Did you know that even when you’re not detoxing, you’re still detoxing? Hear me out.
We have a very hard working internal detoxification system made up of our liver, kidney, lungs, and lymphatic system which work around the clock to keep us healthy by cleaning up and filtering out day to day toxins.
So if you think about it, when we choose to do a detox, we are really detoxing our detox systems so that we can detox more efficiently!
Make sense? 🙂
As you may recall from last weeks article, detoxing programs are not for everyone, but if you think you’re ready to take on a detox, you must make sure you aren’t falling victim to any of these common mistakes!
Mistake #1 – You Continue To Go Hard
Let’s review why you are detoxing in the first place: to give your body the time it needs to rest and repair! Say it with me, rest…and…repair!
This isn’t to say you need to sit on the couch all day long twiddling your thumbs. You can certainly keep active with gentle activities like yoga, swimming or a brisk walk…but allow your inner Arnold take a break!
Mistake #2 – You Forget About Water
The solution to pollution is dilution!
Which basically means that you have to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water so that you can flush the toxins out. If you allow yourself to get dehydrated on a detox, the intestines will inevitably slow down and you’ll have trouble with elimination. And we all remember our friend poopless peter right? Don’t let the junk get stuck in transit!
Mistake #3 – You Give It 80%
Normally I am a fan of the 80/20 rule (where 80% of the time you focus on clean, healthy, whole foods, and 20% of the time you have some fun with a cocktail or four) but when it comes to a successful detox, it’s pretty much an all or nothing approach.
Full, 100% commitment to a detox program will allow you to reap the most benefit, so make sure you’re prepared. Make a grocery list before you start, remove temptation, and schedule social events accordingly!
Mistake #4 – You Go Into It With Expectations
If you go into a detox assuming that you are going to feel vibrant and amazing and 5lbs lighter after the first 10 minutes, you are going to be smacked in the face with disappointment and it may lead you to give up.
I’ll be honest with you, you are probably going to feel a little out of sorts for at least part of your detox. When you begin to cut out stimulants like sugars, processed foods, alcohol, etc. it can be a bit of a shock to the system. This is a good thing, but it may not feel like it at first.
Go into it with an open mind and allow the detox to happen as it will. Once you have completed it in full, then take the time to check in with your health improvements.
Mistake #5 – You Revert To Your Old Habits Post-Detox
Really take the time to reflect on how you are feeling at the end of your detox versus how you felt before you began. Pay close attention to your energy, your skin, your mood, and hey…maybe just MAYBE your waist line. Let the detox experience set you up for better choices moving forward, and don’t look back!
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