Body Detox – Day 1
The first thing I noticed on the back of the little box of herbal tablets thrust into my hands was the NO CAFFEINE emblazoned across it in large letters. … SIGH … I responded impulsively, but it did no good. I was committed to a detox as per the stipulations haggled out during discussions between my wife and I.
So, this is the way it is to be, and this is what is going to happen. No coffee for a least a week. Cut down on red meat and eggs. Less dairy, it actually says no dairy, and no processed foods. No processed sugar, no white flour and none of those instant type foods. And no alcohol – which isn’t as bad as it sounds. Considering I am the chef in the house and I cook for my wife and two year old toddler (who eats the same as me mind you) this is a big ask. Now … it begins.
The reality of those words hit home the next morning when the dull headache announced the beginning of my withdrawal from my beloved morning espresso. It didn’t seem so bad, for the first hour or so, but, I began to notice that something was lacking. That usual bolt into the morning was a little less vigorous and felt like it was colder which it was but I seemed to notice it more. So, the lack of caffeine has hit home. So, Why am I doing this? Well …
What is Body Detoxification?
The reason for doing a body detoxification is that it is one of the oldest known methods for cleansing the body. ”Why would you need to cleanse your body” you ask? Your body has an exceptional capacity to heal itself if it is given the opportunity to do so. But in modern societies and in combination with modern low fibre stimulant saturated diets, the body can digestive organs can become overloaded with stress, toxins and the residue of poor eating and lifestyle habits.
Body Detoxification is a natural process of elimination, and assists with the removal of unwanted waste substances from your body via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and to a lesser extent your skin. All the aforementioned organs, including the skin are what is known as eliminative organs and are the body’s means of ridding itself of wastes and toxins.Most detox programs focus on eliminating animal products of some sort from your diet, at least for a short period of time, as animal products supposedly put a higher strain on your digestive system than simple or raw foods. Any foods that have been processed so that they no longer look as they did when they were grown are called processed foods. I believe this to be true and do not eat as much meat as I used to, but I do love milk, and cutting it out of my diet is going to be tricky. I have it on my cereal in the mornings, I have a milo with lunch, and I have a milk chai to wind down after dinner at nights.
It may seem like a lot of effort to go to, but, if your trying to clean out your system in an effort to tune into your higher self, or just to try and get over some niggle bug you may have caught, a body detox is an excellent, and probably the first place you should start ….