Are you looking for a restart button for your health? Does the latest detox craze have you wondering if you should try that cleansing diet or laxatives regimen for yourself?
While the marketing behind these detox programs looks appealing, they may be more harmful than helpful — your body’s detoxification system already works to help cleanse you, and the juice-only, sauna-steaming, substitute-all-carbs-for-cabbage-and-kale detox isn’t something your body really needs. Restricting yourself in the name of detoxing will not help you on your journey, but instead leave you running for the nearest donut shop when you are finished.
Instead of thinking about how to detox, how about a reset? Let’s reset the body and mind to appreciate and crave a healthy lifestyle — instead of just trying to detox, a reset can help you experience the benefits of wellness so you can work to incorporate nourishment and health into your everyday life.
By resetting your body with a well-developed plan, you may reap the benefits of better digestion, improved energy and sleep, a better metabolism, and more nutrients for your body to eliminate toxins naturally.
Before you jump on the latest detox bandwagon, let's learn some simple ways to reset your body and lifestyle, and the positive effects that come with.
What’s the Problem with a “Detox”?
The word “detox” gets a lot of attention these days, but it may not be as good as you think. The human body is incredible. There are systems in place to help us heal, one of these being a detoxification system.
The liver, colon, and kidneys are in place to detox our bodies naturally. Forcing these organs to do their job is not necessary, but providing them with the nutrients they need to thrive, like antioxidants and vitamins, is key to them doing the best job they can.
Oftentimes, detox diets are high in liquids, which can cause your kidneys to underproduce the electrolytes your body needs. They can also lack the nutrients your body needs to function and can cause your natural metabolism to slow and cause weight gain.
While weight loss isn’t always the goal of detox, oftentimes, it makes the top three reasons someone is interested in detoxing, so a slowed metabolism is not the result we want here.
The problem does not lie in removing all things from your body so it can “detox,” but what you can add to your diet to increase your health. Sure, taking out overly-processed, high-fat fried foods, or refined grains and sugars, is a great place to start when beginning a healthy lifestyle, but partaking in an overly restrictive detox diet may not be the healthiest of options.
Because detox diets are restrictive, they can leave you craving the things you're trying to avoid once the detox is over, and that can do a lot of harm both physically and mentally.
What Are the Benefits of Resetting the Body?
Instead of detoxing our bodies, embarking on a lifestyle reset may be a better option for long-term gains. A reset can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to support whole-body health while promoting new, healthy habits for a lifestyle of wellness.
We offer our Kroma 5-Day Lifestyle Reset which incorporates ancient healing strategies with modern clinical principles to provide you with delicious, nutrient-rich superfoods that will help you revitalize, heal and transform your mind and body.
Making small, meaningful changes can help you make lasting changes in your life.
By taking the guesswork out of your meals, you can focus on other changes through exercise, hydration, and healthy sleep.
Helps Increase Metabolic Function
The way your body processes sugar is very important in your overall health. When there is an imbalance in metabolic function, it can cause other negative effects on your overall health.
During a reset, trans fats and high-sugar foods are removed from your diet. Consuming more herbs and spices like ginger and turmeric, as well as high-fiber fruits and vegetables, can have a big impact on your metabolic health.
Beyond resetting your diet, a full-body reset prioritizes sleep, includes an exercise routine, and oftentimes helps with weight management. All of these physical changes can help boost metabolic function.
Instead of focusing on detoxing your body, you can support you digestion by restoring your gut with the help of healing broths. The collagen in bone broth can strengthen and heal the lining of your intestines, making it easier for your body to digest food absorb the nutrient, not to mention the positive effects that can have on the probiotics in your gut.
When you remove processed, fatty, fried foods and focus on easily digestible foods that are full of nutrients, your digestion can focus on being more efficient. It can easily break down foods and provide nutrients to the body. The fiber in whole fruits and vegetables helps the gut absorb water to aid in easier bowel movements and promote healthy gut bacteria needed for digestion.
