Spring is approaching, and as we look ahead to a new season, we may have new goals or areas we’d like to focus more on in our personal of professional life or changes we want to make to support our physical, mental, and emotional health. Everywhere we look, we’re also hearing about what we can do to create happier, healthier and more organized spaces of our homes, offices, and our bodies.
There’s no doubt that simplifying certain areas of our life and taking stock of what no longer serves us can be beneficial to our mental and physical well being. What new habits can we put in place to support our goals and help us feel great mentally and physically? However, what if I told you that there’s no need to do any “spring cleaning” to your body – would you believe me?
Because we’re inundated with ads for products and services designed to tap into our insecurities, we’re conditioned to believe that we need special diets, exercise equipment and regimen, magic pills even, to achieve the height of beauty and health.
But we don’t.
The reality is that your body is already doing what it needs to in order to clean and replenish itself, thanks in large part to our liver and kidneys. These vital organs work both independently and in unison to remove toxic waste substances from the body. This process happens 24/7, 365 days of the year. There’s no need for a particular season to be upon us for this natural detoxification to happen, nor do we need a special diet or pill for it to take place.
The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and has several important metabolic functions. Among its many roles (it has over 500), is that of detoxification. Simply put, the liver “converts the nutrients in our diets into substances that the body can use, stores these substances, and supplies cells with them when needed. It also takes up toxic substances and converts them into harmless substances or makes sure they are released from the body.” The kidneys — two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist — filter about a half a cup of blood every minute, removing waste and extra water to make urine.
So What If You Want Or Really Do Need To Make Dietary Changes?
So when you see a product shouting health claims which encourage you to detox your body, ask yourself who’s behind these promises and what they’re trying to sell you. The phrase “I’m doing a detox” has become so commonplace that a quick Google search will produce thousands of articles about detox diets and programs promising quick fixes. If you find yourself feeling bad about your body or starting to second-guess every bite you consume to the point where it disrupts your daily functioning, take a step back. Sometimes when we’re already in an insecure place, we may be extra susceptible to messaging that preys on our pain points. Unfollow social media accounts that trigger you and reach out to a mental health professional or a dietitian if you want to make changes to benefit your health but know you need support and assistance coming up with a moderate approach.
You can support your body’s natural detoxifying functions through eating a well-balanced diet with lots of veggies, healthy fats, while being mindful to keep processed foods and sugar to a minimum and drinking plenty of water. Nourishing gut health through consuming probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods can also make a huge difference in supporting ovreall wellness.
The reality is that you don’t need any special supplements, diets, or equipment. Your body does it all for you, and having a positive mindset and a healthy relationship with food go a long way in supporting the work your body is naturally designed to do.
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