Detoxing – It is a word that is thrown around frequently but what does detoxing actually mean?
The dictionary definition of Detox – Noun
A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
Will I experience detox symptoms when drinking zazen Alkaline Water?
The answer is some people do experience detox symptoms for a few days. Detox symptoms can include:
This is caused by the fact that the water is actually doing what it is supposed to by being absorbed into your cells! Hydrating your cells and allowing those cells to release stored metabolic waste (also referred to as toxins or acidic waste). These symptoms are an indication of your body being pulled out of dehydration. Most people drinking zazen Alkaline Water for the first time either do not experience detox symptoms or don’t notice them.
Dehydration is a condition in which the body’s ability to operate as a self-healing organism is blocked.
Dehydration affects blood pressure, blood-sugar metabolism, digestion, and kidney function. Fatigue and headaches are the first symptoms of dehydration along with constipation.
You would think that our bodies would tell us we are thirsty. But the modern world’s obsession for coffee, soft drinks, fruit juice and processed foods and additives has desensitised our thirst mechanism. We have forgotten what it feels like to be thirsty. We mistake it for hunger, or we reach for a coffee or sugary drink before reaching for water.
Many children are losing their thirst mechanism & most adults have already lost it!
What happens when your body goes into Dehydration Mode?
It takes 4 to 6 weeks to rehydrate the body—it needs to be coaxed out of dehydration mode, which is the water equivalent of starvation mode. The primary goal of the body is survival. When a body has remained dehydrated for long enough, it will retreat into survival instinct, storing water for the thirsty future. It takes some time before the body trusts that the period of chronic dehydration has come to an end. In dehydration mode the body’s metabolism is compromised in its ability to release toxins and metabolic waste. The body therefore stores these toxins and waste products in fat cells or in our joints where there are fluids. Many arthritis sufferers are severely dehydrated – joints become swollen, stiff and inflamed.
Did you know it is healthy to urinate 6 – 8 times a day! A great way to judge if you need to drink more quality water is the colour of your urine which should be almost clear after you first go to the toilet upon waking… unless you have been taking a Vitamin B supplement or eating (or drinking) beetroots.
How can I support my body while Detoxing and help to alleviate symptoms?
1. Continue to drink zazen Alkaline Water
We know that this is the most important thing you can do for your mind and body.
Don’t gulp the water, just sip slowly throughout the day and set a goal to drink approximately 2-3 litres each day. You can add some fresh lemon to the water to help aid digestion as well! When you rise in the morning you should drink at least 2 glasses of water in the first half hour as this helps boost your metabolism and helps the body flush out the toxins released as you slept overnight.
2. Eat high quality food
Try to eat Organic or spray free vegetables where possible, grass fed meats, high quality healthy fats (available from virgin cold pressed coconut oil, fresh nuts and avocados as examples).
3. Healthy bowel motion is an essential part of detoxing
We also recommend that to assist the gut balance itself, feed and support healthy bacteria and regulate your bowel motions that you start to drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of Psyllium husk in it (organic only as non-organic is heavily sprayed with chemicals). You can do this at least once per day, we suggest you start at night first.
You can increase this to 2 or 3 times per day. This gives the body the fibre necessary to help scrub the colon (helping keep it healthy) and helps to pull water into the colon to assist with healthy regular bowel motions. This is a major detox function. Also start taking a good quality probiotic if you do not already.
Try to move your body daily whether it be through a gentle walk, yoga, stretching or high intensity training whichever you prefer. Exercise gets your blood flowing and helps with the removal of toxins again assisting with a general detox.
If you are feeling unwell, take it easy! You need to allow your body to rest and recover.
Drinking Alkaline Mineral Water supports your body detox through Hydration!
By becoming hydrated the body will naturally and easily release toxins through sweat, urination and regular bowel motions, so you will naturally detox without experiencing the ‘detox symptoms due to dehydration’ that some people experience for a short time period mentioned above.
The benefits of being hydrated include:
- Natural regular detoxification
- Improved skin conditions
- Better mood
- Higher quality of sleep
- Enhanced absorption of nutrients from food
- Reduced muscle aches and pains
- Improved joint health
- Gut issues can be alleviated
- Increase in energy
- No dehydration-induced headaches
- Ability to think more clearly for longer
zazen Alkaline Water will hydrate you immediately and will support an increase in energy and vitality and can support a whole health strategy for a longer, healthier life.
The right quality and quantity of water is foundational for the prevention of and recovery from disease and illness.
If you are wishing to undertake a detox it doesn’t need to be hard! Simply cutting out processed foods, sugars and soft drinks, and increasing healthy vegetable green juices, smoothies and soups for a short period can be very effective.
If you are wanting to undertake a more serious Detox Program, we would recommend that you speak with your Natural Health Practitioner to ensure that you receive the best advice and care to support you through the process.