Plus, cutting out processed, refined foods results in fewer chemicals going into your body. When you stop putting junk in your body and instead replace that junk with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive, you may find that symptoms like fatigue or general unwellness start fading.
Helps Provide Your Body With Nutrients
In a healthy diet reset, foods that are full of nutrients and easily digestible are key. Focusing on superfoods is important to give your body the vitamins, minerals, protein, and antioxidants it needs.
Broths and smoothies are an easy way to incorporate these foods. They are delicious and provide a lot of nutrients in each meal. Beverages like golden milk lattes, matcha, and green drinks are ways you can increase your nutrition between meals.
Supports Toxin Elimination
When you feed your body the whole, nutrient-dense foods in a reset, you are giving your body the tools it needs to support its natural detoxification process. Your body naturally removes toxins through the liver, kidneys, and colon. Each of these organs can be supported by anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich foods like leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), fruits, legumes, nuts, and foods high in omega-3s.
Drinking water throughout the day also helps with toxin elimination. Without water, we would be unable to eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements.
Lifestyle changes like exercise also help remove toxins. Working out helps our bodies sweat and move the lymphatic system to process and remove toxins.
Supports Weight Loss and Debloating
While starting a reset doesn’t always have to be for weight loss, it is often the reason many people go on this journey.
Eliminating overly processed foods, fatty/fried foods, and refined sugar and grains can help you in your weight loss journey. By incorporating these nutrient-dense, whole superfoods into a reset in a delicious, simple way, you can make easy changes to help see long-lasting results.
Because a reset helps heal the gut and promote better digestion and healthy bacteria, your body can naturally debloat. After you eat foods in your reset plan, you will not be left feeling overly full like you have to unbutton your jeans. You will be left feeling satisfied, energized, and bloat-free.
Helps Improve Sleep
With the correct macronutrient blend of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, the sympathetic nervous system, or the fight or flight response, can shut off.
Once this happens, the parasympathetic nervous system, or the rest, digest, and heal response, can kick in and the body can start self-healing at its own rate and pace. This allows your body to customize the healing it needs in a way that is safe.
In this switch, you will feel calmer yet still energetic during the day and sleep deeper at night. More restful sleep means your body can do the physical and mental clean-up that happens during stage N3 of sleep, or Delta Sleep.
Helps Improve Energy
When you spend more time with the parasympathetic nervous system turned on and a lower inflammation set point, a safety flag is signaled to the fat cells to release fat stored toxins at a pace where the liver, kidneys, and colon can efficiently process them out of the body.
It also allows for more active thyroid hormones to get into the cell and increase cellular energy, supporting thyroid health. The combination of these two processes is key to lasting weight loss, improved mood, and better energy.
Water, exercise, and sleep, in addition to healthy foods, are all beneficial for your energy levels. With your lifestyle reset, you will not need to reach for coffee in the morning. Once your body starts to enjoy the positive changes you are giving it, you will wake up with more energy to seize the day.
Helps Balance Adrenals
Adrenals are glands that produce hormones for metabolism, immune systems, blood pressure, stress response, and other bodily functions. A well-balanced diet is key to balancing your adrenals.
When you incorporate a well-developed reset plan into your life, it can provide your body with the antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals it needs to support your adrenals.
Green tea or matcha, the highest grade of green tea, has L-theanine, an amino acid that has calming, anti-anxiety properties. This can support the environment needed for your adrenals to heal.
How Can I Reset My Body?
Resetting your body is more than simply eating well. Of course, diet plays a huge role, but a reset should be a lifestyle change.
Paying attention to your body, mind, and spirit holistically will help you make the changes you are craving in your life.
Step 1: Get Quality Sleep
How many times have you planned out your whole week, every work function, kid’s soccer game, and social event, and never once thought about when you will sleep? Probably a lot, because it is normal in the culture we live in.
We need to rethink this approach.
Prioritizing sleep is crucial for our overall health, especially when we are trying to rest our bodies. In order for your body to properly heal and repair itself, it needs to go into Delta Sleep.
