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Food for Thought: Is Detoxing really Necessary?

Updated on March 22, 2016

Ever go through lifestyle channels on YouTube? Almost every health cognizant nutritionist there is talking about how to detox your body and its outlying benefits. But is detoxing our bodies really that necessary?

Health experts have claimed that there is no evidence of detox diets doing any kind of detoxification in our bodies. Hence, the main reason why we are so concerned about this is that, there is seemingly a paranoia in recent times that our bodies are full of toxins and we must detox our engines (organs) in order to flush out harmful chemicals from our body. Another reason why detoxing is promoted so much is because it is thought to encourage weight loss.

Detox water
Detox water

Doctors suggest that if we want to detox our body that badly, the best thing to do is to have a diet that contains plenty of fiber and minerals. This can be obtained by consuming copious amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other plant foods. These foods boost our immune system and pamper our liver, kidneys, and other organs allowing them to function in their natural way.

If you do some research on the topic, you will find that our bodies hold the power to naturally detox themselves and there’s no need to take in external supplements to initiate the detoxing process. Our liver flushes out toxic wastes every day, our kidneys filter out toxins and our digestive system releases stuff we don’t need. What we really need is a little more trust in our body’s ability to do its job and feed it the right amount of nutrients timely.

In fact, detoxing actually has a number of hindrances. For example, when you are only consuming detox drinks, you are taking in few calories and starving your body of nutrients. Eventually, your body will start to use up minerals and valuable substances from its storage. So, the bottom line is, detoxing your body is not a suitable weight-loss technique; nor is it a sustainable option to cleanse your body!

As it can be seen, our bodies are self-cleaning machines in themselves, and if we want to give the engines a little boost to function better, we can always go for fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you are not so fond of eating these whole like me, I would definitely recommend a number of juices which will give you a healthy body and also glowing skin in the process.

Carrot juice
Carrot juice

Carrot juice is excellent source of Vitamin A which acts as a natural antioxidant that fights against the free radicals in our body and eventually slows down the aging process. It is also knows to fight sun damage and reduce blemishes.

Lemon juice
Lemon juice

Lemon or lime juice has plenty of Vitamin C which is not only helpful for our skin but is helpful for our internal body parts since it is known to satisfy the body’s need for Vitamin C. A simple glass of lime with honey and water in it is enough to do the trick.

Cucumber juice
Cucumber juice

The high water content in cucumber keeps our body fresh and hydrated. It is an excellent health drink which can really bring about a glowing and flawless complexion if drank on a daily basis.

Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice

Pomegranates are a powerhouse of beauty and skin care and a daily glass of fresh pomegranate juice can work a miracle on skin that may seem to be beyond repair. Its anti-ageing properties help in cell renewal also purifies the blood imparting a natural glow to soft graceful skin.

Grape juice
Grape juice

The various health and skin care provided by grapes can be attributed to its significant amount of antioxidant properties which is a known curative for acne and the signs of ageing.

So, at the end of the day, mother nature provides us its best and the trick lies in using it well.

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