|Detoxification and Dieting - Infographic from U Weight Loss Clinics|
Many weight loss experts maintain that environmental toxins cause hormone, digestive and other imbalances in the body which, in turn, contribute to fat storage and weight gain, especially abdominal obesity aka belly fat.
In fact, a growing number of studies suggest a link between certain chemical "obesogens" and weight gain, obesity and an increased risk for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. It is thought that chemical obesogens may have different mechanisms of action. For example, they may alter energy metabolism, influence appetite and satiety regulating hormones, or disrupt the gut microbiome - any of which can predispose an individual to weight gain.
Detoxification and Weight Loss
Many weight loss experts also ascribe to the concept that active detoxification and cleansing is an integral and important step in any successful weight loss strategy.
By helping the body eliminate accumulated toxins, balance in metabolic and other functions can be restored, making it easier to release fat.
Detoxification and Diet
There are scores of whole body and targeted (i.e., liver, colon, etc.) cleanses and detoxification programs, protocols and products, ranging from simple, inexpensive at-home strategies to more complex and expensive dietary supplement formulas and procedures, including supervised medical cleanses, that are done at spas and clinics.
One of the simplest ways to detox is to improve your diet by consuming a wide range of fruits and vegetables, incorporating spices and both dried and fresh herbs into your dishes and avoiding processed and packaged foods.
It is well established that different foods can either hurt or help our health as well as hurt or help our weight loss efforts.
Refined, packaged, processed, fast, and junk foods are high in calories, oftentimes high in sugar and unhealthy fats, while being low in nutrient density and dietary fiber - all of which contribute to weight gain and an increased risk for metabolic disorders and various chronic conditions and diseases.
On the other hand, nutrient-dense foods like raw fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds provide important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and dietary fiber - all of which not only promote general good health but also support the body's own internal detoxification system.
A well-planned, plant-based or mostly plant-based whole-food diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is often recommended not only during cleansing and detoxification but also as a permanent strategy to maintain a healthy weight and increase general health, vitality and wellness.
Choosing How to Detox
Ultimately, which detox and cleanse you choose depends on many factors including your state of health, age, financial means, your reasons or goals (i.e., weight loss, hormone balance, blood sugar balancing, digestive issues, substance abuse recovery, etc.) and how much support you need.
Detoxification and cleanses, particularly the more extreme ones, are not indicated or recommended for everyone. It is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified medical or healthcare professional before beginning a detox or cleanse program. This is especially important if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any type of medical condition.
This infographic from U Weight Loss Clinics illustrates and include information about sources of toxins, toxic symptoms, proper detoxification, diseases associated with toxicity, detoxification influences, why and how to detoxify. For more information, please visit Detoxification & Dieting - U Weight Loss Clinics.
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