Detox Cleanse Plans
Detox cleanses are the new dieting and health trend. While some types of detox cleanses are recommended by natural health practitioners, others are simply do-it-yourself plans.
Most often, the detox cleanses that natural health advocates endorse are those that involve fasting or consuming a plant-based, whole-foods diet for a period of time to clean out toxins from the body. It seems like everyone from supplement manufacturer to celebrity spokesperson has created their own detox cleanse plan. The most popular detox cleanse plans included the following
- Colon Cleanse
- Liver Detox
- The Master Cleanse
- The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
- Juice Cleansing
- Slendera Garcinia and Natural Cleanse
- Dherbs Full Body Cleanse
Definition of a Detox Cleanse
The purpose of a detox cleanse is to assist the body in eliminating harmful chemicals, contaminants and toxins that have been stored there. We come into contact with a variety of contaminants on a daily basis through the food we eat, as well as through environmental factors such as pollution. One way in which a detox cleanse works is by removing these toxins from the body by reducing the dietary intake of them. When your body is not ingesting new toxins, it has a chance to clean out the existing stored toxins.
Types of Detox Cleanses
The features of detox cleanses vary greatly. Most detox cleanses encourage individuals to drink lots of water and consume fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Some detox cleanses may be more extreme and instruct participants to ingest specific herbal remedies, fast on only water or drink raw vegetable juices. At the other end of the spectrum, individuals my simply cut out products from their diet such as meat, processed foods, sugar or gluten.
A vegan detox cleanse advocates a diet that calls for the elimination of animal products. Although meat and dairy products often contain harmful antibiotics and hormones that were fed to the animals, fruits and vegetables can also carry toxins such as pesticides. However fruits and vegetables do not have the same high acid-load on the body as animal-based food products.
Other popular detox cleanses instruct individuals to use certain herbs and supplements to move substances through the intestines quickly. These types of detox cleanses are often called live or colon cleanses.
Getting the Most Out of a Detox Cleanse
Whatever the type of detox cleanse, the period before and after are as important as the cleanse itself. Some individuals choose to fast before a cleanse and then stick to a strict vegan diet afterwards. Raw foodists make it a lifestyle to consume only raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts.
The idea behind a detox cleanse is that the liver is overloaded with environmental and dietary toxins and cannot clear all of them out of the body. While healthy people may be capable of clearing out toxins on a daily basis through the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and digestive system, people with health problems sometimes cannot. If you are considering taking part in a detox cleanse, be sure to consult a doctor prior to beginning to obtain health guidelines and recommendations.
About the Author
Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, researcher, and author who specializes in the treatment of mental health using integrative medicine and natural therapies. She lives and works in San Jose, California. To learn more about Dr. Fredricks’ psychotherapy practice visit San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy.