Wouldn’t it be nice to know for sure that the air, water, and food that you consume each day were clean and free of toxins? Sadly, that’s not the case.
From the chemicals in our household cleaners and personal care products to pesticides and herbicides in our produce and drinking water, we live in a pollution-filled world. There’s simply no way to avoid it.
And our hectic, on-the-go lifestyle means that we’re more likely to consume processed and fast foods regularly. Because all these things leave us feeling exhausted and generally not well, we turn to medications, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and other addictive and toxic substances as a way to cope.
But if you’re practicing yoga regularly, chances are good that you are also consciously making changes to improve your health and wellbeing. Cleansing and detoxing at the beginning of each season is a great way to give your body a reset.
It can help you lose weight, boost energy, improve digestion and immune function, and rebalance your hormones. In fact, no matter what your overall health and wellness goals are, you’ll likely get better results if you start out with a clean slate.
Why Consider a Cleanse and Detox?
The human body has a built-in system that gets rid of toxins and waste, so why would you need to detox? Over time, due to our exposure to so many toxins, the body’s natural detoxification process can become sluggish, leading to inflammation and a general feeling of being unwell.
According to the experts at the NYC functional medicine clinic, Rahav Wellness, when the detoxification process is compromised in this way, lack of energy and an increase in chronic disease and infections are a common result. They say it’s because the body’s organs are overworked and begin to function less optimally.
Cleansing and detoxing don’t just give the detoxification system a fresh start. They also help to repair and nurture other vital organs that have been working double time. In essence, a proper cleanse and detox resets and restores your entire system by getting rid of toxic overload.
During a detox retreat, you will also be introduced to some amazing healthy lifestyle and dietary strategies that can help you combat toxic overload at home.
How to Know You Need a Cleanse and Detox
Toxins can find their way into our bodies in a variety of ways. We consume them unknowingly, breathe them in, and even absorb them through the skin. The body also produces its own toxins and waste, which can’t be removed efficiently if the detoxification system is overloaded.
Here’s how to know it’s time for a cleanse and detox:
- You suffer from skin issues like acne, rashes, eczema, and over-dryness that never seems to get better, no matter how meticulously you care for your skin.
- You have chronic digestive issues, such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
- You deal with unexplained chronic aches and pains, fatigue, and low energy levels.
- You often feel depressed, unmotivated, stressed, and/or overwhelmed.
- You struggle to maintain a healthy weight.
- You get sick often.
- You suffer from brain fog or chronic, unexplained headaches.
8 Benefits of Cleansing and Detoxing That You May Not Have Considered
- Improved Energy Levels
Lack of energy, chronic fatigue, and general sluggishness are common signs of toxic overload. This is usually related to the body’s inability to process and absorb nutrients from the foods you eat due to an accumulation of toxins in the body.
Ananda Yoga and Detox center has a liver and gallbladder cleansing add-on program which can be used to remove build up and plaque from the colon, giving the digestive system a clean slate to rebuild from. By practicing absolute fasting for either 3.5 or 7.5 days, your body will be able to absorb nutrition more freely which can boost energy at the cellular level. This type of cleanse leaves you feeling lighter and more energized.
- Improved Mental Clarity
Science has proven that gut health and brain function are connected. When the gut isn’t functioning at its best due to toxic overload, the brain can’t either. This often results in brain fog and a lack of mental clarity.
Our detox program often results in improved brain function due to improved digestive health. Not only that, but the brain contains one of the largest accumulations of fat in the body. Since many toxins are fat-soluble, a full body cleanse often results in immediate improvement.
- Enhanced Liver Function
The liver is one of the most overworked organs in the body. Its job is to remove toxins from the body. When it’s trying to cope with toxic overload, it simply can’t keep up. You always have the option to complete a liver cleanse at the same time as detoxing. Giving this vital organ a break helps restore optimal hormone balance and overall liver health.
- Strengthen the Immune System
Many people don’t realize that much of the immune system resides in the gut. Toxic overload can take a major toll on the immune and lymphatic systems. When these systems are compromised, you’re more susceptible to illness and infections.
After cleansing and detoxification at Ananda Yoga Detox Thailand, the immune and lymphatic function will be greatly improved. This allows your white blood cells to combat microorganisms and other foreign bodies more efficiently.
- Easier Weight Management
Cleansing and detoxifying restore proper metabolic function by giving the gut a fresh start. This improves the body’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients from food, making healthy weight management easier.
- Improved Skin Health
Most of us know that the skin is the largest organ of the body, but did you know it’s also one of the most important detoxifying organs? Toxic overload in the body often manifests itself on the skin. Issues like acne, rashes, dryness, and eczema can all be related to toxins.
Once toxic overload is resolved with a cleanse and detox, you may notice improved skin health and fewer breakouts.
- Reduced Pain and Inflammation
Toxic overload triggers an abnormal immune response that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body. Cleansing and detoxification remove toxins and allows the immune system to reset and function properly.
- Better Mood Health
As we’ve already discussed, toxic overload can have a major impact on brain health. This inevitably affects our emotions and moods. Once toxins are removed from the body, you’ll notice improved mood health and feel more stable emotionally. This also results in better sleep and improved self-esteem.
The Bottom Line
If you are dealing with the signs of toxic overload, consider a detox retreat with us at Ananda Yoga and Detox, to get things back on track. No matter what area of your overall health and mental wellbeing you’re concerned about, cleansing and detoxification give the body a fresh start. It’s an essential first step in any wellness plan.