Detox is the expression on everyones lips nowadays. It’s often less weight loss or improved physique that health columns speak about, as more and more people recognise that a build up of toxins can be one of the greatest threats to long term health.
Sure, being overweight or unfit certainly don’t help your path to a long life, but they are only half the story: Eating processed foods, taking medications, and even taking so called health supplements can cause your body to become slowly poisoned from within. The result is susceptibility to common ailments, sluggishness, and all too often weight gain.
Detox (short for detoxification that is) involves flushing out these poisons. The expression flushing is itself a bit misleading, but commercial health care companies love it because it suggests that it is possible to rid yourself of the toxic burden virtually overnight. In truth, detoxification is a slow process that can only proceed at a certain pace, as each individual cell releases chemicals into the bloodstream to be gradually removed.
So how can you cleanse your body in a safe and effective manner? One answer that many people are turning to is drinking freshly made wheat grass juice, that is juice made from young wheat shoots. This concentrated tonic is very rich in anti oxidants, living enzymes, and phytochemicals that either bind to toxic compounds and help carry them out of the body by natural means of elimination, or by rendering them more or less inert.
The beauty of using wheat grass juice is that it is a totally natural substance that is safe for anyone to use, unlike many commercial products that can interfere with health conditions or medications.
How can you get wheat grass juice? The best thing to do is to make your own – all you need is a hand juicer (cheaper and faster than an electric one) and a supply of wheat shoots. These you can buy in trays or grow yourself.
Although you can buy wheat grass juice at juice bars, it is quite expensive, so that even a good quality stainless steel juicer would pay for itself within a short time. Where I live, a small shot of juice is $5 at minimum, so over the course of a few weeks (assuming you are drinking at least one shot a day) you will easily recover that initial cost.
The idea behind a natural detoxification program is that you allow your body to recover gradually – naturally. This means you cannot expect lightning fast results. However, it is fair to expect that within approximately 2 weeks of beginning a wheat grass juice program you will feel a difference.
The first stage of detoxification can actually be bit alarming: many people report dark circles worsening or forming below their eyes, diarea, acne, and excessive tiredness. Unfortunately this can be a real deterrent to persevering with the project, because it seems that what you are doing is making your condition worse. In actual fact, this is your body really getting into the game, and finally releasing the chemicals that are held in cells all through the body. It is this sudden release of the toxic chemicals that makes your body go into true “purge” mode, and do everything it can to get them out as fast as possible – hence the frequent visits to the toilet, and skin conditions.
No wonder you may experience unusual tiredness – this is all very hard work!
The benefits of sticking to your detox program are many, and once you are over the initial 4-5 weeks you will noticeably bounce back with extra energy. Feeling good is addictive, and this boost will help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals also.