o you need a 3 Day Detox? Here at the PilatesEVO School in Barcelona we work closely with our friends at Barcelona Bienestar fitness and wellness holidays and retreats. We asked them to give us one of their detox programs that they use, so we can share it with you.
But the first question is, what is a detox?
The word Detox is just short for detoxification. DETOXification is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. If so, what are toxins? Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, and water. Normally, our bodies are designed to be able to get rid of these toxins naturally. The body itself performs detoxification daily via the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic system. All these systems work together to ensure that toxins are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted from the body. The lungs excrete toxic gases from the blood and gets fresh oxygen from the air. Heavy metals are excreted via sweat and urine while solid waste and other toxins are eliminated via the faeces.
But our bodies can become just overloaded.
If you are not living under a glass dome where all the microbes are killed, where you breathe pure pine-forest-like-oxygen and eat only organically grown raw vegetables and fruits and drink only spring water, then most likely that your body is full of all kinds of toxins. So that will be all of us then! Simply because many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. Toxins include pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food, chemicals from food packaging, household cleaners, detergents, food additives, heavy metals, pollution, drugs, and cigarette smoke. We are getting these toxins into our bodies on an everyday basis, and some of those things on this list we cannot easily avoid.
We choose the easier ways and grab a hamburger or sandwich when we would better make a salad. As a result of normal metabolic function our bodies produce and accumulate more waste products.
The only way to help ourselves and reduce accumulation of external toxins in our bodies is to get rid of toxins at least once a year. It is definitely better than nothing. Of cause, you may do body detox a couple of times a year for better result, but even if you go through a purification program once a year, you will feel a difference for months to come and most likely that you will try keep to continue your healthy life style.
Detox diets can take many different forms, including our 3 day detox. Though methods vary but many of them are performed for short durations only. One type involves reducing the amount of chemicals consumed and consuming organic food instead. Others ingest antioxidant-rich foods that supply the body vitamins and nutrients that are required for getting rid of toxins from the system. Some take in foods high in fibre that help remove toxins by increasing bowel movements.
But mainly Detox diets are divided into two categories. The first one is aimed on natural body detox thus it requires an all-natural detox diet from fruits and vegetables. The second type of detox diet involves the use of synthetic chemicals which increases the rate of body detoxification. However, it is important to note that synthetic chemicals used in a body detox could also generate waste products that could become toxins! Therefore, it is always better to use first type of detox when you going through natural detox and also creating a new healthy life habits.
There are many methods recommend to help you detox. Of course, a big part of most detox plans is making dietary changes, but also with detox diet in combination working well saunas, different types of massages and body brushing, special breathing techniques to help your systems get rich of oxygen and get rid of toxins. If your gastrointestinal system feels slower than usual or if you feel weak, you may benefit from a detox.
Barcelona Bienestar 3 Day Detox Smoothie
Green tea w/lemon
To detox your body first drink green tea upon waking. Within 1 hour of waking drink your fresh made breakfast smoothie and follow with ½ multivitamin and fish oil supplement.
Breakfast smoothie recipe
1 cup water
1 tbs. flaxseed
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbs almond butter
1 cup raspberries
¼ cup spinach
Lunch smoothie recipe
½ cup almond milk
1 tbs melted coconut oil
½ squeezed lime
1 cup pineapple
4 celery stalks
1 cup kale
½ green apple
Dinner smoothie recipe
1 cup coconut water
1 tbs Flaxseed
1 tbs lemon juice
½ cup mango
1 cup kale
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
After lunch take another ½ multivitamin and probiotic supplement. If during the day a specially between lunch and dinner you feel hungry as snack repeat your favorite drink.
3 days is plenty to get rid of toxins via the healthiest way, you can repeat this 3 day detox program once a month for better result.
Barcelona Bienestar are the experts for health, fitness, sport and wellness holidays and retreats to Barcelona and Ibiza. Unlike many other companies, they actually live in Barcelona and Ibiza, and offer a range of packages that suit every budget. You can enjoy as many hours each day of activities that suit you, and they will also help you to enjoy all the wonderful sites and sounds that Barcelona and Ibiza have to offer. Gone are the days of over-eating and over-indulging holidays. Now you can have a fun, active and healthy break returning home feeling energised, relaxed and recharged. All the Barcelona Bienestar instructors have the highest qualifications and experience so you can trust them with your health and fitness. They teach in English, Spanish and Russian.
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