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It’s Time to Detox Your Body

Springtime and early summer are the perfect time By Miss Balison

Our bodies have natural detoxification pathways, but with the increased toxic exposure we face in today’s world (pesticides on our food, perfumes and chemicals in our beauty products, social media exposure adding pressure, busy and stressful lives), those pathways can become overburdened.

Having these detoxification pathways running smoothly is key to our health.

Ever wonder why you are sluggish, or depressed, or anxious, or have skin issues? Toxins, even seemingly low levels of toxins, can really impair our ability to function at our best. Here is a list of just some of the many benefits you may notice from supporting your detox pathways:

Boost energy levels. The sluggish feeling we get during the day can be the result of excess toxins in the body. Removing excess toxins can help to increase energy levels and keep you going strong throughout the day.

Support digestion and weight management. Detoxification can also help with long-term weight management by removing the toxins that are currently interfering with proper metabolic function and helping to set you up with healthy habits.

Reduce inflammation. Diet is an important aspect of detox. By supporting your digestive system through eating a diet of whole foods packed full of the nutrients your body needs, you will help to reduce inflammation that contributes to a host of problems. Sore joints anyone?

Promote healthy skin. Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect skin. By supporting the body in the removal of free radicals, heavy metals and other toxins, you will help to improve the appearance of your skin.

Strengthen your immune system. After your detoxification, your body will have better digestive and lymphatic function. Both of these are key to a strong and balanced immune system.

Improve your mood. Toxins and free radicals that accumulate in the body can also affect brain function. By removing the accumulations interfering with your mental and emotional state, you will open yourself up to better sleep, clear thought and positive energy.

Boost your metabolism. Your liver is largely related to the smooth running of your metabolism. If your liver is working hard to rid the body of all of the toxins it is exposed to on a daily basis (and it is!), it cannot function at its highest level to keep your metabolism running smoothly.

As spring comes to an end, prepare yourself for a healthy summer with a detox plan that works best for you and your lifestyle. Your body, and mind, will thank you.

Missi Balison is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and Certified Precision Nutrition coach.

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