Written By: Taylor Politi
Becoming healthy is the most common New Year’s Resolution for a good reason. It is a core resolution which other resolutions depend on. Without health and wellness, how can we begin to really live and enjoy life to its fullest?
We have become exposed to an increasing number of chemicals in our food supply, the air we breathe, and through many daily-use items including cosmetics and household cleaners. Among their potentially dangerous effects, these chemicals can build up in our system and stall weight loss and simply degrade your overall health. While many other factors often contribute, researchers find that environmental toxins play a role in being overweight or obese. That is where a well-thought-out detoxification plan can help. Besides helping eliminate the wrong foods that can contribute to weight gain, the right program can give your liver and overall health a helping hand eliminating those excess toxins.
All around school, people have heard of many students that have been on detoxes and diets since the new year or were starting it as school resumed after the break. One student here at MAST, senior Gaby Malavenda, has been promoting Dre Medici’s workouts and diets and has recently inspired a few of her friends to experience the results with her. Detox diets range from total fasts to juice fasts to food modification approaches and can involve the use of laxatives, diuretics, vitamins, minerals, and cleansing foods. This group of girls are doing a food modification approach combined with workouts provided by Medici but adjusted to their personal goals like toning up or losing weight. They are drinking a gallon of water every day, sticking to 8 hours of sleep per night, eating only small portions of food, making fruits and vegetables their go-to snacks and are working out almost every day. They also believe that even though the detox is hard, it is better to do it as a group and it has been improving mental health all around.
“As a soccer player I have to be conscious of what I eat and use to fuel my body so I decided to start eating better, found a lifestyle mentor to help me gain lean muscle and follow a certain regimen, and got together a group of girls so we could all do the detox and inspire each other” Malavenda said.
Some people do not believe in detoxes and think they do more harm than good, but detoxes and diets in moderation are good for cleansing your body of toxins and can make people happier with their health and happier in general because a big part of health is all mental. If you are motivated to tone up, lose weight or just change your eating habits and really make an effort it can happen and these students definitely have the right approach to their detox by motivating each other.