Cleansing The Body With A Detox Diet
It''s no secret that the foods we eat and the environment we live in has a major impact on our bodies and the way we feel, not to mention the sicknesses we may get. The preservatives and artificial ingredients in the foods we eat and the chemicals and pollutants floating around in the air we breathe fill our bodies with unnecessary and unwanted, even harmful toxins.
Doctors are increasingly aware of the damage these invisible foes have on the function of the body as well as the mind. Many holistic practitioners recommend detoxing on a regular basis. One of the most common ways of doing this is through a detox diet.
On a detox diet, as with many other diets, you have a list of foods you can have and another list of the forbidden foods. There is also a list of foods that are especially helpful and recommended. The idea is that eating the right foods will help to flush the toxins out of your system and leave you with a cleaner, healthier and happier body.
There are many different ways to undergo a detox. There are retreats you can attend that help you to get away from the foods and other temptations that are harming your body. There you spend time eating only the specific healthy foods that will cleanse your body from the inside out.
More commonly people opt for a detox diet. This may be a matter of reading up on the subject and eating more of the recommended foods and eliminating the forbidden foods for a set period of time. Another part of detox is often associated with flushing the system using various types of laxative drinks, enemas or other methods of cleaning out anything within the digestive tract.
Most detox diets rely very heavily, if not completely on the intake of vegetables, some fruits and raw nuts and seeds. Most often fats, dairy, sugar and other types of foods are to be avoided. The idea is that besides just cleaning out your digestive system, this diet will cause you to burn fat and release the toxins that are stored in fat through various body fluids.
Some detox diets are known as juice diets or juice fasting. In this type of diet you eat no solid foods for a period of time and only drink the select type of liquid. These are usually only water or natural fruit or vegetable juices.
Detox diets are effective at triggering weight loss. The questions of whether or not they really help to rid the body of toxins effectively and even whether or not it is necessary to try have yet to be fully answered. However, most doctors agree that this type of diet is safe as long as there is no nutrient deficiency, especially long term.
It can''t hurt to take a break from some of the harmful foods we eat and switch over to more natural and less processed options, filling the body with vitamins and nutrients straight from the earth. And it definitely can''t hurt if, in the process, we also lose some weight along with those toxins!