When detox diets were all the rage a few years ago, it was actively promoted as a weight loss method, and that generalization somehow stuck. But detoxing isn’t just another weight loss method. It entails so much more health benefits than that, and is great even for those who are not seeking to shed kilos. Here are eight other benefits of a detox you might not know about.
You'll Have Clearer Skin
Detox rids of your body — including your skin — of toxins and impurities. Impurities are often the cause of clogged pores and uneven skin tone, hence by ridding your skin of these, you’ll find your clearing up.
In fact, there are even detox diets that are tailored to clear your skin up!
Your Hair Will Be Healthier And Look More Lustrous
If you’ve always wanted the K-celeb hair, maybe it’s time to start from inside out. After all, healthy hair starts at the roots — or the scalp.
A detox diet can improve the health of your scalp, but you can also go a step further by deep cleansing your scalp to get rid of impurities for softer hair.
You Are Less Prone To Having Bad Breath
While bad breath is often caused by bacteria in the mouth, it could also point to toxing buildup in your liver and colon.
A detox helps to rid these organs of toxins and hence, eliminate the odour.
You Will Have A Better Immune System
When your body is rid of toxins, it’s able to better absorb nutrients. This, in turn, boosts your immune system, making you less prone to falling ill, and lowering your risk of getting cancer.
You Will Have An Improved Blood Circulation
Poor blood circulation can lead to various problems, including heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
One easy way to improve blood circulation is to detoxify your blood by consuming foods such as leafy vegetables, garlic and burdock. A good blood circulation in turn, leads to healthier organs, especially the stomach and liver.
Your Body Gets Rid Of Stored Waste
If you have a stomachache and need to use the toilet, do so immediately because when you hold it in, not all your waste is excreted — some are stored in the colon, which means the toxins don’t leave your body.
A detox helps to get rid of this toxin buildup, hence clearing your colon. However, don’t do this over a prolonged period of time as it might affect your natural bowel movements.
You Will Have A Clearer Mind
A detox can improve your brain function and clear your mind. Dr Olivier Wenker said, “..toxins tend to mess around with your overall lifestyle. They mess around with your body weight, your appearance, your brain function.” A detox diet can make you feel more relaxed and, in turn, clear your mind.
This also improves your brain power and makes you more focused at work.
You Will Sleep Better At Work
When you’re more relaxed, you’ll be able to enjoy a more restful sleep at night. A good night’s sleep improves your overall health and alertness.
Text: Hidayah Idris/CLEO