by David Sautter
The word “detox” is one of the most misused and abused words in the health and fitness world. It’s right up there with “fat burner.” Despite the overflow of products that claim to have a detox effect, the true definition of the word is lost on many consumers. A detox is where the body is able to naturally expunge the toxins that have built up over time. Toxins come from external and internal sources.
Scenario time: Let’s say that you plan a trip to the city and neglect the Smog Alert that’s plastered all over the news. Pollution is an example of an external toxin that is absorbed by your body. Another scenario: It’s Sunday morning and it was a long night. The fast food, the beer, the shots that the cute girl was selling for $3 a pop, that’s a mess of internal toxins. You ingested this and now your body is hard at work to clean it up.
I know what you’re thinking: “If my body can get rid of the toxins, then what’s the issue?” Think of your body as a production line with workers that clean everything that comes down the conveyor belt. On a normal day, production runs smoothly but normal hardly defines your life. Lack of sleep precedes a 9 hour day at the office. Then you have to run around town to do all the errands that have been neglected. So you cut corners with your meals, skip the gym, and somehow think that your body will be able to properly function on 4-5 hours of sleep. I won’t even begin to discuss the caffeine addiction.
The production line is scrambling to keep up with the conveyor belt. Workers can’t clean fast enough because there is just too much. At this point, your body takes the “I’ll get to that later” approach. (I’m sure you’re familiar with this concept) Your body stores the toxins in your fat cells until a later date when it can efficiently purge the toxin from the system. Cool, huh? Great concept except for the fact that you don’t slow down and the toxins keep building up and being stored away. If you are living on overload everyday, when does your body catch-up?
That’s where the Raw Food Detox comes in. When your body is receiving only proper nutrition, it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down or sort out the good from the bad. Suddenly, it has a lot of free time. The Raw Food Detox gives your body a much needed break, allowing it to take the toxins that have been stored up and give them a proper boot. A Raw Food Detox is easy to follow but it does require discipline. (Yes, Daniel-son. Discipline.)
Simply put, a Raw Food Detox is where you consume only raw (and preferably organic) fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, and super foods. You do this for a period of 3 to 7 days. The amount of time you choose is up to you. Obviously, the longer, the better, but you’re only human and being realistic isn’t a bad thing.
You’ve got the why and the what, now you need the how. Check out Part 2 on What is a Raw Food Detox for a complete list of what to buy, sample meals, and great tips on how to succeed.