The relation weight loss - detoxification - which one is most effective?

Dilyana Kalinova 11.09.2019

The relation weight loss - detoxification - which one is most effective?

In the summer, at the heat of the holiday season, the most popular topics are weight loss, fat burning and effective body detoxification. What exactly are toxins, how are they processed by the body, and what substances do we need to fight them? Today, with the help of our nutritionist - Maya Petrova, we have prepared the correct answers to these questions.

The main types of toxins and their effects on our body

We live in a world full of extremely high levels of toxins. The air we breathe, the chemicals contained in our foods, our home and workplace cleaning products, the harmful substances in cosmetics we use, and even the electromagnetic waves that bombard us every second - from our mobile phones and wireless Internet networks - they all contribute to the toxic overload of our body. Mainly the toxins are divided into three types:

• External - our external environment and free radicals.
• Internal - by-products of processes in the human body such as excess hormones, unprocessed foods (poisons from digestion) and heavy metals.
• Infections (harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi).

It is of high importance that our body breaks down toxins daily and removes them through the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. The lymphatic system also plays an important role in this. As part of the immune system, it cleanses the intracellular spaces, filters the blood, produces white blood cells, protects against disease and returns the protein to the cardiovascular system. The lymphatic system includes the spleen, endocrine gland, appendix, tonsils, lymph nodes and vessels, and lymphatic tissue. As the lymph passes through the lymph nodes and spleen, outdated cells, bacteria, and other foreign substances in the body are separated and discarded.

How should we eat to unlock the detox process?

Different nutrients are needed to aid the detoxification process. If they are not provided, purification of the body becomes more difficult for the body. If the detoxification process is slowed down, the toxins are not effectively eliminated but reverted and retained in the tissues.

The body forms fat cells where it removes and stores harmful substances. The body is designed to store toxins away from the organs, that is, its purpose is to 'accumulate' several pounds, but not to threaten vital organs such as the heart and brain. As a result, we begin to lose weight, or the process of weakening is accompanied by frequent headaches, fatigue, lack of energy, or difficulty digesting. Why does it happen?

Our nutritionist Maya Petrova explains that in fact, when fat is burned, toxins are often released and if we do not help the organs to release the body from these harmful substances by taking a detox diet and if necessary herbs or supplements, we risk the accumulated toxins to return to our cells, but this time to our vital organs. This in turn leads to intoxication, which is even worse for our health in the long run.

The main thing that Maya advises with any weight loss is to make sure that we have a well-functioning digestive system so that our cells can absorb the nutrients they need. "Even if you eat the healthiest and highest quality food, if it is not processed, absorbed and eliminated properly, you risk further harming your health and endangering your mental well-being," added Maya. So keep in mind that even if you have the best diet, if the detox process doesn't work well, it will inevitably affect your health. Here are some of the symptoms that suggest that it is time for effective cleansing of the body:

Acne Fatigue
Bitter metallic taste in the mouth Headache and migraine
Dark circles under the eyes Pain in the joints and muscles
Constipation, gas, bloating tummy Tinnitus
Skin rashes Strong body odor or bad breath
Overweight Low concentration

What Does The Body Need For Detoxification?

80% of the detox is done by the liver, along with the immune system. It converts harmful substances into water-soluble intermediates. Then, through different metabolic pathways, depending on the type of toxins, amino acids, sulphur and other natural substances, they bind to the toxins to eliminate them.

The downside to many detox programs with juices, for example, is that they do not contain amino acids, of which NAC - N-acetyl Cysteine - a necessary component for the formation of the powerful antioxidant glutathione, which neutralizes free radicals, strengthens the immune system and frees the body from heavy metals.

It is important to remember that we cannot add NAC from our diet, so we need to take it as a supplement. Generally speaking, to get rid of toxins, we need to have a well-functioning digestive system, proper nutrition with quality food + additional nutrients for detox.

Here are some examples of the substances you need and where to get them:

• Sulphur (cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, eggs)
• Protein (fish, bone broth, meat, gelatin)
• Vitamin B6 (avocado, bananas, nuts)
• Vitamin C (Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, peppers, raw cabbage)
• Vitamin E (beef, egg yolk, hazelnuts, sunflower)
• Selenium (celery, eggs, fish, garlic, kidney, liver, mackerel)
• Antioxidants (fruits, vegetables)
• Zinc (mussels, lamb, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds)
• It is preferable that the local products and eggs are from free-range animals, without the intervention of hormones, the fish is caught freely and not farmed, and the vegetables and fruits are of organic origin)

Do you take enough of these substances? Do you have a good digestive system that allows them to be absorbed?

It is also important to emphasize that even if we consume the above foods, if we have digestive problems, live under constant stress, the absorption of good nutrients is expected to be significantly reduced. Therefore, it is advisable to combine our regimen with intake and useful supplements. Some of the safest that our nutritionist Maya Petrova recommends are:

  1. Detox Mineral Rodosorb with high content of silicon and the ability to neutralize free radicals and toxins in the body.
  2. NAC - N-acetyl-L-cysteine
  3. Glutathione - is the most powerful antioxidant that promotes the proper functioning of cells.
  4. Plant-based digestive enzymes.
  5. For tea lovers: dandelion, ant tree, nettle

More on the topic Maya shared with us:

"In our fast-paced business, it's hard to always keep track of what we eat and how we combine products. Therefore, I am glad that more and more people come to my office, realizing that with the right guidance and advice, everyone can live and think healthy.

When our jacket zipper breaks, we go for a tailor, right? Therefore, when we want to be healthy through food, we go to a nutritionist - we are the people trained to treat not only the symptoms, but to look for the cause that led to the problem and to create an individual diet to treat!

“As part of the team at Healthy Lifestyle, I sincerely believe that effective and healthy weight loss is possible with a balanced, personalized mode! To this end, we have developed individual programs that are fully tailored to your health, needs and preferences. Remember that health is our most important asset and if we do not have it, we will not be able to benefit not only ourselves, but also our relatives, relatives and colleagues. Our team of internationally trained nutritionists is available to advise you in our offices in Sofia or Pleven, as well as online. "

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