Detox for dummies

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When we talk about detox, does Lindsey Lohan or Macaulay Culkin come to mind? The detox, I’m talking about has nothing to do with alcohol or liver treatment. Detox, or detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm the body, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, and water. The goal of detoxifying diets is to help get the body back to a healthy, clear state. Detoxifying your body by can boost your energy, give you clearer thinking, a stronger immune system, improved skin, and rid your body of excess waste.

What are the types of detoxes:


  • Fruit detoxes:


They are a great way to fast without starving yourself, you can raise your energy levels, help manage your weight, and even reduce the chances of stroke. For best results, choose a fruit that you enjoy eating so that you don’t feel like you’re suffering. Try it for a period of 3 to 7 days but do not exceed it as your body needs protein to function.


  • Eat citrus fruits:


These fruits have the highest detoxifying power, and include oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes,amla.  You can eat them on their own or combine them with other fruits. Again, do not exceed 7 days in a row of a fruit-only diet.


  • Liquid fast:


Consume nothing but liquids be it fruit or vegetable juice,protein shakes, milk, green tea and water for 2-3 days. Liquid diets can help kick your metabolism rate and aide weight loss by restricting caloric intake, and are believed to cleanse your body of certain toxins. Include all varieties of fruit and/or vegetable juices in your liquid fast to ensure that your body is getting the proper sustenance.


  • Sugar detox:

This plan tends to avoid any kind of processed sugar in liquids or any food . This book includes a 31-day program to control your blood sugar, boost energy, release excess weight and improve your skin.



What are the side effects?

  •  Headache can occur in the first few days of starting the detox diet, often due to stimulant (caffeine) withdrawal. You should gradually decrease the amount of caffeine prior to starting a detox diet.


  • Constipation may occur if people consume excess fiber without also increasing their fluid intake. Other side effects can include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger. Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a qualified health professional.
    Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a qualified health professional.


  • Fatigue and weakness occur when the detox is done for longer periods.The body is naturally programmed to crave nourishment from solid food, thus the feeling of weakness and fatigue even in the absence of physical exertion. In addition, the muscles also suffer from lethargy due to the absence of protein in one’s diet.


  • Bowel disturbances and frequent urination occurs as the digestive tract is the first to be affected during the process. . During the process, the body sets to get rid of toxins and everything else that is not helping the body function. This effect triggers frequent (and uncomfortable) bowel movements, especially during the first 2-3 days. Frequent urination is due to elimination of toxins through liquid waste.

Research suggests that the benefits from a detox diet is not actually from eating specific foods but may actually come from avoiding highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar.

Most experts believe that the body is quite capable of cleaning itself by natural processes of sweating and expelling the intestines. However many natural health practitioners believe that our polluted environment has left us toxic, and our bodies need a little help.It is a suggestion to speak to your doctor first as it’s also important to consider possible side effects. Detox diets that severely limit protein or that require fasting, for example, can result in fatigue. Long-term fasting can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies


What are the points to remember?


  • Eating processed food or red meat is forbidden on most detox diets. Any processed/frozen food with artificial flavoring, preservatives, colouring or even refined sugar is replacing the toxins you’re trying to get rid of.


  • Keep your body hydrated. Nothing helps flush your body of toxins better than just water. You must drink at least 8 litres of water a day to make sure you stay well hydrated. Many detox diets run the risk of dehydration, so the water rule is very important and it avoids painful cramps.


  • Exercising regularly is encouraged on a detox diet. The intense activity gets the heart pumping, the good hormones flowing and the toxins draining away. It helps speed up the process and makes the entire detox routine much more efficient.
  • Eat your (organic) vegetables. Adequate fiber plays a key role in supporting the body’s detoxification processes, and a steady supply of organic veggies will give you both. Stick to whole foods and chemicial free substances.