Whether weight loss came up as one of your New Year’s resolutions or not, engaging in a healthier lifestyle is a relatively universal wish. Now in the aftermath of holiday gluttony, many people are looking to start fresh and what better way than with a detox diet.
Detoxes have recently exploded in popularity, though the concept of detoxification can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt. Exposure to chemicals in the air and eating processed foods causes toxins to build up in the body over time and they begin to interfere with its regular processes. Many foods besides fresh fruit have also been shown to leave a sort of mucus in the digestive track. A detox diet is designed to remove the toxins and replace them with healthy vitamins and nutrients as well as clean out any buildup of mucus or other deposits that may impede digestion. Although detox methods vary, one in particular combines convenience, simplicity, and effectiveness: the citrus detox
Citrus fruits like limes, oranges, pineapple and grapefruits are known for their high amounts of Vitamin C. An extra supply of this vitamin is useful in promoting a faster metabolism, reducing the risk of illness, and lower cortisol levels with helps the body relax after it is confronted with stress, such as the craziness of the holiday season.
Other benefits of citrus fruits include their supply of fiber which ensures the proper removal of toxins through waste. These fruits also made up of mostly water which is necessary for both flushing out bad chemicals as well as absorbing good nutrients. In fact, in addition to eating these kinds of fruits, detox diets recommend consuming large amounts of water, tea, and/or 100% juice to further this process and to prevent/correct dehydration. Extended dehydration can cause the body to retain excess water and contributes to a breakdown of key processes like the kidneys’ ability to filter the toxins and the heart’s ability to regulate blood pressure.
Finally, citrus fruits are packed with live enzymes that assist the body in many of its chemical reactions. These enzymes build protein and help the body breakdown toxins so they can be easily removed. Eating a raw citrus fruit or drinking water flavored with fresh citrus juice is the best way to make sure that you are supplying your body with the right stuff. Any kind of manipulation of the fruit through heat or even prolonged light can damage or destroy the enzymes.
Because of their long list of detoxing tools, citrus fruits are included and highlighted in almost every kind of detox diet. Although an extended cleanse will necessarily call for more substantial foods, a pure citrus cleanse is thought to last about 3-5 days.
As with any detoxing method, it is important to consult your doctor before beginning a new diet.
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