As a personal trainer I see detoxes everywhere these days, but most of them are complete rubbish. Tea detoxes and strange flushing diets will not help you detox toxins that are in your systems, and sugar laden smoothie’s will more than likely make you put even more weight on. We’ve all heard of Beyonce’s cleanse. Drinking lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for a week – good one there! No, this is not a good idea, and just shows a lack of nutritional understanding.
Your body deals with toxins in a few ways. The first stop is the liver. Here the enzymes in the liver will attempt to make most of them water soluble, after which they can be flushed through the kidneys and out the system. When the liver struggles to detox on this first stage, body fat comes into play. Body fat isn’t only there to keep you warm – it’s there to also act to dilute toxins. These toxins will be stored in body fat, and can accumulate over years – sometimes it’s therefore crucial for that body fat to stay where it is, as it’s playing such an important role in diluting the toxins in your body.
An easy way to tell if your liver is struggling a bit, is your skin. We’ve all been there – a few days after a big night out, greasy skin and spots appearing. The state of the skin on the back can be quite telling too for the state of the liver – the more backed up it is, the more spots will appear. It’s likely that what you see here is a direct result of your diet about 2 weeks ago.
So, what can you do? There are plenty of people that will say that you can’t detox any better than your liver and kidneys already can, but there are some supplements that will actually help out, and even though you likely don’t know the exact names, you do know the type of food: Protein. Yes, detoxification is dependent on quality protein in the diet. Specifically, there are 3 main amino acids that are required for detoxification – and I guarantee that none of them are in any off the shelve detox that reality TV stars are pedalling at you. They are, Glycine, Glutamine, and N – acetyl cysteine. They’ll help to make more toxins water soluble, so they don’t stay in the system. They’ll also contribute to the formation of Glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant. Eat all the blueberries you want, but this is the main thing that will constantly sort you out.
These amino acids can be bought as separate powder and mixed together in water. Wash that down morning and evening and you should feel a good deal better after a few days of heavy drinking. The other of course is water. You can’t flush anything out the system without plenty of that going in. Aim for a good few litres, about 3 a day minimum. Once you nail this, two day hangovers will be a thing of the past.