That's it, it's January ! The holidays are over, new resolutions are made and work must resume. What stress! The freezing and gray weather does not help matters. Our body has seen all the colors in recent days, so how to purify it? The solution : a cure detox ! We explain everything to you in this article.
First of all, the detox is not really a diet. It is a process of purification and elimination of toxins in the body. The goal is to get rid of harmful toxins in our body. Do a detox cure amounts to purifying the inside of our body and infusing it with new energy and gaining radiance.
WHAT IS A DETOX CURE?
Originally English, “ detox ” has become a popular word in the French language. Treatments detox would come from naturopathy which treats diseases in a natural way. Throughout the duration of the cure, you must take care of your body: alcohol, tobacco, fatty foods, coffee are banned from the diet. Fruits and vegetables are therefore preferred!
But be careful before starting a detox cure ! It is best to go first to see your doctor, because not everyone can practice it, like pregnant women for example. Since this involves a “radical” change in lifestyle, the cure detox may seem difficult at first. Have some free time to take care of yourself and start the treatment with complete peace of mind!
WHAT ARE TOXINS?
TOXINS: UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY WORK TO BETTER ELIMINATE THEM
Toxins are waste that the body produces during digestion or in response to our environment such as pollution, stress, tobacco or medication.
THE detox cures are therefore most often made in summer or winter when we change our diet.
WHY GET RID OF TOXINS?
The human body is smart enough to eliminate these toxins on its own. However, an unhealthy lifestyle multiplies toxins in the body: say hello to dull complexion, 4 km long dark circles and mood swings! In addition to this, our body is weaker and becomes less resistant to infections. The detox cure is there to help the body regain all its energy!
WHAT IS THE TOXIN ELIMINATION PROCESS?
Our body has five major elimination pathways : liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin.
These organs participate in the elimination of toxins from the body.
The liver filters, sorts and neutralizes waste. These are either evacuated to the digestive tract, via the gallbladder, or transformed and directed to the kidneys.
The kidneys filter and dilute the toxic substances present in the blood and then reject them in the urine.
The intestines evacuate in the stools the toxins coming mainly from our food.
The lungs , a way of eliminating gaseous waste, can also eliminate solid waste through mucus.
The skin excretes harmful substances via sweat and sebum.
Let's add the immune system which defends us from external aggressions.
But the sequence of rich meals during the holidays, sources of toxins, slows down the functioning of our organs. Toxins accumulate and cannot be eliminated properly. It therefore becomes necessary to give our body a boost, this is the objective of a detox treatment .
THE 5 STEPS OF A SUCCESSFUL DETOX CURE
ADOPT A STRICT DIET FOR A FEW DAYS
Reduce or even eliminate all sources of toxins for a few days:
- Fatty foods and fats
- animal proteins
- Stimulants: coffee, alcohol, tobacco
START YOUR DAY WITH LEMON JUICE MIXED IN WARM WATER
Lemon, by its acidity helps dissolve fats and facilitates the digestion of food. Good to know, once ingested, the lemon is assimilated by the body and becomes alkaline (it loses its acidity.) . There is therefore no risk of undesirable side effects linked to its primary acidity.
In addition, lemon is rich in vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties. It therefore helps to restore the radiance lost due to difficult digestion. The essential ingredient for a detox cure!
Hot water, in addition to participating in the hydration of your cells, will make it easier to dissolve and drain accumulated toxins. It also reduces the acid taste of lemon which makes this cure more effective but also more pleasant!
ADOPT GOOD REFLEXES AT THE SAME TIME IN YOUR HYGIENE OF DAILY LIFE
Drink 1.5 liters of fluids per day (water, herbal teas, tea, vegetable broths, juices, etc.) because water is essential for flushing out waste.
Bet on fruits and vegetables, because they are rich in vitamins and antioxidant minerals. They give the body a boost and help it perk up. The water and fibers they contain also facilitate transit and drainage.
Prefer whole grains, rich in fiber, vitamins (B) and minerals (magnesium, iron) in your detox cure. Tone essentials!
COMPLETE YOUR FOOD BOWL WITH FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
Consider prebiotics and probiotics that boost the digestive system and the immune system.
Make a cure of food supplements rich in plants known to boost digestion and elimination. Among them :
- Artichoke leaf or dandelion root which drain and eliminate toxins,
- There chlorella detoxifying metals heavy,
- turmeric (plant champion detoxifying ) which facilitates digestion and helps the proper functioning of the liver to maintain healthy skin.
STIMULATE YOUR LYMPH TO FACILITATE THE DRAINAGE OF YOUR TOXINS
Stimulate your lymph with Dry Brushing.
Dry brushing, as its name suggests, is the action of brushing the body, dry, using a brush with hard bristles and with specific movements. There are several benefits to this: softening the skin, reducing cellulite, getting rid of ingrown hairs, but above all helping to stimulate the lymphatic system. Admittedly, it is not a food, but combined with your detox cure , your body will thank you!
How to do ?
- Bring a specific brush for dry brushing.
- The best time: before the shower.
- Always brush the body from the bottom upwards and from the center outwards, for the stimulation of the lymphatic system. Start by brushing the soles of the feet, go up on the legs. Then legs go up to the belly. Brush in circular, clockwise motions. For the arms start with the palm of the hand, then go up towards the chest. Then brush the back.
- Each movement can be repeated ten times. It's best not to press too hard, the idea being to tone your body, not bruise it.
Drain your toxins with a lymphatic self-massage of the face and neck
The lymphatic system is in charge of eliminating toxins and bacteria and a part of its system is located on the neck and under the jaw.
A massage of this area will facilitate the elimination of accumulated toxins.
How to do ?
Ideally, use a vegetable oil that is compatible with your skin type if possible to appreciate its nutritious effects. Jojoba oil is the most universal oil. Its composition being close to that of sebum, it nourishes dry skin and balances combination and oily skin.
-Warm the oil between your hands.
-Start by placing your hands on each side, on your collarbones. Apply the fingers gently to stimulate the ganglia which are in the hollow of the bone.
-Then, hands in parallel, go up massaging lightly, on the sides of your neck. Stop at the level of the jaw, under the ear, in the hollow, to massage the area lightly.
-Then go up behind the ears. Gently massage the area.
-You can then massage your face from top to bottom, insisting on the area under the cheekbones.
A massage of the face and neck should always be done with a light hand, avoiding too much "pulling" the skin.
Happy DETOX , Happy skin!