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Of all the benefits that a detoxification program and subsequent healthier lifestyle provides, achieving and maintaining an ideal weight routinely ranks high on people's lists. It's important to understand that several factors contribute to weight gain, two of which are the combination of toxins and a faulty diet. Both of these can create a condition in the body by which you become insulin resistant – your cells become desensitized to insulin, making them ineffective at driving blood sugar (glucose) into your cells. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to a meal; its job is to unlock your tissues and escort glucose out of the blood into the tissue cells for use as energy. When excess glucose remains in the blood, insulin levels stay high. Even though the right amount of insulin is essential for life, chronically elevated insulin can cause both fat storage and more inflammation, which can promote even more fat storage. Because detox programs entail a high-quality diet, hydration, exercise, and proper elimination, blood sugar balance is achieved, normalizing insulin levels, decreasing inflammation, and helping one lose fat! In Dr. Mark Hyman's Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, he calls for detoxifying the liver as a critical step to weight loss, pointing to the fact that a healthy functioning liver makes for a healthy functioning metabolism that can properly process sugars and fats. He underscores that toxins from within our bodies and from our environment both contribute to obesity. So getting rid of toxins and boosting your natural detoxification system is an essential component of long-term weight loss and a healthy metabolism. In particular, toxins can impact your ability to achieve an ideal weight in three big ways: slowing down your metabolism, decreasing your ability to burn fat, and slowing down the time it takes for you to feel full. Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Detox and Weight Loss Page 24 | Abby's Magazine -

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