Detox is simply defined as the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. No air we breathe, no food we eat and especially no drugs we consume are completely clean. The body has several organs that detoxify the “ashes” of metabolism, namely the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. For the body to feel its best, these organs need to be functioning well all the time. As the health of any of the detoxifying organs declines, the health of the entire body slips as well.
Restructure your schedule, follow the detox diet plan below, form solid habits, and bask in the success of your efforts. The only requirement of a successful detox diet plan is discipline.
- Carbohydrate Detox
All forms of carbohydrate is broken down by our body to form glucose, a simple form of sugar. Our body uses glucose for fuel but levels that exceed requirements is toxic. It is estimated that the average American consumes more than 450g of carbohydrates a day from mostly processed grain and sugar sources.
The daily RDI for carbohydrates is actually 300g or less, an amount easily surpassable with fast food. Part of the detox diet plan is the replacement of nutrient inferior carbohydrate with quality carbohydrate full of fiber that is absorbed slowly into our system, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels.
Vegetables are the most nutrient dense sources of healthy fiber. They also contain much higher nutrient levels than grains/sugars and have a cleansing effect on the body. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and leafy greens are among the top 5.
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Every so often, you will feel tired. Sometimes, it could just be plain simple stress from having to deal with the problems of the day. Hours of work, plus the commitment of being a parent, can leave you feeling aged, frumpy and like you have lost so much of yourself.
Read on and discover the 19 most relaxing, self spoiling and satisfying things you can do to make yourself feel waaaaaaaay better.
- Full Body Massage
You begin feeling better even before the therapist walks into the room that is tranquil, surrounded by calming music and soothing scents. Once your massage starts, all that tied up tension and stress begins to melt away.
- Full Manicure/Pedicure
Manicures/pedicures increase your confidence. There is nothing better than getting a fabulous manicure/pedicure and drooling over your gorgeous hands/feet as your manicurist paints the final touches. You could also look forward to the mini-massage component that makes manicure/pedicure feel that much more wonderful.
Nothing says “I’m turning things around” better than a new hairstyle. Discover something that is completely, uniquely and beautifully you. Hair can be beautiful in many shapes, lengths, cuts and colors. You will know it once you’ve picked the right hairstyle to match your skin coloring, flatter the angles of your face and bring out the color of your eyes. Imagine the glamour and satisfaction when compliments start pouring in.
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Did you know it takes about 6 hours to halve the amount of coffee that is in your body? Imagine that you have just drank 100mg worth of caffeine at 8am. By 2pm, 50mg is still circulating in you. This goes on every 6 hours until the amount becomes insignificant. If you’re on prescription drugs like the pill, caffeine takes twice as long to metabolize. This is reality, much like these other 27 facts about caffeine.
To stop or even reduce drinking coffee is hard. This is because of the highly addictive nature of caffeine and the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that come with it. I WAS a coffee addict and I know how hard it takes to stop. Below are some of the more practical ways to reduce and eventually stop drinking coffee that you should start doing. Now.
Like the saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step”.
- Gradually Cutback
If you drink more than 1 cup a day, start reducing slowly, cup by cup. For example, if your typical day includes 3 cups, drop a cup for a week and then another one for the next until your reach 1 cup a day. This act allows your body to adjust easily to the lack of caffeine.
- Adjust To Decaf
Change to decaffeinated coffee. This way you still have the coffee but the caffeine levels are microscopic compared to caffeinated coffee. You are effectively cutting down without sacrificing coffee.
- Reduced Caffeine Alternatives
Replace it with much healthier caffeinated alternatives like green tea, which has 4 times less caffeine than coffee and comes with a host of health benefits that make you live longer.
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