Jumpstarting Your Body With a Detox: A Do or a Don’t

Is hitting the reset button as
easy as it seems?
Written by Meghan Salgado
There
comes a time in every man’s life when he realizes his body can’t bounce back
like it used to. Hangovers may be more intense or you find yourself waking up
on the wrong side of the bed more often than not. In the past few years,
detoxes and cleanses have been touted as a solution to all these issues.
Special herbs, green juices, or a strict fasting schedule are a few of the
solutions to get your body back on track.
Can
you really improve your health with just a few weeks of drastic
change? Read on to hear our take on detoxing and what might prove a little
more effective.
Do Detoxes Work?
Both anecdotal and
scientific evidence suggests the same thing — not really, no. Juicing often
doesn’t bring your body all the necessary nutrients you need. Fasting can
interrupt the body’s natural functions and flush toxins less efficiently. And
while an herbal cleanse may have an impact, there isn’t any reliable data out
there to prove it. When it comes to removing toxic substances from the
body, the best route is supporting your natural processes.
What’s Happening in Your Body
Your
body doesn’t need green juice or a specific diet to detox itself — it has the
systems it needs with your livers and kidneys. Both these organs are designed
to combat whatever toxins come through your body.
Your
liver converts helpful substances for the body’s use, while also filtering out
harmful toxins. This includes what your body naturally produces as it
metabolizes. Substances such as bacteria, cholesterol, and hormones are always
being filtered out. The liver also takes care of any alcohol, drugs, or
chemicals we encounter or consume.
Your
kidneys help with regulation — they balance your fluid and electrolyte levels,
keep your pH levels in check, and secrete hormones. All these processes are
carried out through the kidney’s blood filtration system. This allows the
organs to remove toxins from your body.
By
living a healthy lifestyle and supporting these organs, your body can flush
toxins more efficiently. While that may not come through a specific diet
or regimen, employing some of the tactics below can help you achieve what you
might be looking for from a cleanse.
When
it comes to removing toxic substances from the body, the best route is
supporting your natural processes.
ALTERNATIVES TO DETOXES
Eliminating Dairy
While
there’s nothing toxic about dairy, it’s one of the most common sensitivities
amongst adults. Remove it from your diet, and you could experience a pretty
dramatic shift in how you’re feeling. Even if you experience only a slight
sensitivity to lactose, you may experience less bloating, less congestion, and
see calmer skin.
Commit
to a switch to soy milk, look for a new favorite sorbet, and on Taco Tuesday
try out an almond milk yogurt instead of sour cream.
Start
with a few incremental changes to your grocery list and see if these shifts
have your body feeling better.
Cut the Coffee
We’ll
be honest, going caffeine-free scares us too. It may sound counterintuitive but
if you’re looking to feel more alert and awake this could be the answer.While
it may help get you through the morning, caffeine can be responsible for
increased blood pressure, higher levels of anxiety, and trigger headaches.
Quitting
cold turkey can be pretty rough on the body — you’ll probably feel groggy or
left with a killer headache from withdrawal. Instead, start by cutting out any
cups after 12:00 PM. That’s the first step to getting better sleep. You can
also drop your consumption by drinking a tall instead of a grande or going for
6oz instead of 10oz on your Keurig. Weaning your body off it more slowly
is more manageable and easier to stick to.
If
you’re still looking for that morning routine with a warm beverage, consider
making the switch to decaf coffee or an herbal tea.
Ditch the Drinking (and get a
water bottle)
This
is a standard part of most detoxes and might be the most effective part of
those extreme diets. Consider participating in Dry January — or whatever month
it is. Since your body prioritizes metabolizing alcohol over everything else,
breaking down other toxins or fats takes a backburner when you drink.
Cutting
back on alcohol will give your organs a break from processing stuff that’s
common-knowledge bad for you, allowing your liver and kidneys to perform their
functions more efficiently. If cutting alcohol out completely isn’t
realistic, try choosing one or two specific days of the week when you drink or
set a weekly drink limit that cuts your consumption.
This
is also a great time to consider swapping your pint glass for a water glass.
Committing to hydration will not only help detoxifying organs and flush toxins
more efficiently, it also helps control weight gain, energize your muscles, and
clear up your skin.
Get Clean
Whether
you’re looking for more energy, a better immune system, or to just feel
healthier, fourteen days of an intense diet probably isn’t going to be the
answer. Try out an incremental set of changes that fit best with your
lifestyle and see what you can feasibly layer into your day-to-day.
SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.