During a recent trip to Los Angeles, there was an unmistakable pattern I determined after driving for so long. Being an avid travel lover, the eight-hour journey was something I was looking forward to; the exhaustion thereafter was expected.
However, on the road, I realized that there are not many choices that are considered healthy for weary travelers. Fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and rest stops were the brightly lit constructions that met my eyes every hour or so. Soon, my mantra went from stay healthy to eat whatever is available.
Unhealthy eating is one of America’s top issues today.
However, cleansing our bodies and ridding ourselves of greasy, unhealthy food can be done through detoxing, something I have found incredibly beneficial no matter the circumstances or timing.
What is detoxing?
Simply, it is defined as “to abstain or rid the body of chemicals”.
Cutting out sugar, red meat, caffeine, and dining on “natural foods” is the prime example of what detoxing looks like.
Considering the fact that fast food places (such as McDonald’s and Carl’s Jr) and pre-packaged foods (the goodies convenience stores offer) are basically chemicals in disguise, detoxing is an excellent way to wind down after a journey, whether it was just a weekend, or if it has been months.
One of the greatest reasons detoxing is beneficial is it clears the skin. By cutting out disadvantageous foods and filling the body with necessary nutrients, the entire body filters out the unnecessary. Detoxing rests the organs, stimulates the liver to drive toxins from the body, and improves the circulation of the blood. Thus, it is refueling the body overall with healthy nutrients. Consequently, the skin looks better.
Detoxing also cuts cravings. While it may seem the opposite, slowly cutting out different forms of sugar and saturated fats will eventually lead the body to crave the healthier choices. A fruit and veggie detox, for example, will allow your body to readjust to the foods it was meant to eat.
Our overall judgment for what tastes good and what tastes bad has been hijacked by the food industry. They have taken over our metabolism, taste buds, and brain chemistry, causing us to think we need certain foods when really, they’re killing us. Through detox, we can eliminate all yearning for these foods for good.
Finally, detoxing will evidentially help us lose weight. Unsurprisingly, many individuals are willing to cut out their beloved sugar in order to determine if it will help them lose weight. America is a body image obsessed and we are constantly thinking about how to look better and improve ourselves.
Toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, causing us to gain weight. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are linked directly to our weight issues. Detoxing thus rids the body of these harmful toxins stored in fat cells and increases our metabolism.
It can be overwhelming to cut out so much of what is familiar. Thankfully, many websites and books are helpful in this area and show us, step-by-step, exactly where to start, what to buy, and what to make.
Truthfully, the scariest part is changing our lifestyle and habits. However, detoxing is incredibly worth it because our health comes before a number of other things we put first.
In the end, your body will thank you for it.
This article was written by McKenna Vietti, a writer for dusk magazine.