Besides the scientific reasons why sleep is important, there is also an emotional component. When we are well-rested, we are more likely to make better choices in our day. Exercise may not seem like as much of a chore when rested. When you are not overwhelmed with stress from daily life, you are more likely to eat a well-balanced meal, and not rely on swinging into the fast food place for an easy meal.
Step 2: Drink Plenty of Water
Our bodies are made up of 50 to 70% water. Water is crucial to our existence. Drinking water helps our bodies to remove waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements. If our bodies do not have adequate water, they will will store toxins instead of releasing them. When our bodies hold toxins, it can cause skin issues, constipation, aches and pains, or low energy.
Besides eliminating toxins, water is responsible for regulating your temperature, lubricating and cushioning your joints, and digestion.
While the standards on water vary, an easy way to remember how much water you should drink daily is half of your body weight in ounces.
For example, if you weigh 150lbs, you should try and drink 75oz in water. Depending on your climate, exercise routine, and personal needs, you may need more or less.
Step 3: Limit Alcohol Use
When you are giving your body a reset, it is key to limit your alcohol use. Alcohol can cause oxidative stress and produce toxins in the body, specifically the liver. When you are focusing on resetting your body and giving it the nutrients it needs to remove toxins, you are potentially negating this good by giving your body a toxin like alcohol. Alcohol is also dehydrating and affects your energy levels and sleep.
We all love champagne at brunch, and we are not asking you to give it up forever, unless that is a decision you have chosen, but limiting it will be helpful in resetting your body to a new, healthier lifestyle.
Step 4: Exercise
Have you noticed when you start your day by moving your body through exercise, the rest of the day you are more likely to eat well? Exercise is a great motivator for keeping your goals. It also helps increase and maintain your energy levels for the day.
Besides the way exercise makes you feel, it's also an important part of resetting your body. Exercise boosts your natural detox by promoting circulation and eliminating toxins through sweat. Your lymphatic system is also helped by exercise. This system does not have a pump like your heart, so movement through walking, jumping, yoga, running, and swimming help pump the lymphatic fluid.
The lymphatic system helps release toxins from the body through urine, sweat, and bowel movements, and it can be supported by the hormones your body naturally releases through exercise.
Step 5: Cultivate a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is crucial in resetting your lifestyle, and probably one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle. We live in a food world. There is a 24-hour television channel based solely around food. Parties, girls’ nights, holidays, and our rewards for a job well done are usually planned around food. It's hard to break out of this culture.
Putting a healthy diet in place, and treating it as a healthy lifestyle change and not simply a restrictive diet, will help you break out of this food hamster wheel. There are healthy options out there that can be even more enjoyable than the junk food options, it just takes a little work to break through the social norms.
Focus on a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Making sure to get a well-rounded diet that is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties is ideal.
When you use a reset plan like ours, we have already done the work for you. The Kroma 5-Day Lifestyle Reset is the first step in re-establishing healthy habits by giving your body delicious, functional whole foods and beverages that are super convenient and incredibly enjoyable.
There is more to health than participating in a restrictive, depleting detox. Detoxes can remove more than just toxins. They can deplete your body of nutrients, slow your metabolism, and leave you feeling weak.
When you focus on resetting your body, it is a lifestyle change. The key is concentrating on your sleep, water consumption, exercise, and diet. This full-body approach helps nourish your body and promote health and detoxification naturally. When you feed your body with nutrient-dense, whole foods, you are providing support to the organs that naturally detoxify the body, like the kidneys, colon, and liver.
At Kroma, we believe in the power of food as medicine. Each food has been carefully selected to give your body the tools it needs to nourish and detoxify itself. There are no quick fixes to health, but finding ways to incorporate lifestyle changes is more beneficial and long-lasting, and that is where we come in to help.
Our 5-Day Lifestyle Reset is the perfect way to get you recharged and motivated to make the changes you have been craving.
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