Also known as "cleanses" or "fasts," these short-term regimes have a long-standing historical and religious tradition. (Think Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur, etc.) Usually associated with cleansing the soul as much as the body, refraining from food allows the body and mind to be purified.
Lately detox diets have been all the rage. There are a plethora programs out there, ranging from the extreme to the more moderate. Choices include: water fasting, juicing, taking supplements and just plain eating "cleaner." The premise is the same: by removing toxins like caffeine, alcohol, sugar and animal proteins from our diet, you allow your body's cells, tissues and organs to rest from the build-up of those pollutants. In the end, you feel a sense of renewed energy, your skin and mind are clearer and your digestion and metabolism are improved.
However a detox "diet" is a misnomer as it should NOT be looked as a way to lose weight. While usually one can expect to lose a few pounds, it likely is water-weight, and it definitely should not be the main purpose of your decision to pursue the detox. Not to mention, it can be dangerous to jump into cleansing without having adequately prepared your body for the removal of toxins. Some expected reactions are withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability. You ought to get the go-ahead from your physician. Preferably, don't attempt a detox regimen while you're undergoing any major stresses in your life. That way you can focus on yourself and give yourself the gift of a rejuvenated body, mind and spirit!
Submitted by Maya Bradstreet
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