When so many pieces of detoxification go on in the background, how do you know a detox was successful?
Part 2: Signs of a Successful Detox
Since detoxification is a silent process that goes on in the background, we hardly notice the processes that go on moment-to-moment that keep us healthy and alive.
It can often be challenging to go through a detox program and see if it helped or not. New Years Resolutions often encourage detoxification programs to compensate for the stress, sugars, alcohol and weight gain from the holiday season.
Start the new years off on the right foot, back in the gym and with a detox program to get you feeling better than normal.
I am also encouraging a 30-day jump-start challenge. Yes, I want to help you reach your goals and help you overcome the bad habits and routines that you may have picked up over the holidays.
But, I also know that January can be a dark and dreary month. The holidays are over and for many of us, the weather is also really tough to handle.
You may also be trying to establish better habits and routines of going to the gym and eating better, but challenge after challenge piles up and giving up seems like the only option.
I’m pretty sure most of us have been there one to many times.
There are many challenges out there too, so how do you know which one is “a good one” and how do you know if “it was effective”?
One of the first things you do with any program, trip to the doctor, etc. is you give them an idea of what your symptoms are and how you are feeling. This intake provides necessary information for them to be able to track the effectiveness of their treatment.
If you feel better then the treatment worked. The same thing goes for detoxification programs. If you track your symptoms through out the program and you notice improvement, then the detox was effective for what you were aiming to achieve.
Detox programs often correlate with “losing weight”, but detox and weight loss programs are not one-in-the-same. Detoxification programs are effective for weight loss because they typically force you to eat better, or eat practically nothing over an extended period of time.
So, of course most people will lose weight because you either aren’t eating much or you aren’t eating foods that make you gain weight like sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed/fried foods.
But, a program for weight loss isn’t a “detox”. A detox program serves several purposes:
- Support the natural detoxification processes in the body with nutritious, fiber rich foods, and in some cases certain supplements
- Identify potential specific toxins that are causing symptoms (like heavy metals (cadmium and mercury are the most common), Bisphenol-A, medication by-products etc.) and choose specific supplements and resources to help with the removal
- Utilize a clean, elimination/addition diet to remove potential food triggers and allergens
- Determine stressors and establish goals and strategies to reduce stress
- Restore the body to health
So, the signs of a good detoxification program would accomplish these 5 tasks and at the end, you may notice weight loss, but you might also notice that you have more energy through out your day, you feel great when you wake up and at the end of the day, you are sleeping better, you are not bloated and your digestion is better, and you might feel like your memory and brain cognition has improved, less fatigue, less headaches, less sensitivity to strong smells, no more brain fog, and even your skin may look better.
This isn’t an extensive list, however, of all the symptoms that can be improved by restoring health and helping the body detox.
Also, a 30-day program may get you started, but it may not be enough time to fully accomplish restoring your health. But, it is a great place to get started. If it turns out more time is needed, there are always programs for that as well working with me one-on-one.
If you are ready to jump start your new year with a detox program that can help you get on track to make this next year your year to get healthy – you can get signed up here!