After a winter of evenings spent comfort eating and drinking glasses of wine, you may be feeling a little tired or sluggish. It’s around this time of year you’ll hear your super healthy friends throwing the word “detox” around, but what does a detox actually mean? And does it actually work?
The purpose of a detoxification is to rid the body of substances that are either toxic or burdensome to the organs.
These excess toxins can cause physical and mental health issues like chronic fatigue, headaches, insomnia and diseases.
MUDr. Silvie Knoppová from CMC says: “In the strictest sense, the word is used for the detoxification of the intestines, a cleansing procedure. When this method is used rationally along with a proper diet, then the body is certainly fortified in the long term”
Our bodies constantly cleanse themselves – i.e. they get rid of harmful substances which represent a strain on the liver, kidneys and the digestive system. So you can detox yourself by combining a healthy diet, lots of water, plenty of movement in the fresh air, resting and avoiding harmful substances like cigarettes and alcohol.
One way to kick start your detox is to include natural remedies in your diet. They can easily be found in the supermarket, the most popular ones in the Czech Republic are garlic, sea buckthorn, cranberries and aloe vera. These are proven to have antiseptic and antioxidant qualities and can truly contribute to the overall regeneration of the body. In fact, many of these are used in Chinese, Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine as well as other alternative approaches.