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Saralyn Mark, MD Consult Your Primary Physician
It is important to talk to your doctor before you do a detox. It is also important that you drink plenty of fluids, even when you are fasting!
Detoxification involves diet or lifestyle changes that reduce the intake of toxins, while improving the elimination of them at the same time. The fundamental idea behind detoxification is to give your body some much needed rest and the time needed to eliminate the toxins that have built up over time. Some signs that you could benefit from a detox course include difficulty losing weight, skin problems, mental sluggishness, fatigue, or digestive issues.
Toxins accumulate in the bloodstream from diet, stress, environmental chemicals, and countless other things that we are bombarded with every day. There are many ways that you can approach elimination of these things, and what you decide is best for you depends on what you are trying to achieve, and how healthy you live on a day to day basis.
For example, if you eat a healthy diet, full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and you are a non-smoker and do not drink alcohol in excess, the process of detoxification should be very simple for you. Occasionally taking a day of eating no solid food and only drinking water, while adding in some herbal supplements to cleanse the blood, should be rigorous enough of a detoxification program for you. This occasional elimination of food in order to cleanse the body is a ritual that was practiced in many ancient cultures, and is still a very simple way to detox regularly for the healthy among us.
For those of us who have a less than optimum diet, or drink lots of alcohol, caffeine, soda, or smoke cigarettes, a more rigorous detoxification program may be necessary. It is up to you to decide whether a 5, 7 or even 30-day detox plan is right for you. It is important to remember to do what is realistic for your lifestyle, and not to do something too extreme. The detox could be as simple as fasting from solids, and only drinking fruit and vegetable juices for a given amount of time, or could be more detailed, involving cleansing supplement packages that include fiber, vitamins, herbs, and minerals.
In addition to detoxifying through diet, it is also essential to include exercise in your program. Toxins can be eliminated additionally through perspiration in this way.
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