Between Labor Day barbecues and European getaways, many of us are feeling run down and overtaxed, or experiencing any number of other symptoms that follow summer “excess,” from fatigue to digestion problems to muscle aches. If so, it could be time for a detox. You may have heard that our bodies are designed to naturally detoxify themselves. While that’s true—our livers, kidneys, cardiovascular systems, and even our skin all work to expel toxins—there are still many benefits to doing a detox of your own making, and there are many foods and supplements that have remarkable powers when it comes to eliminating waste and toxins.
What is detoxification?
A detox is essentially the process of removing toxins from the body. Toxins come in many shapes and forms, but in short, they are substances that are harmful to the body. We are exposed to toxins through everything from foods sprayed with pesticides and farmed fish to household cleaners and even the air we breathe.
The process of detoxification can take many forms, the most common being a change of diet, the introduction of vitamin supplements, and herbal detoxification regimens. Switching to natural beauty products is also a great idea when it comes to exposure from chemicals in shampoo, skin care essentials, and the like.
What are the benefits of a detox?
Exposure to toxins can have long-term effects that can cause disease and illness, so one of the primary benefits of detoxing your body is your overall health and longevity. However, after detoxing, you’ll see more immediate benefits, both physical and mental, as your organs (where toxins are stored) begin to work more effectively. Here are some of the primary benefits:
If you’ve ever perused the aisles of Whole Foods or Erewhon, or pored over an issue of Goop, you may have seen fish oil touted as a cure-all for all manner of health issues, from heart disease to depression to diabetes. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for healthy eating, there are many scientifically proven benefits of fish oil, and most people should consider adding it to their diet. In fact, it is the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States.Read on to learn what fish oil is and what the top benefits of fish oil are.