Retoxicification: The act of becoming toxic again after previously detoxifying the body or mind. Not ideal. There is a profound benefit in going through a major detox. This is especially true when the cells of the body go through a major detox. Old hormones are cleaned out. Toxic waste that has been stored in fat cells is cleared out. Excess water is able to be let go of. But what happens when a body goes back to old habits? Old patterns? Old ways of eating, drinking, and living? Retox.
What is Retoxicification?No, this is not a real word. But it has real meaning. We’ve all been there, right? You do the work; spend the time, money, and effort to really clean out your system and reap the reward of your hard work. And you stick with it for a while. Maybe it’s a few weeks… maybe even a few months. But then you slowly start eating fast food every day for lunch. You go from your 1-2 glasses of wine each week to 1-2 glasses each evening. You start watching TV again each night and turns out the ice cream, chips, and other snack foods still taste so good while watching. It’s not just that this will cause the body to regain some of the weight that you worked so hard to get rid of… It’s that your body is retoxifying. Those habits introduce toxicity and eventually, your body will have to go back to storing those toxins in your visceral fat cells again.
Not a Guilt TripThis isn’t meant to be a guilt trip if this has been your story. It is simply important that you realize that gained weight and extra fat on the body is more than just unpleasant or unflattering in the mirror. It is toxic and unhealthy. Your body was designed to operate in a healthy manner for your entire life. It is not mandatory that you slow down, get sick, and gain weight. It simply might take making more consciences decisions.
Skip the RetoxSo, what can be done to make sure this doesn’t happen?
- Create good habits – It has been said by some that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Many people say that 21 days isn’t nearly long enough to truly get a new habit to stick. No matter what, we know it takes at least a few weeks to develop a lasting habit and routine. So do the work to create good habits! Make a plan and stick to it, knowing that it will be work for the first few weeks.
- Stop the cravings – Sugar cravings are typically the result of candida yeast overgrowth. Check out these common signs of a candida yeast overgrowth for more information. Candida overgrowth can begin from a round of antibiotics or from a lifestyle of stress and processed foods. Stop the cravings by addressing the issue at the source.
- Lower Stress – Stress causes so many issues in the body, specifically in the gut. Inflammation, chronic pain, inability to sleep, digestive issue… so many problems stem from too much stress. So, figure out how to cut down your commitments, create a budget and stick to it, get off of social media, schedule time to be with your spouse or friends. Do the things that bring you life to lower your stress level. This WILL help your health and weight loss goals.