EAT SMART NUTRITION CONSULTANTS
Do you need a DETOX?
Too many nibbles? Too many sweet treats? Too little exercise? Too much alcohol? If you’re feeling the overindulgence of the festive season you could easily be led to believe the numerous advertisements purporting the benefits of detoxifying powders, potions, lotions and wraps. But do they work?
Scientifically, there is no evidence to support the benefit of a detoxifying regime. In fact, the human body is capable of detoxing naturally through the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract. These organs are all designed to eliminate waste and are constantly working to breakdown the foods we eat, drinks we consume and air we breath, while excreting the by-products.
Anecdotally, many people will report feeling terrible the first few days of their detox as they exclude caffeine, alcohol, sugar and fat while increasing fruit, vegetables, water and exercise. People will often report fatigue, headaches, nausea and gastrointestinal upset. These symptoms may be attributable to a low energy intake, sudden cessation of caffeine and sudden changes in dietary intake. After a week or more of eating well, drinking more fluids and exercising more, as well as taking a concotion of pills, powders and liquids, detox participants report feeling much improved with increased energy levels, glowing skin and a great nights sleep. It is likely that the renewed sense of well-being is more due to the change in lifestyle habits rather than the often expensive herbal remedies.
Why not do an at home dietary detox for 2010? It requires no special pills or potions, costs nothing and will improve your health and well-being now and for many years to come. Sound too good to be true? It’s not….
Just follow these 5 tips:
1. Eat more fruit
2. Eat more vegetables
3. Drink 2 litres of fluid per day
4. Cut down your portions
5. Enjoy at least 2 alcohol free days per week and limit your intake when you do drink
Still sound too good to be true? Well what have you got to lose? A few bad habits? A few kilos? A few excuses? Start 2010 with a healthier attitude to food and exercise and see how vibrant, energized and glowing you feel!