Detox Made-Easy to Fit Your Busy Schedule
Written by Reika Kua.
Detox Made-Easy to Fit Your Busy Schedule
“Detoxification” is no longer an unfamiliar word, and I bet that most of us are well aware of its meaning, and to simplify the complicated scientific explanation, it simply means, “the process of removing accumulated toxic substances from your body”. Whether it is from the Western or Oriental Medicine’s perspective, one similar point of view is that removing harmful toxins from our body is a holistic way to improve our health.
Although this topic has been around for ages, people never seem to stop talking about it. Why? Because detoxification is one of the crucial ways to help maintain our health and it is an on-going effort. I remember an article that I have read some time ago on USA Today about the important benefits of detox, which I think there are a few important points worth sharing here.
Some of the apparent benefits of detox include promoting weight loss and weight management, boosting our energy, promoting better immune system, promoting anti-ageing effects and improving our skin’s texture and radiance, just to name a few.
In a nutshell, similar to your home piping system, if your digestive tract is clogged with years of accumulated waste and toxic substances, it will not work effectively. Hence, detox is essential to flush out the unwanted accumulated waste so that your vital organs are able to work at a better capacity to improve your body’s nutrients absorption, and improve your overall health, holistically.
What’s inside will be reflected outside!
If you are working hard, juggling between work, family and personal matters, same goes with your body. Our organs are working round-the-clock, year in, year out, and in fact, they are still working hard when we are soundly asleep, especially our kidneys, liver, lungs and skin which are involved in detoxification. Apart from these organs, our digestive system also plays a significant role in our detox programme.
To cut the long story short, due to our contemporary busy lifestyle, there are many unavoidable factors that bog down our body’s detoxification system. For instance, most of us tend to eat-out frequently during lunch or dinner due to our busy daily schedule, and what’s making it worst is that we tend to frequently consume fast-food and processed food with preservatives and additives which top up our toxin accumulation in the long run. In addition, many of us are deprived of sleep due to overloaded work and entertainment as well as lack of regular exercise that also overwhelm our organs which are involved in the detoxification process.
What’s the moral of the story here? It means that all these unavoidable lifestyle habits are bogging down your body’s detoxifying process that will take a toll on your health, especially if you don’t take some preventive measures to improve your detoxification system.
If you feel lethargic most of the times, having issues in maintaining your desired weight despite controlling your diet, and your skin lacks elasticity and lustre, then, you ought to do something about it, as your body is sending you a signal to alert you on your health condition — what’s inside will be reflected outside!
Detox Made-Easy for Busy People
Let’s get back to reality! Forget about those conventional hard-to-follow detox methods that require you to fast for weeks without other food intake and rely solely on some blended vegetable or fruit juice, especially if you are always busy and on-the-go.
It’s all about practicality. Alternatively, you may try these simple detox steps that are easy to follow, save time and costs, and most importantly, they are effective!
Tips: Pre-Plan Your Detox Schedule
Plan ahead to ensure that your detox week is free of interruptions such as events which usually involve lots of unhealthy food intake and alcohol consumption. Stock up your refrigerator with fruits, vegetables and stuff your shelves with high-fibre and wholegrain foods.
1. Swapping your coffee, alcohol and sugar intake
Try reducing, or if possible, remove intake of coffee, alcohol and sugar one to two weeks before starting your detox. You can swap coffee with green tea and sugar with honey. Also, start swapping starchy food like bread and rice with wholemeal and wholegrain foods. These steps help reduce headaches and cravings when you start your detox session.
2. Kickstart your day with a glass of hot lemon water
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, an anti-oxidant good for immune function and skin health, and are a decent source of potassium which helps lower blood pressure levels and have positive effects on heart health. Thus, a glass of hot lemon water in the morning is a great energy booster and it helps the detox process.
3. Replenish your water
As two-third of our body is made up of water, regular replenishment of water helps enhance the liver and kidneys’ functions. Bring a bottle of water with you if you are constantly on the go. Ensure you take at least 2 litres of water every day, is possible, take more water during your detox as it helps flush out the toxins.
4. Take Natural Fibre Beverage
If you are too busy to prepare and blend your own natural fibre smoothies or juices, there is another fuss-free solution to ensure your detox session works effectively without any hiccups — try ready-made fibre detox beverage in pocket-sized sachet form, which makes it easy to carry and convenient to consume, even when you are travelling or working. It’s practical, and no more excuses for not making your detox session a successful one!