Diet Detoxes (aka Cleanses) are methods used by many people to help eliminate toxins formed in the body as a result of its normal day-to-day functions. For example as the body breaks down protein, ammonia is produced. Also, chemicals like pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and lead remain present in the body as we ingest or inhale them.
While there are countless types of Cleanses, each is basically a short-term diet (seven to 10 days) that includes an initial fast and then the introduction of foods that are normally organic and high in vitamins, fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. Water is also a key component to a Cleanse as it is used to aid in the elimination process of these toxins that may be harmful to body tissue.
It is becoming more widely accepted that these toxins, if not disposed of, can become deposited in our fat cells and, over time, lead to illnesses such as hormonal imbalance, impaired immune system, nutrient deficiency and in efficient metabolism.
However, there are negative side effects that may occur during a Cleanse. They include headaches, dehydration (as a result of excessive diarrhea), fatigue, dizziness, irritability, and nausea.
On the other hand, benefits that have been reported include improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity.
Now, don’t go rushing into a Detox Diet or Cleanse just yet. Advocates of these types of diets recommend their use only one or two times a year. Their overuse can lead to deficiencies in protein and calcium. So, if this type of thing is still of interested to you, I’ve listed six of the more popular ones (and haven’t tried any myself), but please, before you embark on going forward willy-nilly, choose two or three and ask your doctor which one, if any, is appropriate for you.
Master Cleanse / Lemonade Diet
The Clean Diet
Detox For Women
Green Smoothies Diet
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