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What Should You Do Once You Finish A Detox Plan?
If you have just finished detoxing, you should be looking and feeling great and will want to hold on to that feeling for as long as possible. Making sure you benefit from your detox going forward is essential for leading a healthier lifestyle, and sticking to new eating routines will help.
While a detox can make you feel energized and full of vitality, doing the detox itself can be challenging, with highs and lows along the way. Apart from hunger pangs, it can also cause you to feel emotional and tired, but as you near the finish line, you will feel euphoric and may even be reluctant to go back to your old diet.
Every day, the body ingests toxins, and it is then the body’s job to clear these out. This is mainly done by the liver, but other organs such as the kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal tract also have to work hard and play a role. When toxins get inside the intestines, they are absorbed by the bloodstream. By giving your intestines a cleanse, you will have healthier bowel movements and can start to clean out any waste that has been building up in your body.
The kidneys are one of the hardest-working organs in the body. By detoxing, you are giving them a well-deserved break. During this process, they can get rid of any excess toxins and acid, and this can bring about many benefits, including lowering your blood pressure.
The liver’s job is to separate what your body needs from what it does not need. During a detox, when you are only putting healthy, beneficial liquids into your body, the liver gets a chance to reset.
When you are detoxing, if your energy levels allow it, try to keep exercising as much as possible as sweating will also help excrete toxins from the body. Following a detox, you should feel more energized than before. When working out, you will feel motivated to work harder.
Doing a cleanse
The first thing you should do post-detox is determine which foods you can bring back into your regular diet and which foods you should cut out completely - or at least cut down on - in order to stay healthy moving forward.
Processed foods are convenient and can be tempting, but if you replace these foods with whole foods, you will be getting more nutrients back into your body, so try to stick to organic produce when you can. Eat nuts, beans and pulses and foods without preservatives or added sugars.
Fruit and Vegetables
Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are good for you, but by eating three to five portions a day, you will be protecting your digestive system by ensuring you are getting enough fiber in your diet. Vegetables don’t have to be boring; they can be cooked in several ways and can be flavorful as well as nutritious. Look for recipes that give you a boost, like this Easy Cauliflower Soup. If you really aren’t fond of vegetables, prepare a daily green juice as this will ensure you are getting enough vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
Yes, there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats can be found in foods such as peanut butter, avocados, olives, nuts and tofu. Bad fats come from processed foods like rich dairy and sausages.
Following a detox, you will need to slowly introduce solid foods back into your body, but even drinks with refined sugar added make your body have to work harder to absorb them. Try sticking to water. If you are craving something sweet, use honey or fruit. When shopping, look at the ingredients and make sure you know what you are buying. If you want something sweet, consider making healthy, sweet foods, like this Chia Pudding.
When you detox, you should cut out caffeine. How much coffee or tea you drank before the detox will determine how much you’ve missed it, but introduce it back slowly. If you were a caffeine addict before, use this opportunity to reduce your caffeine intake. Try replacing it with hot water and lemon or herbal alternatives.
Similar to caffeine, go slowly and cut down, perhaps by saving alcoholic drinks for special occasions only.
Just like during your detox, it is essential to stay hydrated afterward. Try to get into the habit of keeping a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and sipping from it regularly.