There is a lot being said about body detox. The process of cleansing the body of toxins and other not so healthy things. Is there any truth to it, or is it all hype? The answer seems to be yes.
Yes there is truth that a body detox has value. But there is a lot of hype over how, and why you should do a body detox.
Doctors and other experts cannot agree on the benefits of a body detox. Many explain in detail, the hazards of toxins and poisons.
The Global Healing Center, a website focused on health issues, had this to say, “The best approach for addressing the root cause of poor health, is through regular body cleansing.
“Degenerative health conditions typically result from your body becoming so contaminated with toxic waste that your internal self-healing mechanism loses its ability to keep your body healthy.
“Most people absorb thousands of health depleting toxins every day from meat, milk, genetically modified foods, microwaved foods, soy, alcohol, prescription drugs, stress, refined sugar, air, caffeine, water, toxic metals, vaccines, harmful organisms, stress, white flour, table salt, electromagnetic radiation, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), industrial chemicals and the list goes on.”
Dr. Edward Group describes it like this. “Simply put, a detox is a process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and optimizing body processes. Some changes are temporary, such as following a cleansing diet, others are permanent.”
Taking a weekend to be uncomfortable in order to flush certain unhealthy things from your body might make sense. Do it from time to time just to give your body a break from bad actors in your system.
There are experts who believe that such a flush is not necessary. The body has the internal mechanisms to accomplish it’s own detox. It is the role of the liver, kidneys and colon, to eliminate toxins from the body.
Detox’s Can Be Inappropriate
There is a diet with growing popularity. The premise to to detoxify the body for weight loss. In general terms, a body flush is conducted with large quantities of water. As much as 230 ml before eating any meal.
The diet then has low caloric intake for weight loss. Critics say the water flush is great for quick weight loss. The reality however, is the lost weight is nearly all water and is temporary. As soon as the ‘cleanse’ is over, the weight returns.
The Diet Part Is What Makes The Concept Attractive.
Reviewing diets recommended for body detox has some unusual and, for many, foods with less than appetizing tastes. Items like pumpkin seeds as a snack item.
The diets can last two to three weeks. A long time to be uncomfortable, only to have all the results reversed.
Women’sHealth are particularly harsh when evaluating detox diets.
They reported this. “As nice as it is to think you can simply flush fat away by drinking so much liquid you spend half your day in the bathroom, the reality is that some of these diets are not just literally hard to swallow, but they may also be bad to swallow.”
They do however, point out that there are valid diets that will help you shed weight in two or three weeks. HealthyLivingAfter60.com agrees. We have advertisers on this site with just such a product. And they work.
The answer for body detox may be in the schematics. Detoxing for a day or two may be similar to prep needed for a colonoscopy. Not pleasant to be sure, but the system is cleaned out.
We do not know how well a liver or kidney is cleansed in the flush described above. But as we review the experts on the subject we learn there is no real science behind a detox. There are no, or few studies that point to body detox as a valid health strategy.
We began with the question. Is there truth to body detox and the diets having value, or is it only hype. We said yes.
And there is, both truth and hype. Body detox is not a science thing that you need to do to be healthy. It is an action similar to taking a sauna.
Nobody needs to take a sauna because science says it will save your life. Those who take saunas however, will likely claim they feel better. So it is with a body detox.
Detox & Diet
On the diet side, beginning a diet after a detox is a good start. Cleaning the system of ugly things like fecal matter is good. The side benefit is that dieters will likely get a jump start on weight loss simply from water weight and other substances getting flushed.
After that, the diets focus is on healthy eating, proper exercise, even if it is minimal, and following the rules to the letter. Everybody will have an occasional fail as they follow the plan, but the momentum needs to be forward.
In the end, a change in lifestyle makes the benefits of diet sustainable. The benefits will come from effort, not the name of the diet.
Need help in finding a plan to detox? There isn’t much available. We found two possibilities. An online program that is delivered as an ebook. Primal Body Detox
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