TIME TO DETOX
I hope everyone finished January just as strong as you started! If not, that’s ok (we will blame Jonas) today marks a beginning of a new day and month. I have decided to begin February with a cleanse because after one month into my journey I feel like I am not making the progress that I would like and still experience moments when I feel extremely fatigued and sluggish even after adjusting my eating and eliminating certain foods from my diet for the past month. Therefore, I think this is a perfect time to detox and get rid of any toxins (ex. processed foods and refined sugars) that are stored in my fat cells. With that being said, I decided to start the JJ Smith 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse (for further details download the book on Amazon) today and I am filled with joy and excitement that three of my sisters has decided to cleanse with me (it’s always good to know that you aren’t suffering through the first couple of days alone)!!!!!!
What is the JJ Smith Cleanse? JJ Smith explains the cleanse as a detox program that will help you lose weight, increase energy, reduce cravings, and improve overall health. In summary, the cleanse consist of three 12-16 ounces (oz) green smoothies (filled with vegetables and fruits) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (including vegetables and high protein snacks) for 10 consecutive days.
I am not going to go into detail about the cleanse in today’s post, because I will be journaling my experience on the 10-day smoothie cleanse and will be sharing with you once the cleanse is completed. I hope to feel improvements with my energy level, skin, and overall health.
THE WATER CHALLENGE
For the short month of February, I would like to challenge all my readers and myself (especially during the detox) to consume daily the required amount of water intake!!
I am sure that we all understand the importance of water. To jog your memory, water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up a large percentage (over 50 percent) of our body weight. Water is essential to keeping your body working properly and flushes toxins out of vital organs, and carries nutrients to your cells. However, on a daily basis we lose water through activities such as sweating, breathing, and urination and the amount that we lose needs to be replaced by consuming the adequate water intake based on your weight, physical activity, and climate.
A lot of fitness guru’s that I follow on social media encourage followers to consume a gallon or more of water daily. While consuming a gallon of water a daily could be a great measure to ensure that you are replenishing the water that you are losing daily, a gallon of water is not necessary or feasible for some individuals. There is such a thing as drinking too much water (don’t look at the computer sideways, I am serious).
Let’s take a step back and remind ourselves through a quick WebMD search the function of the kidney. The kidney’s function is to filter the blood several times a day, remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys’ pelvis. Our kidneys can only process a certain amount of water an hour (about 30 ozs.), therefore, when we drink too much water and take in more than what our kidneys can process hourly/daily we could be causing damage to our bodies. So don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t downing a gallon of water a day trying to follow your favorite fitness models program.
For this water challenge, I recommend that you consume at a minimum an ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight (feel free to skip the math, that’s just half of your body weight) daily and pay attention to your body and signs of dehydration such as fatigue and headaches (you should increase your intake if you experience these signs).
The water challenge begins today (2/1) and ends on 2/29. Follow me on Instagram @livetailored and use hashtag #livetailored on Instagram and Facebook during the water challenge and share your journey.