Periodic detoxification is a great way to keep your system running at top efficiency. If you are in the process of losing weight or regaining your health, a formal detoxification program can keep you going along the right path. However, there are three important things you need to think about when planning a detoxification.

Nutrient Density During a Detox

Detoxification is a heavily nutrient-dependent process. This means that the organs and systems involved in the remove of toxins from your body require a LOT of nutrients in order to function properly. Therefore, be sure that your dietary recommendations include lots of nutrient-dense foods, including plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, clean sources of protein, (only) healthy fats and plenty of water (see Hydration below).

In addition, you should strictly avoid anything that will slow the process of detoxification down, including sugars, white flour, gluten, red meat (beef and pork), packaged meats (i.e., hot dogs, sausage, deli meats, etc.), caffeine, alcohol and anything with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.

If you start on a food-only detoxification plan and begin to feel weak or otherwise unwell or if you’d just like the added assurance of getting all the nutrients you need for optimal detoxification, use some supplemental support (like the 10-day Clear Change Detox Program Kit).

Hydration and Detoxification

During any detoxification program, your body will be throwing off a lot of toxins. You need to facilitate the removal of these toxins as quickly as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is to drink plenty of water.

How much? A good general rule is to drink one-half your body weight in ounces per day plus 16-32 ounces during the detoxification. For example, a 200 lb. person would drink 100 ounces plus 16-32 ounces throughout the day. It is best to drink water every 30 minutes throughout the day to optimize hydration.

Rest & Relaxation

During a detoxification, you want as much of your energies as possible to go towards the detoxification process. Therefore, it is very important that you schedule plenty of down time during the detoxification program. This includes at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night, reducing exercise to walks and mild-moderate activity, incorporating some deep breathing exercises throughout the day and giving yourself the time (if you need it) to rest and relax during the day.

A detoxification is also a wonderful time to unplug and disconnect to all the chatter around you. Try an “information holiday” as much as you can – skip the news (TV, internet, paper) and reduce/eliminate electronic connections (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.). Use that time to do some breathing exercises, make some great food, catch up with old friends and/or do anything else that serves you and helps you to relax.

Periodic detoxifications can be fun and enjoyable as long as you plan ahead. Keep these three things to think about when planning your detoxification and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier you.

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