The Low-down on Detoxes

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{This lil’ bowl of green goodness was my snack yesterday afternoon! For those of you that want to make it, it was frozen banana, blueberries, baby spinach, milk and ice! SO good. }

Ok, lets’ talk detoxes. Is it an actual thing or just a gimmick?!

I don’t know about you guys, but I see people doing juice cleanses and tea detoxes ALLLLLLL over insta and it kind of annoys me ha, here’s why: our bodies already detox. Yep, that’s right. The human body has a ridiculously complex and sophisticated intrinsic detoxification system. In fact, it’s detoxing right now as we speak. No fancy juices or teas needed 😉

Now, I’ve been questioning whether or not to actually write this post, because as I said before, our body’s detoxification is complex. It’s a total nutritional rabbit hole. BUT, because I have seen so many people attempting detoxes, I felt I should at least write something on the matter, even if it is only a brief and simplified explanation.

Basically, our bodies are exposed to potentially harmful substances ALL the time, whether they originate from the environment, the bacteria living in our gut or even from our very own metabolism. Our bodies can’t escape from this. This is why your body naturally has it’s very own clean-up crew in the form of our liver, kidneys, gut, lungs and skin. Now, I’d probably need a separate post or five just to give justice to all the cool things these organs do for our bodies, but here are a few BASIC examples: the liver acts as one great big filter where it helps metabolise nutrients and eliminate harmful chemicals, heavy metals, alcohol and drugs; our kidneys filter our blood to remove toxins in the form of pee (yeah, I went there – you should see the poop charts we have to look at in class LOL); our lungs excrete CO2 (thus eliminating excess acid) and keeps out outside substances such as dust, pollen, microbes etc.;  our skin produces sweat which helps remove waste products such as lactate, urea and ammonia (get your sweat on peeps); and our gut helps to block stuff from getting into our circulation, as well as excretes waste products (I think you know where this is heading…).

Now that you know a lil’ bit about the background behind your body’s natural detoxification system, you can see how silly actual detox products are! It seriously amazes me that these products are allowed to be sold. Plus, so many people fall into the trap because if you’re anything like me, you just assume that there is tight regulations over what is sold to the public, especially when it’s something that affects people’s health, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Not only that but they are promoted by people on social media with large followings and toned bodies and a lot of the time, people just want a ‘quick fix’ to good health. Always remember, that good health is a lifestyle change.

I know some of you are probably thinking “well if detoxes are a load of crap, why do people say they feel so much better after them?!” Truth be told, there’s actually very little scientific evidence to show detoxes actually do anything. Like, almost non-existent ‘little’. So, any positive effects people are feeling are more likely to be because…

  1. You’ve removed all the junk food from your diet
  2. You’ve removed a particular food from your diet that your body has trouble digesting
  3. Placebo effect is kickin’ in ha!

To make matters worse, by detoxing, you aren’t getting your daily balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. All three of these macronutrients are essential for your body to function optimally. INSTEAD, to feel our best, we should be supporting our body’s natural detoxification system! Here’s how:

  • Going back to basics and eating more whole foods
  • Staying hydrated
  • Managing stress
  • Moving your body
  • Creating an uplifting environment
  • Removing toxic people from your life
  • Finding the time for what makes you happy

I hope this clears a few things up for you! Always be wary of quick fixes, not only is it a waste of your time and money, but you owe yourself better care than that. Put that energy towards building a healthy lifestyle that makes you feel amazing physically, mentally and emotionally.

Until next time! xo

Chante Louise

 

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    • Chanté
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      March 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Right?! So crazy! Thank you so much for reading Jannine 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous weekend! xo

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