Why Regular and Natural Detox is so Important For Your Body

The word “toxins” has sort of become the newest boogeyman in the world of health and wellness. People blame them for health disorders, stress, aging, and many other things, and there are many products meant to help you detox.

But why is it important to get rid of toxins? Does it even matter? Here are a few reasons you should detox regularly:

  1. Fight chronic disease — Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and many neurological diseases have been linked to toxic buildup in the human body, so detoxing can help to reduce your risk of developing these diseases. Toxins can also causes these diseases to worsen, which is why it’s a good idea to detox regularly if you suffer from a chronic illness.
  2. Promote weight loss –– Did you know that toxins stop you from losing weight? Toxic buildup in your body causes your metabolism to slow down, and it can even prevent our bodies from being able to burn fat properly. By detoxing, you get rid of the toxins that are stored in fat cells and which slow down your metabolism.
  3. Improve immune function –– Toxins are difficult for your body to get rid of, so your immune system is often called in to fight off these invading chemicals. This distracts it from its true threat–infections and bacteria–and it may cause you to get sick. Detoxing frees up your immune system to focus on keeping you healthy and free of disease.
  4. Reduce signs of aging — When you age, your skin, organs, hair, bones, and muscles degrade, and that degradation is only made worse by toxins. Toxins can cause free radicals to form, and those free radicals can cause the aging to worsen. By detoxing, you increase the amount of nutrients your body can absorb from the food you eat.
  5. Improve the health of your skin and hair –– When your skin begins to wrinkle, fade, and sag, it is often the result of toxins building up beneath the skin’s surface. Toxins stop your body from producing the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin looking great, so it’s important to detox for your skin and hair’s sake!
  6. Boost digestive health — When you have a lot of toxins built up in your body, your digestive system is unable to function properly. You’ll find that problems like IBS or leaky gut syndrome are often the result of toxic build-up in the intestines or stomach, so detoxing regularly can reduce the risk of digestive health issues.
  7. Improve quality of life — When you use detoxing products like detox foot patches or baths, you reduce the risk of toxins causing headaches, sleep problems, joint pains, digestive disorders, fatigue, and so many other problems that can reduce the quality of life.

Need any more reasons to detox? It’s so vital to your health that it’s hard to imagine a month going by without a natural detox!

Written by Chris Miller

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Alternatives to Refined Sugar

In order to get refined sugar, there is a process that removes the molasses from raw sugarcane. Raw sugar is brown, not white. Now, most of us probably have been consuming white sugar for years in the form of granulated sugar, sugar cubes, or powdered sugar. You may want to consider trying some healthier alternatives. Some reasons are:

  1. It increases blood sugar levels. Refer to my blog post entitled How to Avoid Diabetes. Blood sugar levels spike; dopamine increases and secreted insulin drops blood sugar levels. The cycle begins again when blood sugar levels drop, and the hunger and cravings start.
  2. It is addictive. Just as some people struggle with drug addiction, it’s the same with sugar. I have friends and acquaintances that put multiple packets of sugar in their cups of coffee and tea. We all know folks that drink soda after soda on a daily basis. They need the sugar “high”. Refer to my blog post on Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda-Regular and Diet.
  3. It depresses your immune system. Consuming too much sugar inhibits the immune system cells to attack bacteria. For example, diabetics, whose bodies produce little or no insulin, are prone to frequent yeast infections because the yeast is attracted to sugar.

Here are some healthier, natural alternatives.

  • Stevia-you can find this at any health food store, Trader Joe’s, or you can order it on Amazon
  • Honey-make sure it’s all natural and not the blend
  • Maple syrup-you can purchase from any grocery or gourmet food store
  • Molasses-this results from refining sugarcane or sugar beets
  • Agave nectar-this is extracted from the blue agave plant 

For some healthy additions:

  1. Try adding honey and fruit to plain oatmeal. Instant, flavored oatmeal has lots of sugar.
  2. Now that the weather is getting cooler, you can add stevia, honey, or agave nectar to a cup of hot tea. They all work well.
  3. For coffee, depending on how you like it, just add flavored creamer and not sugar. There are many non-dairy, gluten-free creamers on the market. This is how I like my coffee.

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