Have you ever wondered about detox and if it is really worth it? I’m sure you have heard a lot of people that have done a detox, talk about it and how great it made them feel afterwards. And maybe they were even honest and told you that it can be challenging at times.
But have you taken the time to research detox, to get the real scoop and know if it is for you?
Many weight loss options are fads that people buy into without doing their own investigation into it.
But that is not you.
You are here to learn about detox, both the positives and negatives, so you can make a better-informed decision on whether it is for you.
As with anything you are considering trying, you first must understand what it is.
I would define a detox as a process done over a period of time in which one withholds or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.
There are a ton of different detoxes out there that claim to be healthy and will help you lose weight. But that is not always the case.
Not every detox should be treated equally. We will get to that more in a moment.
Your Body Can’t Detox on Its Own
A detox diet is meant to eliminate toxins in your body to improve your health and promote weight loss.
What many people do not realize, and what detox diets don’t tell you, is that your body already has a system in place to eliminate toxins.
However, in order for your body to do its best work eliminating those substances, it needs to be healthy.
All Detoxes are the Same
Another misconception is that all detoxes are basically the same. That they get you the same results. This is not true so you must do your homework on the specific detox diet you want to try.
If you want the best detox, you want to stay away from the plans that are very low in calories, make big promises (such as lose weight fast), and those that eliminate food groups.
Many experts say that a healthy detox diet should include whole, unprocessed foods that are full of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants.
A Cleanse and Detox are the Same Thing
Most people use cleanse and detox interchangeable, meaning they will call a detox diet a cleanse and vice versa.
What they don’t realize is that they are actually very different.
A cleanse focuses more on the digestive tract and helping promote waste production.
It can improve your digestive tract, but it does not have the detoxifying effects that you get from doing a detox diet.
So, if you are going to do a detox, make sure that it is actually a detox.
Benefits of Detox
There are several benefits you can experience from going through a detox. These are usually what leads people to doing this type of diet.
Again, when you detox you are getting rid of the unhealthy substances in your body. And once you are rid of those toxins, you can expect to have:
- Improved mood
- Boosts energy level
- Support digestion
- Support weight management
- Strengthens immune system
Cons of Detox
When you have pros, you tend to have cons. So, lets look at what you could see if you were to do a detox diet.
If you do your research and pick the best plan, the negative effects could be minimal.
For many, this is what to expect:
- Can be dangerous for those with certain health problems or medical conditions.
- There is no research that shows it promotes a healthy heart.
- Many detox plans are low in calories and protein.
- Can leave you feeling hungry and even make you feel weak during the detox.
Is it Worth Detoxing
For many, it helps get them going in the right direction. It is like a steppingstone for them to continue to make better changes.
As I stated earlier, your body is equipped to detox on its own.
If you are healthy, you do not need to do a detox diet, but it can aid your body in expelling those unhealthy substances faster.
This is also not a necessary part of weight loss. You can still lose weight without having to do any sort of detox.
Cutting back or eliminating processed foods, high-fat food, and sugary foods, and replacing them with fruits and vegetables can do the same for your body as a detox.
There are many other foods you can consume as well, that can aid your body in detoxing itself.
For example, you can eat foods with prebiotics that can promote a healthy digestive tract, which is important not only for immune health, but for detoxification as well.
Drinking more water is another example that can help you to enhance your body’s own detoxification system.
How to Naturally Detox Your Body
Since I have mentioned that you can aid your body’s natural detoxification system, I think it’s important I explain more on how you can do that, because that might be the route you want to take.
These are all pretty self-explanatory, so I will briefly list them for you.
And I want to point out that each of these helps your body and health in more ways than just helping your body detox.
So, even if you decide to not focus on detoxing for your weight loss goals, they are still worth doing to promote health and fitness. Which can help you get to your goal.
- Eat a calorie-controlled diet
- Choose healthy foods that support weight loss
- Exercise (any activity and any amount are always better than nothing)
- Take time for yourself and keep you stress levels under control
- Get at least 7.5-8 hours of sleep a night
- Drink plenty of water
- Cut back on your bad habits, such as smoking, drinking soda or alcohol, eating processed or sugary foods.
My Honest Opinion
Now usually I don’t insert my opinion into my posts so boldly, but I thought I’d do it in this case. And I am putting it at the end to make it easy to skip over if you have no interest in my thoughts on this subject.
I have never really been a fan of detoxes or cleanses. You might ask why I even bothered with this post and it is for you.
I feel you should be well informed so you can make the best decision for yourself.
I think it can be very time consuming and hard to find the right plan for you that is actually healthy for your body.
And since your body has the ability and does detoxify your system already, I think it is kind of a waste of time.
Especially when you can eat better foods and drink more water to aid and better your body’s natural detoxification system.
I understand the benefits you could get from it and the feeling you could have once completing the diet, but when there are countless other options that can do that and even more, I feel other options are the way to go.
The Take Away
Many people have heard of detox diets and want to know what they are about because they are always looking for ways to lose weight.
And it is vital that you fully understand what detoxing is before you decide to look for a detox diet plan.
Detoxing is a process done over a period of time in which one withholds or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.
There are benefits to completing a detox, such as improved mood, more energy, and supporting weight management.
But there are also the cons, like feeling weak and hungry while detoxing, and not getting enough calories or protein.
It is also important to know that your body is already equipped to detox itself, and that you can do things, such as drinking more water and eating healthy foods high in protein and fiber, to aid your body in detoxing.
By knowing all of this, you should now have a better understanding of a detox diet and be able to determine if this is the right type a weight loss strategy for you.