Rev up your Energy Levels

If your waistline and energy levels are not as you would wish them to be, you may need a detox.
Sometimes,our food selections and lifestyles are less than ideal,But in fact, we are exposed to a wide range of toxins every day. Some are a natural part of our diet and environment and some are man-made.
As I have said many times before our amazing body does all that it can to process our enemies and keep us from harm. Our liver works on our behalf to eliminate and neutralise unwanted substances and the list is many such as excess hormones, fats, drugs, environmental chemicals, food additives and pharmaceuticals and yet this is the organ that we often take for granted.

If the liver gets overburdened, its ability to detoxify can become impaired and health problems can follow.– everything that we eat, drink, inhale and absorb gets sent here to be sorted and re-packed before being forwarded on – it’s our internal filter. The liver also turns excess sugar into fat as well as producing bile, which helps to digest the fats we eat.

According to the British Liver Trust, more than 16,000 people in the UK died from liver disease in 2008, and that number keeps on rising. Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales after heart disease, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease. Excess alcohol is the number one cause of liver failure and excess sugar is the second.

Abdominal weight is a sign that your diet may be too high in sugar (rather than fat as is often thought), after a night out on the booze we often turn to paracetamol to relieve the symptoms of a hangover forgetting that this only places a heavier burden on the liver, so while it may remove the short-term pain, it won’t help your long-term health.

Here are some of the symptoms that a gentle detox may help relieve:
• Lack of energy, foggy head, sluggish metabolism
• Headaches, migraines
• Nausea
• Constipation, indigestion, bloating
• Dark circles under eyes
• Acne, skin rashes, hives
• Itchy, watery or sticky eyes
• Itchy ears, ear infections, stuffy nose or sinus problems
• Excessive sweating or strong body odour
• Joint aches, muscle aches and pains

The liver works in two phases and is dependant on specific nutrients to function effectively .We need to sensibly look at what might be removed and what might be introduced into a diet and lifestyle to improve the efficiency of the liver. Antioxidants such as selenium, glutamine, glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and the B vitamins are just a few of the essential nutrients that aid detoxification.
However, when removing some of the common culprits that cause us to feel sluggish, we can sometimes feel worse before feeling better. Detox symptoms include headaches, fatigue, nausea and flu-like aches and pains. These are caused by a combination of the body’s withdrawal effects (usually from caffeine but also alcohol if this features highly in your diet) and from the liver releasing stored-up toxins into the blood stream that it hasn’t been able to cope with. If you do get these symptoms they only last for a day or two, so try to avoid over the counter medications as this defeats the purpose. However, if you’re detoxing from excessive alcohol or drugs, please seek the help of a professional first.

five habits to make and five habits to break for a liver detox are;
Five things to EXCLUDE:
• Alcohol
• Caffeine
• Gluten
• Dairy
• Refined sugar

Five things to INCLUDE:
• Eight large glasses of water per day
• Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower)
• Sulphur-rich foods (red onions, garlic, eggs)
• Nuts and seeds every day
• Orange and red coloured foods
If this kind of detox feels too extreme for you then just consider what you can remove and what can you include in your diet each day, as being conscious of what and how you are eating is the first step.
SoSpa offer detox breaks. If you don’t know where to begin or have the willpower to eliminate certain foods then maybe one of our Detox breaks is just the thing for you.