If you’ve been stuffing yourself with winter-time goodies and hot chocolate for the last few months, you may benefit from some sort of detox diet. But before you start one, it’s good to have some basic knowledge about them.
What is a detox?
On a very basic level, a detox is a diet that removes harmful substances from your body. The harmful substances could include pesticides, preservatives, excessive saturated fats, and MSG, among many other things.
How do I know if it’s time for a detox?
Your body will tell start giving you signs when you need a detox, such as fatigue, skin ailments (acne, eczema, and psoriasis), bad breath, indigestion, and muscle pain.
Typical detox diet
A typical detox diet last for a week to 10 days and consists of eating the following foods:
– Whole foods that are high in fiber (grains, nuts, seeds, etc.)
– Organic food and drink because they contain no pesticides
– Fruits and Vegetables in high quantities
– Lots of water
– Certain herbal supplements such as Licorice, Milk Thistle, and Psyllium seed
Contrastingly, it will tell you to avoid:
– Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drugs
– Processed foods and refined flours/sugars
– Certain supplements due to additives
– Meat and Dairy
What are the benefits and side effects?
Important benefits of detoxifying include clearer skin, improved digestion, greater ability to focus and concentrate, as well as boosted energy and metabolism.
Is a detox right for me?
The following types of people should not not detox: Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to abstain along with those with anemia, eating disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions.
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