If you think you’re fat and need to lose weight, or if you feel like you’ve added more preservatives, additives and other crap to your body than any living being should, it’s probably time for you to go on some type of detox program.
“Detox” or detoxification is the process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Detox plans can be in different forms; from regular exercise to body scrubs and spa massages, to yoga and meditation. But the simplest and the most common is to go on a detox diet.
A detox diet is a program that minimizes the chemicals ingested into the body, by going for organic food. It highlights food like vitamins and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification. Detoxification generally suggests a high intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and lots of fluids, while cutting down on caffeine, alcohol, yeast and sugars.
So, why do a detox diet?
If you’re a regular fast food eater, you’ve probably ingested more than your fair share of fat-soluble chemicals found in the French fries, cheeseburgers, twisters and soft drinks you’ve pigged out on (no judgement. I’m no angel).
An ‘overload’ of these chemicals in the body can lead to sickness and conditions like liver malfunction, kidney problems, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and inefficient metabolism. And the most common symptoms of these illnesses are the usual fatigue, poor skin and low tolerance to pain.
By going on a detox diet, you can improve your energy levels, clear up your skin, have regular bowel movements, improve your metabolism and digestion, and increase concentration. Generally, going on a detox diet, can give you a better general well-being.
A word of caution; even though anyone is allowed to take on a detox diet, pregnant women or those who are nursing are advised not to go on detox plans, because they need the necessary nutrients for nursing. And unless recommended by a doctor, people with anemia, eating disorders, heart disease, low immunity, low blood pressure, ulcers, cancer, the underweight or those suffering from alcohol or drug dependency should try on a detox diet.
Furthermore, such detox diet programs should be properly planned with the doctor and a nutritionist.
Other Things You Need to Know
Side effects can occur within the first few days of starting the detox diet. They include headaches and a general feeling of weakness as the body adjusts to the change in food intake.
It’s also recommended that you start your diet plan gradually or on a Friday when you won’t be doing much physical activity or requiring a ton of energy. You might also experience diarrhea as the body eliminates the toxins, so be careful not to get dehydrated, so drink plenty of water.
Detox diet programs are normally recommended to be done at least one to two times a year, and should be done during the warmer months.
If you’re thinking of getting started, make sure you consult a doctor or a nutritionist beforehand. Read up on detox diets and get advice from the experts.
Remember: Too much is bad. You’re doing it to improve your health, not ruin it!