Every once in a while, it’s healthy to look at your current lifestyle and evaluate where you could be treating your body better. Perhaps you’ve been overindulging on the weekends, or just need to do something to shake up your current heath routine. If this is the case, then a detox may be in order. Here are four changes you can make to detox your life.
Cut out processed foods
Processed foods are not natural, and not good for the human body. They are especially high in sugar and can actually become addictive, as the sugar releases the same pleasure hormone in the body as does alcohol and drugs. In addition, processed foods contain a number of unnatural ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrates and high levels of MSG. These ingredients slow down the body’s natural biological processes, and keep you from performing and living at your absolute best. In general, processed foods can lead to digestive and dietary issues, as well as long-term health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Consider starting a processed food detox to immediately improve your health and wellness.
Try eating like a caveman
Beyond cutting out processed foods, you could also try shifting what you eat only to naturally occurring foods. This is the basis of the “caveman” style of eating: where you only eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, animal products and minerals that are naturally produced in nature and have not been chemically or artificially altered. This diet follows the school of thought that these are the foods that humans were meant to eat (and are the foods that our caveman ancestors ate), before advanced food technologies came along.
Cut out alcohol and drugs
If you are currently imbibing in alcohol regularly, or using drugs to treat illness, you may want to take a hard look at your current habits. The detrimental effects of alcohol and drug abuse last well beyond a bad hangover and can negatively affect your mental health as well as your physical health. If you feel that you may be struggling with drug or alcohol use, consider seeking out professional help. There are many rehabilitation facilities that can assist you, including drug rehabs in NJ, as well as other U.S. states and cities.
Try essential oils
If you are taking pills for standard medication uses, like taking Advil for frequent headaches, this could be another way to “detox” your life. Consider switching up your treatment methods to more natural remedies, such as essential oils and vitamins. In many cases, making initial changes to your diet and activity levels can help you feel better and healthier, so you may not even need medication to treat ailments. But essential oils can provide a natural remedy for treating these issues, if they persist. For example, peppermint oil can be used to treat headaches. Lavender essential oil can help with sleep issues and insomnia.
No matter what method you start with, a detox is always a good way to reinvigorate your current health and wellness routine.