Detox: Beneficial Or A Rip-Off?
Acids, fats, chemicals and other toxins build up in your body and can become harmful. Toxins make one fatigued and drained and can cause nausea and headaches. These toxins are a result of our diet, skin and hair products and even from the air we breathe.
One proposed solution is detoxification – detox for short. This is the process of ridding your body of harmful substances. There have been several plans and/or products created to facilitate this process.
Within medical circles there is the belief that advertised detox plans are part of an elaborate hoax with no scientific evidence as to their benefits. Opponents believe that the body is created to cleanse itself. Their argument follows the line that the recent upsurge in detox products is another way of drawing money from unsuspecting customers.
Additionally, they highlight the harmful side effects that detox diets can have on teens and young adults. Teens and young adults need all the fuel they can get to support growth spurts, studying and physical activities such as sports. The fasting associated with detox programmes have the reverse effect that they are designed to have, leaving this group fatigued and drained.
Proponents of detox systems, however, believe that modern diets are unnatural, with the pesticides and other chemicals used in the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and meat products. These toxins, they argue, do not leave the body during the normal termination of waste.
Detox programmes usually consist of a food fast for a few days. Meanwhile, you have to use an enema, using water to flush the liver, kidney, intestines, colon and rectum. Then you would gradually reintroduce certain foods into your diet. Other programmes include special teas, tablets or special drinks to advance the process.
Drinking special teas is a common method for detoxing the system.
Should you choose to detox, however, here are some tips to do so as safely as possible;
Keep in mind that detox programmes are short term fixes. Do not over do the fasting as this will damage your metabolism and make it hard for you to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, do not use detox plans as a means of weight loss.
Adopt a healthy diet – A diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables and water will help the body fulfil its natural process of cleansing. Make sure you also get your fill of protein and other vitamins and minerals, while lessening your intake of fast foods and other foods that are so-called “empty” calories – meaning they fill you but add no nutritious value to your diet.
Incorporate herbal and nutritional supplements in your diet to enhance your liver’s natural function, and facilitate the digestive system’s consistency.
Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats from your diet as they add toxins, the effects of which are more difficult to reverse. Additionally, use more natural household cleaning and personal cleansing products.
Prepare the liver for its cleansing by drinking green teas and natural roots such as dandelion.
Use a sauna which will help eliminate toxins through waste.
These are all physical ways to cleanse, naturally and safely but remember to avoid stress and rely on positive thoughts.
Detoxing is not about weight loss, despite how these products are marketed; it is about keeping your system healthy. Therefore, adopting the above tips when crafting your diet and your lifestyle will help keep your body functioning as it is designed to in its natural form.