is it, how to do it, and what to be careful about?
Detox is a very popular treatment and it is
something that you can try. While many detox
centers offer many programs and, if you can afford
them, please use them, especially the first time,
because you will be under the care of
professionals. However, we also provide some
tips in this series of articles on how to do it
yourself at home.
You may have read that famous celebrities go to de-toxification (“detox” in short) centers. We are not referring to detox from drugs, on the other hand, we are talking of detox diets and systems that are so popular right now.
What is detox?
The main idea behind detoxification is to help the body eliminate substances that it may have accumulated over time that are “toxic” to our health. These toxic substances can come from the environment or from the food we ingest. Most of these substances are eliminated by the body in natural course, but as times passes by, not everything goes out as efficiently and the body may need help to strengthen the systems that eliminate toxins.
The detox diets help mainly the organs that eliminate residues from the body such as: kidneys, liver, colon and intestines, lymphatic system, etc. A detox diet may target all of these organs or some or one of them at a time.
Detox diets and systems have been used for long time in alternative medicines, including Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, the
elimination of toxins is very important to have a balanced body and Ayurveda has many techniques for de-toxification. The Mayans and Aztecs also have many of these diets and aids.
There are many ways to detox your body. The idea is that by eliminating some foods and toxins such as cigarettes (primary and secondary smoke), you are optimizing the way your body works and allowing your body to work properly.
(Related article: How
to quit smoking?)
The detox diets may use laxatives to clean your system or other supplements or aids. Usually a detox diet lasts for one to 15 days depending on the objective, but it can be longer. Some diets are very restrictive, while others are more flexible. Most of them
avoid consumption of processed foods, alcohol, fats and meats.
Next part: Who
is detox programs meant for? What are the risks?
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