Are Detox Diets Right for You?
You may have heard the term “Detox Diet” and wondered if it is something you should try. In order to help you make the right decision for you and your health, it is important to first know what a detox diet is.
What is a detox diet?
A detox diet is a diet whose main purpose is to eliminate toxins from the body. It should be pointed out that not everyone believes that the body stores toxins, or that a detox diet can successfully remove toxins in the body. Toxins generally come from preservatives, pesticides and your body’s own waste. There are many kinds of detoxification diets that require the dieter to undergo various lifestyle or dietary changes for a period of time. They include:
• Fasting, including water fasting and juice fasting
• Food combining
• Calorie restriction
• Herbal detox
How do you decide what is right for you?
If you’re thinking about trying a detox diet there are a number of recommended things to do first:
•Research the diet to make sure you’re prepared for the effects of the diet, and make sure you can fit it into your lifestyle.
•Decide how you’re going to handle the side effects. Many detox diets leave you feeling extremely hungry and low in energy, particularly during the first couple of days. People on detox diets often suffer from headaches, irritability and insomnia. Hoever, fans of detox diets will tell you that these feelings only last for a few days and are replaced with feelings of general wellbeing and more energy.
•Visit your doctor. A doctor may be able to help you choose a detox diet that is safe, and which will work for your current health state. Keep in mind also that some herbal detox diets may be harmful if you are sensitive to the herbs.
What are your goals?
Why are you considering a detox diet? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to have more energy? Are you seeking a more natural lifestyle and want to start that new lifestyle by purging your body of collected toxins?
These are all common reasons to consider a detox diet, and your answer may help you determine which diet is right for you. If you’re new to detox diets, consider choosing one that only lasts a day or two rather than several weeks. This may help you determine if the diets are right for you and your lifestyle.
Education and preparation are the two most important tools to have before you begin a detox diet.
Research the possibilities, understand the side effects, have a goal, and make certain you are taking care of your health rather than risking it. There is a broad spectrum of detox diets available – choose one that is safe and will help you reach your goals.