If you are Ð° victim of stress, or Ð° consumer of the following substances: fast food, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, refined foods, or if you suffer from insomnia, you are Ð° prime candidate for a detox diet.
A detox diet will flush out the toxins in the body which causes Ð° long list of chronic health problems. After using a detox diet program for just a few weeks you will see improvements in several areas of your body, including:
1. Ð jump start to your metabolism resulting in easier weight loss
2. Ð sense of well being that will alleviate depression
3. Ð balancing of your blood sugar
4. An improvement in memory and brain power
5. An increase in energy levels
6. An improvement in any skin disorders
Choosing the best detox diet for your particular circumstances will depend on what you want to achieve health wise. Some may want simply to lose weight, while others may want to improve their overall health by cleansing the body of toxins. Both reasons are good and both goals can be achieved with Ð° good detox diet. Choosing the best one for you may involve choosing one that fits with your time schedule and your lifestyle.
Before embarking on any detox diet, your physician or healthcare provider must be consulted to make sure the diet you choose will not interfere with your health in any negative way. Detox programs are not for those who suffer from the following conditions: hypotension, anorexia, bulimia, anemia, ulcers, cancer, or if the immune system is already compromised, or if pregnant.
When making Ð° change to your diet, you can expect side effects, including, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, and you may experience headaches from time to time during the diet. These are common, but will disappear slowly. You may feel awful one day, then better for the next few days, then not so great again. Nevertheless, the awful days will decrease with time until all you start to feel great all the time! This happens because as your body is changing its ways, it is reacting and the toxins are reacting. They don’t like being kicked out, but all the patience and perseverance you put into the diet really pays off in the end. Just remember: your body has been malfunctioning due to the toxins for quite Ð° while and it has to be retrained to work properly. Any training that is effective will involve hard work. Like the old saying goes: No pain, no gain.
One diet you might want to try is the juice diet. It is good for both losing weight and detoxifying. One advantage to the juice diet is that it only lasts a few days. It can be done several times at month and people who have tried the diet have lost a whopping 25 pounds or more in thirty days. The juices must be freshly made in a juicer. Use raw fruits and vegetables. The juices can be combinations of vegetables and fruits. Obtain juice recipes from a health food store or online. There are some exceptions to the fruits you can use. No citrus fruits are allowed. (This means no lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and tangelo) Citrus fruits are too acidic and will actually work against the desired effects of the juice diet. Staying on the juice diet for more than two days at a time may have undesirable effects, but doing 2 days on, 4 days off regimen has been proven successful in weight loss. Staying away from refined foods in between will also be helpful. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables on the days off and having an exercise program only adds to the success of the diet.
Yes, you heard right. Drink only water. Consult your health care physician as to the best water to use. Some recommend distilled water, others recommend water that has been ionized, while others use reverse osmosis water. Ionized water has very beneficial results as it alkalizes the body and puts water directly into the cells to facilitate their function. The water diet obviously cannot be used for very long periods of time. Consult your health care practitioner if you choose to stay on it for longer than Ð° week.
Once the body is cleansed of toxins through the detox diet, it needs to be maintained so that it can function properly all the time. A good way to accomplish maintenance of a healthy lifestyle is to stay away from refined foods and eat fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Choose your meats carefully. Try to stay away from meats that are injected with hormones, antibiotics, or are fed grain laced with chemicals that enhance the growth of the animals. Buying meat from a reputable market or from a health food store may be the best choice. Red meat should be avoided as it is hard for the body to process. Specific foods to stay away from are refined foods, refined sugars, processed foods, fast foods, salted nuts, coffee, alcohol and hydrogenated fats. The foods on this list are popular foods that most Americans consume. They are easy to buy because they are cheap and usually come in large quantities. They are the easiest foods to eat for many reasons, but they are the hardest on the body. All their naturalness has been replaces with artificial additives. There is not life in them and they are slowly deteriorating the body.
The body needs fresh food to stay strong and healthy. We have discussed some ways to detox the body and ways to keep it detoxed. The choice is up to you. Let’s keep our bodies clean and healthy by eating the right foods and feeding it the right nutrients.