Summer is in full swing and with the warm temperatures, we tend to eat a little less or naturally choose ‘lighter’ meals. Thankfully this makes the detoxification process it a little easier to manage.
Even though our bodies have a natural detoxification process, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process and help shed those last-minute pounds.
When you do a cleanse or a detox, excess toxins are released into the bloodstream and the colon. Because of this, we need our bodies to remove these toxins quickly and effectively. We can do this by activating the four elimination systems in our bodies:
- Gastrointestinal: liver, gallbladder, colon, and the whole GI tract.
- Urinary: kidneys and bladder.
- Respiratory: lungs, throat, and sinuses.
- Skin and dermal: sweat, sebaceous glands, and tears.
With a little helpful advice from Georgia West, Nutritionist at YESWellness, Here are five easy ways to boost your body with a quick summer detox;
A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the gastrointestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as the “good” bacteria which acts to sustain a healthy intestinal tract and helps fight illness and disease.
Why do we need them?
Poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress and use of antibiotics in food production can wreak chaos in the digestive tract by abolishing good bacteria and allowing undesirable (‘bad’)bacteria to reproduce. When the balance of good bacteria to bad is decreased, problems such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients begin to happen. By introducing a good probiotic supplement to your diet will help improve digestion and absorption of nutrients, in turn supporting the immune system.
In Summary, probiotics can:
- Prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that cause digestive stress
- Improve digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
- Stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanism – the immune system
- Help make vitamins needed by the body
Spirulina is ideal for detoxing the body of heavy metals, Chlorella and Spirulina are both types of algae that are commonly marketed as supplements. Chlorella is a form of green algae, and spirulina is a type of blue-green algae. Chlorella is a rich source of chlorophyll, and spirulina provides a variety of proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Why do we need it?
As one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, it lives up to its reputation as a great source of Protein, Vitamin B1, Iron and Calcium.
- Protein: It is considered a complete source of high-quality protein and is often compared to eggs for the amount of protein per gram. The protein in Spirulina is highly usable and has a net protein utilization rate of between 50-61%
- Vitamin B1: Also called Thiamin, this vitamin is necessary for the digestion of fats and proteins. It is often taken for increased energy, eye health, brain function and for improving nerve functioning.
- Iron: Spirulina is a favourite food for vegetarians and vegans because it is one of the best plant sources of iron. Even for those who consume meat, it has a highly absorbable form of iron that is gentle on the digestive system.
- Calcium: Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk.
- GLA & Omega 3s (Gamma Linolenic Acid): GLA is difficult to find in a food source and normally has to be created by the body. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Water, Water, and More Water!
Grab that gallon jug of water and chug, chug, chug! The National Institute of Health estimates that almost 50 percent of the adult population of the United States is habitually dehydrated (which makes your complexion look years older than it should!). Water plumps up the body’s tissues, creating an inner space that allows blood platelets to separate and surrounded toxins to wash away.
- Water is so significant during a detox, and you should aim to drink only clean, purified water. The water must be slightly alkaline. Where possible, you should invest in a good water filter.
Herbal Cleanse Systems
Herbal cleanses have been used in clinics for over 30 years to deliver a complete multi-system detoxification of the colon and kidneys; they act on the urinary tract and the gastrointestinal system, and have an effect on the liver.
- May be ideal for first-timers
- Promotes healthy weight management
- May help eliminate toxins
- May help retrain eating habits
- Attempts to balance blood sugar
- May improve digestion
Exercising, sleeping, and not stressing!
Exercise and sleep are incredibly important and will help lower the levels of Cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone accountable for fat formation in the body. Cortisol levels increase when we are stressed or tired. Exercise decreases cortisol levels and is essential for detoxification and general health of the cardiovascular system. It also helps simplify the movement of toxins out of the body. Every day, complete 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity, followed by deep breathing and stretching.
If you have an exercise program already, keep up the good work. If not, here are tips to get you started.
- 5 X 30: Jog, walk, bike, or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.
- Set small daily goals and aim for daily constancy rather than flawless workouts. It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a fitness marathon.
- Find forms of physical activity that are fun or enjoyable
- Distract yourself with an iPod or other portable media player to download audiobooks, podcasts, or music. Numerous people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.
- Recruit an “exercise buddy.” It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague.
- Be patient when you start a new exercise regime. Most inactive people need about four to eight weeks to feel synchronized and sufficiently in shape so that exercise feels easier.