You've heard the hype and claims that if you do this detox diet or do that detox, you will lose weight and cleanse toxins out of your system feeling renewed energy. Maybe a friend is singing the praises of doing such-and-such detox after doing a colon cleanse.Thinking about doing it too? You may want to read this straight through as well as the links below before you do. This will help you avoid the pitfalls of some of the claims swirling around on the 'net.
First, it's important to know what detoxes are and what they are supposed to do for you. Detoxes are either liquid mixtures blending herbs with raw fruits and veggies or special herbal teas to remove toxins such as environmental or dietary chemicals from your body systems. They commonly follow fasting and/or a colon cleanse. The idea is to jump start weight loss, renew energy, and clear the liver of toxin build-up. There are a myriad of them people try, but I have no idea how anyone could choke some of them down! UGH! So, if you are ready to park yourself in the bathroom for the day to clear out the 5 pounds of fecal matter from your intestines, you may want to continue reading this while you sit.
Colon cleanses in themselves should never be done frequently. They damage the mucus lining of the intestines opening you up for infection while causing difficulty doing the work they need to do. It's also a challenge to schedule time when you can spend the day on the potty. When you reduce the contents of your intestines, you will lose 5 pounds of intestinal and stomach contents leaving your belly feeling flat. It's a false sense of victory because your intestines have to process food. That's their God-given job. Your body needs food to function. This is a temporary weight loss that will come back when you begin eating, which, by the way, you should eat.
Along with these cleanses, most detoxes require fasting. Fasting occasionally is not bad. Fasts are used for medical purposes and spiritually placing one's self before the Lord to grow closer to Him or to petition Him regarding serious issues. Fasting for diets is not good though. Although it can help shrink the stomach and give you a fresh beginning, you deprive your body of important nutrients.
The detox concoction is supposed to eliminate the build-up of caffeine, alcohol, pesticides, herbicides, etc. None of these claims are proven. Most of them are juiced fruits, vegetables, and water. Some of them are special herbal blends that cost a fortune to the tune of hundreds of dollars a year per person. There is no evidence they remove toxic build up. Besides, God Himself set up our body systems to self-clean. Our liver and kidneys remove most toxins as they should. The one thing some of them do is add some nutrients through the fruits and vegetables people may not have been taking in if they were eating fast food all the time.
The positives of such plans are simply getting people off overly processed foods that cause weight gain, fatigue, and overall inflammation in the body. They also help re-set the mind to accept more nutritious foods. Yes, you can lose weight, but you will likely lose muscle mass and dehydrate. Most of what is lost is not fat. It's not a safe, healthy weight loss.The negatives are that people can cause themselves to starve, damage the intestinal lining, and pay out money that could be used for better purposes.
The best way to detox your body is to go organic with food, avoid fast and processed foods, reduce or eliminate added fats, sugar salt, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners, and drink more clean,clear water. There was a study done in Sweden with a family who ate organic after eating a conventional diet. After one day of organic, the pesticide levels in their blood dropped significantly. After two weeks, there was very little evidence of pesticides in the body. Check it out. One of the ways you can put this into practice is to use the money you were going to pay out for the cleanse and detox products to buy organic fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low fat dairy, organic free-range eggs, low fat meats,primarily poultry with some fish and limited red meats. Weigh and measure your foods. Drink water more than any other beverage. Get busy and exercise with 30-60 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of resistance exercise, and stretching. Don't torture yourself with this stuff. It's not worth it!
May God bless you!