Updated: Jun 19, 2018
Exploring the myths and facts around doing a sugar detox, how can we best support our bodies through this natural process and maximize the benefits?
I have personally found that detoxing keeps me on the healthy eating path because it allows me to recalibrate my tastebuds away from all the hidden added sugars and carbs common in the Western diet and move towards appreciating the subtle bitter, astringent and delicious flavours of vegetables, legumes and seeds that nourish our bodies from the inside out.
Detoxing is a natural part of the body's processes, every once and a while it is great idea to give your body a break and dedicate a few days or a week to support it through this process.
Are you interested in doing a detox? I can guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your detox. If you are new to doing a detox I recommend you start with 3 days, then 7 and work your way up to seeing and experiencing the benefits of a 21-day detox! For more information send me an email and we can decide what makes sense for you and your body at this time.
Sugar Detoxing: Myths and Facts
Detoxing is a natural process
TRUE. In reality, detoxing is a natural process of purification that's constantly underway in the body. When everything is functioning properly, toxins are destroyed and excreted by different organs in the body, known as emunctories: the skin, the lungs, the kidneys, the intestines and the liver. Toxins that accumulate in the body from food, air, tobacco, cosmetics, drugs, heavy metals, stress are eliminated at varying speeds depending on your metabolism. You can help your body detoxify all year long, notably with foods rich in antioxidants like dark leafy green vegetables that are organic and don't contain pesticides.
A detox is a diet
FALSE. The aim of a detox isn't necessarily to lose weight. The aim is support your body through its natural process of detoxifying but in a slightly more intensified rate. You should avoid sugar, carbs and caffeine which hinder the work of the emunctories, and often times just by doing that people tend to loose a little weight in the process. The goal is feel better, have more energy and reset your palette towards healthier food choices.
Plant-based supplements can be helpful
TRUE. A course of certain plant-based dietary supplements or herbal teas can be used to support and optimize detox performances in periods of burn-out, stress or fatigue, for example. Artichoke, milk thistle, rosemary, turmeric, fennel, birch, dandelion, black radish, queen-of-the-meadow and fumaria are the most effective. Some plants, like chlorella, spirulina and laminaria japonica help combat heavy metals like mercury, aluminum and lead.
Juices are a good way to detox
FALSE. Well, it depends. High quality juices that do not contain fruit are a great way to support the detoxing process, but you should also eat a balanced diet with lots of raw and cooked veggie, lean protein and healthy carbs like quinoa. You should not feel deprived during the detox process. You are still eating healthy oils like coconut and avocado to support your system and fill you up. Drinking lots of water (1.5L per day) is recommended.
Massage can help flush out toxins
TRUE. Massages in the abdominal region — home to three groups of emunctory organs: the liver, the kidneys and the intestines — can help flush out toxins. But lymphatic drainage is even more effective, promoting blood circulation and helping the lymphatic system to drain out waste substances which aren't filtered out by blood. Why not treat yourself to a massage halfway through the detoxing process as a healthy reward for your progress?