20 Apr To detox or not to detox? A beginners’ guide
Detox plans are definitely in fashion. Largely thanks to celebs who seem to follow the latest (often crazy) diet trend, but you definitely hear the word “Detox” much more than ever before.
Is it all hype? Do they work? Is there any point in doing one? Which one should I try?
The word “Detox” is often met with a look that is a combination of horror and disgust on people’s faces, or they may just laugh out loud in a kind of “that’s never going to happen” way. But the Detox world is vast and varied and can be much more enjoyable than you think.
Of course, it’s always better to follow the advise of a doctor or health professional. However, if you fell that’s the time to start taking care of yourself and you want to clean and prepare your body for it, here’s our beginner’s guide to answer some of the most common questions about these diets.
1. Why Detox?
Most of us really abuse our bodies. Some of us do it every day, for years on end and then get surprised when we develop illnesses.
Over time, the build-up of toxins in the body leads to symptoms such as allergies, acne, feeling sluggish, bloated abdomen, water retention, puffy face, irritability, headaches and so on. It’s also believed that if these toxins are stored over a period of years they can lead to much more serious illnesses.
That’s why the main goal of a Detox diet is to give your digestive system the chance to rest and recover, which in turn brings with it a whole host of health benefits for your body and, especially, your mind.
2. What types of Detox are there?
Far too many to name here, including the once made famous by Beyoncé which basically involves drinking nothing but a mixture of lemon water with cayenne pepper and maple syrup for at least 10 days.
Seriously, why the heck someone would do something like that?
Some of the best known, most popular and more normal detoxes around include a juice cleanse, a green-smoothie detox and a colon cleanse. But there is no reason to do anything extreme. Many detox programmes include taking pills or special supplements but most experts warn against this, assuring that the body’s own mechanisms for cleaning the kidneys, liver and colon are more than sufficient to eliminate most of the toxins stored in your body.
If you want to know what is the best cleansing detox diet for you, we recommend you to visit an specialist.
3. What does a Detox involve?
The answer is in the word itself. Detox means stop taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, or drugs (toxins) into your body.At the same time, it also involves removing harmful or potentially damaging substances from our bodies.
You can choose from a 24-hour cleansing to a week -or even month- long Detox. In fact, some last for months. But don’t panic, if you really need it, a 1-day detox is still much better than none at all.
Generally speaking, a Detox involves cutting out the following from your diet:
4. MET, FISH & EGGS
5. ALL DAIRY
6. ALL GLUTEN PRODUCTS
There’s a very good reason why all of the items on the list are eliminated. They are either not good for you at all (refined sugars for example), or very heavy on the digestive system.
What you can eat are vegetables, pulses, whole grains like rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, seeds, fruit, vegan proteins such as tofu or tempeh, herbal teas and, if you really can’t go without, gluten-free bread. Salads, soups, stir fries, etc. are all perfectly good meal choices.
And honestly, the more the list of what you can’t eat horrifies you, the more you should probably consider giving your body a rest for a week. Even if you cheat once or twice, your body will thank you for taking such good care of it.
4. How can I expect to feel during a Detox?
That depends largely on what kind of diet your body is used to. We’re not going to lie, if your usual diet is far from what could be called healthy, you’ll probably feel a bit rough for the first two to three days.
But it is especially recommendable that you do a detox program to give your digestive system a rest if this is the case. As a general rule, the worse you feel in the beginning, the more toxins you have in your body and the better you will feel at the end. Serious caffeine addicts might have a headache at the start, but it rarely lasts more than two to three days. If your diet is usually relatively healthy, you might not feel any negative side effects at all.
5. What are the benefits?
Many people do a detox with the primary aim of weight loss. While it’s true that the majority of people taking part in a 7-day programme (or longer) will kick-start you losing weight, the result will only be short term if you go straight back to your old ways.
Some of the most noticeable benefits are to your mind, your anxiety levels, ability to concentrate, sleep patterns, etc.
Other benefits include:
Getting rid of the artificial stimulants and fuelling your system on healthy, natural foods leaves you feeling much more energetic.
A STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
Your organs are left cleaner and more capable of functioning as they should, which includes absorbing nutrients from your food better than before.
As the body’s largest organ, it’s no surprise that your skin really undergoes a noticeable improvement.
INCREASED CONCENTRATION, CLEARER THINKING
You’ll feel much less “foggy” than before. Stress levels should also decrease.
Physically you’ll feel a flatter stomach and general sensation of lightness thanks to having removed so many sugary, fatty, chemical products from your diet. Mentally and emotionally you will probably also feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your life.
GREATER AWARENESS OF NUTRITION
When the cravings disappear (which, if you detox for long enough, they will), you will be left with an increased awareness as to what exactly you are eating and how it makes you feel. Listening to your body is a very important, highly underrated part of staying healthy.
6. To detox or not to detox?
That’s entirely up to you. It’s an interesting experience, which your body will almost definitely thank you for, even if you only do a short cleanse.
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* This post does not replace in any case the advice of doctors and health professionals.