From time to time we all feel this thing that is best explained with “ooh”. Probably because of the Sunday lunch which accidentally turned out to be dinner, after what we are late for work on Monday, or we couldn’t sleep all night because of overeating. Maybe a day after a celebration, a simple meal eaten late at night or for not some special reason.
Those are the days when you wish to restart your body and start all over. But how? The answer is detoxification, an enigmatic process that promises cleaning, rejuvenating and regeneration all in or less days!
The idea of wiping all the sins from your body sounds appealing, but is it really possible? Before you start with the magic procedure, you owe yourself scientific facts then the decision is yours.
When it comes to detoxification, the first thing that comes to our mind is the liver. Our bodies are designed to detoxify in different manners: through our skin, kidneys and the colon.
The skin is the biggest organ in our body that does detoxification, absorbing the toxins and releasing them through sweat. Our kidneys filter the blood and release toxins through the urine, and the colon is the last exit, where the toxins are mixed with fibers and are sent out in a form of excrement.
In case the exit doors are blocked, like in the case of constipation, toxins don’t have a place to go except to go back inside. That’s why in every attempt for detoxification you have to supply your body with fiber and water that will help realizing the toxins from your body.
Detoxification is a process that depends on the products you enter to your body. If you do this process wrong, there is more chance of doing harm to your body than doing good. Be careful what you consume because very often the popular recipes of juices for detoxification don’t consist of the nourishing ingredients needed for the three phases of detoxification.
The three phases of detoxification
The liver scans every molecule that circulates in our body and transforms the toxins in harmless substances that can be demolished through the first phase of detoxification. Even the ”good” molecules, like hormones, are constantly filtrated in our liver. If you have problems with sterility, acne, turgidity, breast sensitivity, or you just feel full, that’s probably because you are full, or respectively, your liver doesn’t recycle or eliminates the hormones like it should.
Some components go right away in the thirds phase of elimination, while others need to go to the second phase – degradation. In the second phase, the middle complex structures tie to molecules such as glutamine, sulfate, glycine, making non toxic substances that can be eliminated. In the second phase the free radicals are produced as remains. But, they can be neutralized if you eat healthy quantities of antioxidants.
Feed the phases
All of the elements mentioned above – enzymes, glutamine, sulfate, antioxidants, they all make detoxification possible and they all come from food. Two of the biggest delusions are: the first is that you have to starve to make detoxification successful, and the second: that you have to do this once a year. In reality, science has shown that you only have to eat healthy in order to complete detoxification, and you can do this every day.
There are certain nutritive ingredients that make the phases of detoxification easier, and they are all necessary for the process to be done without interruptions. If you eat too much necessary nutrients that are good for phase one, and not enough ingredients that help the second phase, then you are in trouble. Why is that so? Well, because the toxins from phase one will stay in our body if the second phase isn’t working.
The main ingredients needed for the first phase are: folic acid, calcium, Vitamins B3, B6, B12, A, E, C. The best sources of these ingredients are fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, and interesting but true: organ meat (tongue, heart, liver).
The second phase is in need of amino acids, glycine, taurine, cysteine, which all of these come from amino acids. After phase two, neutralized toxins should be extracted from the body. Even though the fruit and vegetables are mostly connected to detoxification, proteins are the key element in the process. If you don’t have the proteins your body needs to make amino acids, it will use the proteins from the muscles, from which case the diets with detoxification often lead to mass loss. But when you lose weight in this way you not only lose the fat, you also lose muscle mass.
Detoxification also needs sulfur and selenium, which can be found in eggs (sulfur) and fish (selenium). Brazilian nuts are also a good source of selenium, and the sulfur can be also found in garlic, onions and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and sprout.