The Biggest Obstacles to Any Full Body Detox

By: John Khu

Obstacles are bound to crop up during any full body detox. In order to allow your program to work, you must deal with these right away. There is no point in going through with a natural body detox if you are not willing to cut those things out of your life as they will continue to allow toxins in your system. This is a lifetime process.

1. Nicotine: If you're a smoker, don't even bother with a body detox program unless you are committed to quit. Besides being deadly, there are hundreds of carcinogens and tons of other chemicals that will hinder your ability to follow a body detox program. Slowly wean yourself off of smoking or go to your doctor for help.

2. Stress: Even if you think you are doing everything right, your whole body detox will never work if you're constantly stressed out. Stress triggers hormones that slow the process, and can keep a full body detox form working. Be sure you deal with stress as soon as it comes up through meditation, exercise or whatever works.

3. UV Rays: Frying on a tanning bed wreaks havoc on any body detox diet, so does spending hours in the sun leaving your skin unprotected. UV damages your body and piles the toxins on. Be sure to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply after a couple of hours in the sun.

4. Not getting enough nutrients in your diet: Certain B-vitamins, beta-carotene, and other nutrients are vital to any body detox diet. Be sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, including seaweed. Bulk up on fiber and eat plenty of brown rice. Take a multivitamin daily. Omega 3s and/or fish oil is also a good thing to add.

5. Ingesting chemicals: A total body detox includes shunning all toxins. Try to eat as many organic foods as possible, keeping away from foods that may have pesticides, BGH, and other chemicals. Try shopping at farmer's market or your local produce stand to avoid paying the higher prices in specialty markets.

6. Staying dehydrated: Eight glasses a day is no longer the recommended amount of water you should drink. Divide by your weight in lbs by two, and drink that many ounces of water daily. Hydration will help you feel refreshed and move those toxins out of your pores.

7. Cut back on prescriptions: While some medications are necessary, cut back on any painkillers or other medications that are not for chronic or life threatening conditions. Some of these medications are actually bad for your liver and will hinder the whole body detox.

Remember that there is no way you can cut all this out at once. Easy does it. Gradually cut back on the harmful things and work in the good stuff. Don't think of this as punishment or some kind of restriction. These are lifestyle changes, an essential to making any body detox program work.

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