The Fall season is officially here and along with cute sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and cozy blankets, there is the inevitable cold or flu that tends to blow in. As the seasons change, we begin to see how these changes become mirrored in our lives too. Toxins build up in our bodies from excess chemicals, parabens, heavy metals, and synthetic hormones in our food, and mental activity and workloads accumulate. All of these factors make Fall a perfect time for a physical and mental reset.
You will generally hear claims both for and against detoxing. I’m a huge proponent for seasonal resets and here’s why:
Our Natural Detox System has a Disadvantage
Although the body is designed to cleanse itself, its ability to do so has been rapidly slowing down over the years. This is due to increased levels of stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and the rise in man-made chemicals. Whether you buy organic or not, dangerous chemicals are found virtually everywhere. From household cleaning supplies, to beauty and hair products, even the furniture and carpets in our homes are packed with toxic substances. We would have to live in a bubble in an untouched forest to really escape all of the dangers. Considering going off the grid is not a viable option for most, detoxing seasonally is a great way to give your body a break and a great opportunity to eliminate excess toxins.
Fat Needs an Escape Route
We know that the body is designed to naturally eliminate toxic materials but to understand how this affects how we store or lose fat we need to look at the two main types of toxins the body has to deal with; exogenous toxins and endogenous toxins.
Exogenous toxins are chemicals that are made outside of your body and can harm your body on a cellular level if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed into your bloodstream through some other channel.
Endogenous toxins are toxins that are produced inside of your body. Some of these toxins are waste products from normal metabolic activities - carbon dioxide and lactic acid are examples of endogenous toxins that your body filters out naturally. Unless your health is severely compromised, your body is well equipped to eliminate these types of toxins from your system
Our body, with all of it’s incredible filtering systems, utilizes enzymes that break chemicals down into smaller compounds and has various ways of transporting unneeded substances out of the body. However, we have a limited ability to eliminate exogenous toxins. What it can’t eliminate, our body begins storing in our fat cells as a way of protecting other organs from exposure to these compounds. Detoxing gives the body a break so it can begin clearing out and freeing up the fat cells from toxic overload.
You’ll feel WAY better
When you detox, you will simply feel better. You will wake up more easily, feel alive, happier, and have more energy. I am generally a skeptic until I see the results for myself, so as you can imagine I was doubtful I would experience extraordinary results when I did my first detox. Boy, was I wrong. I remember feeling like a blanket had been removed from my brain. I felt like my life was incredible. I was genuinely a happier person and my energy was through the roof. It doesn’t take much either. Even a few days on a detox can help you feel a lot better very quickly.
You kick cravings to the curb
If you didn’t already know, sugar and processed foods are biologically addictive. Although the science behind it is clear we continue to blame ourselves when we binge or fall off the diet wagon. I am here to tell you it’s not your fault. Cookies and chips are designed carefully by experts to ensure you keep eating them. When you detox you are allowing your body a chance to return to it’s natural state and get the natural hunger and satiety signals firing again.
As you can see, when we get an unhealthy buildup of toxins in our body, it’s not pretty. These excess toxins can show in our bodies as depression, brain fog, headaches, difficulty sleeping, hormonal imbalances and chronic fatigue. Since many of these toxins cannot be fully avoided, taking a few days in Fall to detox is much needed.
Now I’d like to hear from you…
What do you think of environmental toxins?
Do you experience the effects of them in your health?
What are you doing to rid your diet of these toxins?
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