Detoxing has become one of those health fads that has become popular among people around the world. But are detox fads like juicing and going raw really all they are hyped up to be? Many experts disagree on this subject: some agree that detoxification processes support people in ridding toxins from their bodies, and others state that there is no scientific proof. So what is a woman looking to make a few lifestyle changes to do? There is SO MUCH information out there, and to be honest, not everything you read on the internet is true. So where does that leave us?
Benefits of Detoxing?
According to Livestrong.com, the benefits of detoxing spans more than just physcial improvements, but has many mental advantages as well:
- body organs such as the stomach and liver begin to work more efficiently;
- body fat often stores toxins that, once released, has no need for the fat anymore and flushes it;
- some people often notice their energy levels are higher after going through a detoxification process;
- some report that stress, fatigue and restlessness all dissipate after a detox session, leaving their minds clear and their ability to focus, stronger.
Perhaps there is something to this whole detox fad, but which one is the safest and most beneficial? This is where my non-expert opinion comes in: everything I learned about the human body in highschool boiled down to it’s ability to cleanse itself of waste and toxins naturally. So why not let the body do what it was made to do? Yes, I do believe proper diet, exercise and drinking water instead of soda helps, but essentially our body already detoxes on its’ own!
While going on a juice fast may support someone in losing weight, I am not sure it is really the healthy way to go (mainly because I tried it once for three days and had the worst migraine throughout the ordeal which dissipated immediately upon eating some home-cooked rice and chicken).
And one of the fastest natural detoxification processes I know of is to sweat! Whether that means going to the gym and working out, jumping in a Far Infrared Sauna, or going outside to do some gardening in the heat of the day, there are many benefits to sweating AND it is one of your body’s natural detoxification processes!
Taking A Cue From Malaysians
I actually learned a lot about this while living in Malaysia. First and foremost, many SE Asians look much younger than their actual age, especially in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. SE Asia is situated right on the equator where there is no such T.V. program as “The Weather Channel” because the weather is always the same: Hot with a 50-60% chance of rain. And by hot I mean 85 to 95 degrees farenheight all the time. On top of that, many of the locals don’t use air conditioning in their homes despite the heat! They have all made incredible peace with sweating throughout the day. Sure, they take two or three showers a day, but sweating is “no sweat” to them.
After a couple of years living there, I became acclimated to the climate and the non-airconditioning culture of Malaysia. I also made peace with sweating only to discover that, after a couple of months living there, I began looking younger too! In fact, I recently moved back to Springfield, Missouri where I met a wonderful woman on the plane from Dallas who thought I was seventeen years old…. SEVENTEEN! Needless to say, she is officially my new favoritest person ever.
Granted, I cannot say that sweating is the only thing that keeps SE Asianers looking young; their diet is vastly different from most Westerners, their genetics may have something to do with it, and their overall physical makeup may have a hand in their flawless complexion. Not to mention there could be many other factors as well… who am I kidding? I am no scientist. But I am an advocate of sweating! So let’s take a little look at some of the benefits of getting hot and bothered!
Benefits of Sweating – The Fastest Natural Detox I Know Of!
- Improves skin;
When you sweat, your skin pores open up and releases build up. Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and cause pimples and blemishes.
- Releases toxins;
Sweating can flush the body of substances of alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. The body releases toxins by using sweat as the conduit.
- Kidney stone prevention;
Sweating can be an effective way to sweat out excess salt. This limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which is where the stones originate from.
- Kills viruses and bacteria that can’t stand temperatures above 98.6 degrees;
Some viruses and bacteria cannot stand temperatures above 98.6 degrees. As you sweat your body temperature rises, killing said viruses and bacteria.
- Boosts endorphins.
Sweating, by means of exercies, releases more endorphins which makes people feel happier. So get out there and work it! Sweating can also relieve stress and improve blood circulation as well.
In short, the fastest natural detox I know of is to sweat: couple this with a balanced diet and exercise and the sky is the limit! The only challenge I forsee with people who are trying to lose weight is that changing our habits can be extremely difficult. Once we have practiced something to the point that we don’t even have to think about it, such as reaching for those chips or ordering a soda with our meal, we have to become really conscious of our daily actions. Change is possible, but it is a battle between a person and themselves (where their own neural wiring becomes their worst enemy)!
My advice? Start slow. Don’t try to cut out everything all at once: you will give yourself a shock. Start with changing one thing a month, like taking soda out of your diet, or committing to working out three times a week for 20 minutes. Slow and steady wins this race baby.
Wishing you a sweaty good time!
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