Healthy Sleep Enhances Detoxification
How important is healthy sleep during your Organic Detox™ and beyond? Getting enough sleep, and the right kind of sleep, is just as important as food and water for your body. Inadequate or restless sleep could sabotage the success of your Organic Detox™ program.
During sleep, your body releases vital hormones that assist in the growth of healthy cells, healing of tissues, and fighting off infections. According to the National Institutes of Health, "Studies find that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese, to develop diabetes, and to prefer eating foods that are high in calories and carbohydrates."
Your body takes care of a number of critical tasks during healthy sleep. It is much more that simply resting. This is the time for rejuvenation, rebuilding, and reprogramming. Your brain stays active during sleep and your body goes through several different cycles throughout the night. During these different stages your body focuses on tasks such as neutralizing and processing toxins, replenishing energy to your different organ systems, processing memories and assimilation information.
Benefits of Healthy Sleep
A healthy body produces special 'sleep hormones' that induce sleep in order to repair, rejuvenate and detoxify. These hormones - tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin - calm the nerves, boost immunity, deepen sleep and promote longevity. A shortage of them leads to irregular sleep patterns, restless sleep, weakened immunity and cravings for caffeine, sugar and refines carbohydrates.
The wet heat of a steam room is also a great remedy for respiratory congestion associated with detoxing, colds, sinusitis, allergies and asthma. It stimulates the discharge of mucous from the throat and lungs.
When your health has been affected by a diet of refined foods, stress, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and/or environmental toxins, it lacks the raw materials to create these hormones. Some people simply attempt to remedy this by taking melatonin supplements. This fails to address the original cause of depletion. Synthetic hormones can cause dependency, as the body begins to expect the external sources and fails to produce its own.Using the OV Organic Detox™ will encourage your body to produce its own sleep hormones by detoxifying your system, eating whole foods and limiting external toxins and stress. Did you know that spirulina, pumpkin seeds and almonds are great sources of tryptophan? Foods that supply melatonin include brown rice, tomato, banana and cherries.
Most studies show that adults require 7-8 hrs of healthy sleep per night for optimal health. During times of healing, you may require 9 hours per night. Pay attention to your own body and find out how much sleep you need to feel great.
Healthy sleep is needed during your Organic Detox™. You need to allow you body the time to regenerate and perform its nightly detoxification. If you are deprived of sleep, you will be less capable of maintaining your OV Organic Detox program - you will be more likely to have cravings and more likely to succumb to them. Lack of sleep will also rob your body and your brain of valuable resources needed for healing and coping with stress. On the other hand, if you go overboard and spend too much time sleeping or trying to sleep, this may be counterproductive as well. It can create a foggy, dazed feeling as well as deprive you of time to take care of yourself in other ways.