Why Eliminating Certain Foods Helps Your Body Detox
Detoxing isn’t about deprivation, it’s about choosing the right foods for your body right now.
You may have to give up a few things for a short time, but believe us, the reward is so worth it!
Any detox, not just our Body Slimming Detox, is based on some fundamental dietary principles. These foundations support your detox by dramatically reducing the amount of toxins you’re eating and the amount of toxins your body creates because of problem-foods. So what do we need to eliminate during a detox?
Processed, packaged, tinned, sugary, high sodium, full of trans fats, and spat out of a fast food restaurant – these foods are all inherently inflammatory. They’re the foods that inflame your gut, give you a bloated belly, and are all connected to weight gain. Safe to say, we definitely don’t want these whilst detoxing.
Caffeine & Alcohol:
Both caffeine and alcohol are what’s known as diuretics – meaning they dehydrate you. They also both deplete our B vitamins and even damage our liver. Although there have been health benefits linked to the occasional cup of coffee or glass of red wine, their bad traits honestly outweigh the good when it comes to your detox.
Whilst our Body Slimming Detox does have an allowance for coffee, it’s recommended to limit yourself with how much you drink. If you’re reliant on coffee, detoxing is a good time to start thinking about healthy alternatives such as green or dandelion tea, or a 10 minute burst of exercise to wake you up. Removing alcohol and reducing caffeine also helps to train our brain to be less reliant on the dopamine (reward hormone) dose it gets when we reach for a drink because we’re feeling flat. Train your brain to get that dose from something that whole-heartedly supports your health instead.
Wheat & Dairy:
Let’s get one thing straight, wheat and dairy aren’t necessarily bad for you – they’re just commonly linked to allergies and intolerances. This is because their complex structures are hard to break down in our gut, causing inflammation even when you don’t have an allergy or intolerance. Eliminating these foods during detox gives your body an opportunity to rest and reset without the burden of breaking these foods down – reducing symptoms of bloating, sluggishness, and fatigue.
Too Much Meat:
Portion wise, we actually eat too much meat as a society. 200g-300g steaks on the menu, loaded parmas, large chicken breasts – it’s just too much protein. And too much protein can be toxic! Limiting to 100g per serve helps to bring our recommended daily intake of protein back to where it should be by Australian standards.
But it’s not just portions we need to be aware of when detoxing. Fat is where toxins and added hormones are stored in all animal products. So leaner cuts of meat help us to avoid further toxin exposure unlike fattier meats and fish that may add to our toxic load whilst we’re trying to detox.
In the absence of these foods on your detox, you’ll undoubtedly notice some changes. Better energy, more restful sleep, less bloating and gut irritation, a clearer mind, and a new attitude towards the age old ‘everything in moderation’ are just a few of the benefits you may notice from reducing your toxic burden from these problem-foods during detox.