properly again. It is also the perfect amount of time to cement new good habits so your life will be transformed. If you are very self-motivated have a supportive home life, then a book should do the trick. But many people find it emotionally challenging and do better with group programs. Detoxing with a group gives you access to a coach. You can ask questions, check in, get feedback, and interact with other members so you can share experiences and support each other.