Many people are already followers of the practice of detoxing the body. It does not take much to convince them of the benefits of washing out impurities and de-gunking the pipes of the human body. For others, including some in the science and health care fields, they could not disagree more about cleansing the body. Even the National Center For Complementary And Integrative Health is quick to caution consumers on jumping headlong into a diet that promises to remove toxins.
What’s Meant By Detoxing The Body?
Detoxing or body cleanses involve fasting, eating light salads and clear soups, drinking juice, or just water, or any combination of these elements together. They are often in some interesting combinations that pair honey and lemon juice, or grapefruit and only grapefruit, or just plain filtered water to clean the body.
The question for the NCCIH is whether the body detoxifies on its own. After all, that’s basically part and parcel of the purpose of having a liver, kidneys, and the colon, after all. What’s more is that the body may not actually be more inclined to dispose of toxins just because the individual drinks more water or all grapefruit juice.
The Definite Benefit
There is one default benefit to most of these cleanses. It is that because they are so low in calories, they generally yield impressive weight loss in a very short period of time. It does not mean it is healthy or something to aspire to, but it is what will happen when calorie consumption drops significantly.
A Cautionary Tale For Kidney Disease Sufferers
For people who are cleansing because they have a mysterious pain in the side, it could be disastrous to add in a juice fast. Seriously, if the juices contain too much oxalate, it can throw a tenuous situation into full-on emergency mode for kidney disease.
Of course for those who have diabetes, or the pre-cursor to it and are not aware, again it is a delicate dance here. At the least, before jumping headlong into a cleanse or body detox, go to the doctor to get a clean bill of health.
Beware Dangerous Ingredients In Colon Cleanse Packages
Another warning sign along the road to fitness is to beware what lurks inside cleanse packages that are on the market. In more than one case, ingredients that are harmful have been included in them. The U.S. government has demanded they be pulled from shelves.
Safe Ways To Cleanse
Drinking water not only kick-starts metabolism and keeps it breaking down foods, but it flushes out the kidneys and urinary tract as well. Proper hydration leads to supple skin that is more youthful looking as well.
To fill the need to cleanse, try a diet rich in minerals and vitamins by juicing iron, vitamin, and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Mix in chia and flax seed to take in sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids as well. In addition, the inclusion of low or no-fat Greek yogurt adds a lot of protein, calcium, and flavor, without killing the diet.