Bahay Kalipay presents a brief essay on detoxification diets using holistic methods.

Detox diets are can range from 3 days to 24 days (Banerji, 2012), depending on your goal. Most healthy cleanses rely on the power of juicing (Flare, 1996). A juice cleanse up to 3 days is a nice vacation for your colon and digestive system (Gaffey, 2008). They are nutritious and healthy. Dr. William states, the average person cannot eat a pound of carrots, but they can drink the equivalent in juices and consume more nutrition than they would with a knife and fork (Gaffey, 2008). Also fruit and vegetable juices are great ways to detox according to Dr. Roni. Deluz, he assumes the best detox diet is drinking two berry juices a day (blueberries, pomegranates, and acai berries), two vegetable juicers (broccoli, spinach, and carrots, and one veggie soup (Gaffey, 2008). A main goal for juicing is to keep the individual away from their prior eating habits. If people have no option, then they cannot be tempted (Gaffey, 2008). These juice diets work well because juices are high in vitamins, which help the detox process; an exchange of toxins for vitamins occurs (8). Juice cleanses also maintain blood sugar levels and are easy to digest. Consuming liquids gives the body’s digestive system a rest, allowing the bodies energy to be used for breaking down and eliminating toxins (Flare, 1996). Carrots, beets, and apples are best to juice because of their numerous vitamins and antioxidants and because they the enhance elimination through bowel, regulate bowel movement, and improve the quality of red blood cells (Flare, 1996). Drinking water is most important during any detoxification period because water aids in kidney function, speeds waste elimination, and curbs hunger pads (Anonymous, 2012). It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday (Anonymous, 2012). Food based detox diet consist of fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, and fish (Gaffey, 2008). The reasoning behind food based diets is reducing the amount of the toxins that are put in our body. Making these simple diet improvements will increase metabolic activity and energy levels. Food based diet are simple and easy, however, the extra detoxification such as exercise, drinking water, and using steam saunas will aid in the detoxification process. You are what you eat. Consider what you put in your body, the best way to start the detox process is to stop putting the bad stuff in!

Detoxification gives us a fresh start; it’s like taking your car in for a tune-up and getting the spark plugs cleaned out. By committing to healthy diet, supporting your body’s natural detoxifying systems with food and supplements, and reducing you exposure to harmful chemicals, you’ll trim fat, boost energy, and lessen your body’s toxic burden (Anonymous, 2012). Today, detox diets are the talk among Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. Certain celebrities live hectic lives and they often look for healthier lifestyles and easy weight loss diets. Detoxing becomes their mission statement. Beyoncé Knowles, Oprah Winfrey, and Gwyneth Paltrow are world known iconic figures and they use simple detox diets to shape up their figure (Banerji, 2012). Detoxification has been publicized as a way to lose weight (Hopkins, 2004). Detoxing is not used for weight loss programs. The primary way to lose weight is to exercise, eat right, and getting lots of sleep (LaPatourel, 2002). An average person holds 15 to 25 pounds of fecal matter in the colon (Sellman, 2009). The power of cleansing and exercise eliminates some fecal matter. Once some of the fecal matter is gone faster digestion periods and bowel movements will be noticeable (Sellman, 2009). Weight loss is a side effect of detoxing (Gaffey, 2008). Other side effects of detoxing include headaches, nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea (Embrett, 2008). Individuals who are chronically ill, over the age of 65, or under the age of 13 should not participate in detox diets (Trudeau, p. 317). Most importantly, do not detox frequently and when detoxing ask for supervision because dehydration and electrolyte imbalance could arise and put the body in danger (Embrett, 2008). Responsibility comes with certain detoxification. Many detoxifying herbal supplements must be taken with correct dosage. We never want to overdose the body with supplements because our organs will not adapt properly (Embrett, 2008).
In order to achieve the beneficial effects of detoxing we must have a motivation to change. The goals of detox programs in to develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle. It is not healthy to detox for a period of time and then go back to you old habits. It is like taking a vacation and going back to your stressful job. Through detoxing we should establish long-term healthy eating habits (Halushak, 2006). All in all our environment and bodies are clustered with toxic material. The ability for toxins to create illness and disease is outrageous. Using detoxifying methods to create a healthier you should be assessed to enhance your health and longevity.

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