If you’ve never done a detox you may not know about the positive benefits you can get from them. Rather than searching through all the magazines on the magazine rack, keep reading. You can learn how a weekend detox can get your health back on track.
People detox for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason to do a detox is that our body absorbs toxins through what we eat, what we drink and through the things around us. Detoxifying allows the body to get rid of the build-up of toxins so we can feel better.
Before you do a weekend detox, you’ll want to get a check-up. Your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any reasons not to do a detox or which type would be best for you. The goal of a detox is to feel better, but there are some health issues which may not be suitable for a detox or shouldn’t be done without a doctor’s supervision.
The easiest way to start a weekend detox is, to begin with, warm lemon water. Squeeze half a lemon into warm water or herbal tea. Drink this before you eat breakfast so your digestive system will be stimulated. It will also cleanse your liver and evens out the pH level in your body. You can also use a couple drops of lemon essential oil.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while you’re on the weekend detox. You’ll also want to cut out sugar in any form and caffeine. Be prepared if you drink a lot of coffee. Going cold turkey during the detox can cause you to have headaches or feel sick. You can lessen these effects by reducing how much caffeine you consume over the week leading up to the detox.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids during a detox weekend. Eight to ten glasses of water each day is the minimum you’ll want to drink. You may even want to increase the amount to twelve or more glasses each day. I even put a couple drops of lemon essential oil in my water. Often I alternate with peppermint essential oil.
Eat raw fruits and vegetables during the weekend detox. Part of the goal is to clean the liver and clear the colon. Raw foods will help this process along.
The benefits of detoxing your body are numerous. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Increased energy
- Improved quality of sleep
- Decreased mood swings
- Regular bowel movements
- Reduced severity of infections
- Fewer allergic reactions
- Healthier skin
- A clearer mind
How often do you do a weekend detox? Most professionals recommend doing a weekend detox once a month. They also suggest a two-week detox if you want to rid your body of even more impurities.
Talk to your health professional and discuss your desire to learn how a weekend detox can get your health back on track. They’ll be able to help you choose the best type to do to get the best results. Once you try one-weekend detox you may decide to do them more often, but you’ll want to verify with your doctor how often is best for you.