Do you guys remember what detoxing meant when you were in college? If you were anything like me, it meant you better take some time off from partying with your friends and get back to the books before your liver failed, your grades dropped, and your mom whooped your a** for getting kicked out of school.
Four years ago, I attended the University of Cincinnati and lived in a house in Clifton with 7 of my new friends. To this day we refer to that house as the house of horrors but that’s another story entirely. Anyway, Sundays, with the exception of football Sundays, were detox days around our house. Detox days were similar to lazy Sundays but with a hangover. They consisted of a game of rock paper scissors to see who was driving the group to the local Frisch’s for an all you can eat breakfast bar and then a scramble back into the house to snuggle up with a blanket and watch a movie which almost always ended in everyone asleep before the end. When we woke up a few hours later we felt good as new.
Isn’t it funny how things change?
Now, at 26 years old, the word detoxing has taken on a whole new meaning to me. It means cleaning out the toxins my body has been storing from indulging in my favorite combo of a Papa John’s pepperoni pizza and a few cold Miller Lites. We all do it, it’s okay to admit you have a guilty pleasure! When those guilty pleasures begin to pile up in our gut we get the feeling of bloat and fatigue. That feeling is when I know it’s time for a detox!
A gut hangover at 26 is completely different than a real hangover at 22. It isn’t solved by eating greasy food and taking a long afternoon nap. It is solved by quite the opposite. When your body tells you it’s time for a detox it’s telling you to cut those pizza and miller lites out and give it the nutrients it needs! This process starts by eating only fruits, vegetables, and lean meats in appropriate potion sizes three times daily. In between those meals, throw in a protein shake to keep yourself fueled and full until your next meal. Add in supplementation to assist with the process. Taking a digestive enzyme breaks down the foods you eat into nutrients that are easier for absorption, a multivitamin ensures your body is getting everything it needs, and a probiotic will balance good and bad bacteria in the digestive system. The whole process only takes 3 short weeks and leaves you feeling better than ever.