Is it Necessary to Detox?
Detox diets are everywhere with a promise to help you loose weight quicker and make you healthier. But the question arises, do they work and are they necessary for good health? There is no evidence that detox diets do any kind of detoxification in your body, but there is evidence that with optimal digestion the body takes in food and turns it into the fuel which it then uses for different tasks such as providing energy the body requires to repair cells and tissues and to identify and remove waste products.
What You Can Do to Improve Your Digestive Health
As with any systems, our digestive system needs resources to support its natural detoxification efforts. There are a few things you can do on a daily basis to get optimal digestion and absorption up and running.
1. Move More: Exercise helps the muscles in our digestive tract to move smoothly. Find an exercise routine that you love as this will increase your probability of partaking in it on a regular basis. Yoga is highly recommended to help you work on mindfulness, breathing, stretching and good posture and it can be a highly beneficial exercise to aid digestion.
2. Learn to Listen to Your Fullness Cues: Avoid overwhelming your digestive tract by eating and drinking just enough at one time. Make a conscious decision to stop eating when you start feeling full no matter how delicious that “cheesecake” tastes. Save it for later and give your body a manageable digestive workload that will allow it to digest the food efficiently and effectively.
3. Eat Supportive Nutrients: Choose to eat foods that support the body’s natural detoxification system. Foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds and healthy fats can provide the body with the soluble and insoluble fibers that aid the digestive tract in different ways. Eat quality fermented foods such as yoghurt and kefir on a daily basis to add probiotics in your diet. Probiotics can enhance nutrient absorption and they counter the bad bacteria ingested through our mouths and skin.
4. Balance Your Fiber Intake: We hear it all the time, “eat lots of fiber”, but too much fiber at once can overwhelm the digestive tract. Balance your fiber intake by splitting it throughout the day, aim for 5-10 grams of fiber at one time.
5. Drink Plenty of Water: Try drinking half your body weight in pounds throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 170lbs, aim to drink 85 ounces of water daily.
6. Savour Your Meals: Take time to enjoy your meals and chew your food more thoroughly.
Strive to make better choices when coming to your nutrition and not perfect choices! If you suffer from symptoms such as reflux, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and they don’t improve after lifestyle modifications such as those mentioned in this article, it is recommended to see your doctor or a dietician and request a digestive assessment.
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