This month I have the pleasure of participating in the 31 Days Challenge. Please join me as we spend October exploring the whats, whys, and hows of detoxification!
Fall is a glorious season, but it can be murder on our immune systems! From the back-to-school upswing in germ sharing, Halloween’s crushing onslaught of sugar, and Oktoberfest’s infamous deluge of alcohol, to the seemingly endless parade of holiday parties that stretches straight on till New Years, we simply never get a break. It’s no wonder that by the time January rolls around, we find ourselves sick, sluggish, and desperate to jump headlong into the nearest detox trend!
Unfortunately, it seldom helps. In a few short weeks (or even days), our best efforts are abysmally derailed. Ubiquitous misconceptions about detoxing just leave us a little fatter, sicker, and more depressed every year. But not this year! Through this month’s posts, I hope to equip you with a new perspective on what detox is (and is not!) so that you can harness its benefits to genuinely improve and maintain your health. Ready?
Let’s start fighting misconceptions by starting at the very beginning with a very important question: what IS detoxification, anyway? Detoxification is a parasympathetic process that frees vital cellular and organ activities to function productively and effectively.
I see that look. The “Um, say what now?” eyebrow raise you’re giving me.
How’s this? According to my Nutritionist-to-Normal-Person-Dictionary, detoxification is the process of clearing junk out of your body so that is can function the way it’s intended to.
Daily life is messy; it incessantly bombards us with toxins and dozens of other monkey wrenches that impair our bodies’ ability to work cleanly and efficiently. This barrage can leave our bodies overloaded and unable keep up with normal maintenance, repair, and garbage removal. This causes junk (dead/damaged cells, heavy metals, chemicals, excess hormones, or even parasites and massive populations of bad gut bugs) to build-up inside us.
Picture your body as a house. When everything is working correctly, it is a nice clean place in good repair. When overwhelming amounts of junk food, germs, and toxins gum up the works, your body deteriorates into the corporeal equivalent of a hoarder’s house. Pathways clutter and clog, debris and detritus pile up, and it start to stink.
Detoxing is tantamount to cleaning house – bringing in the supplies and energy needed to dump the trash, scour the surfaces, and set everything to rights!
Now that we’re clear on what detoxification is (and have gotten a glimpse of why it’s so important), check back tomorrow to learn what detoxification isn’t!
What do you think? What detox related facts, myths, or questions would you like to see covered in this series?