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Detoxing Does Not Mean Starving

Aug 26, 2019
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If you have been on the diet front recently, you may have heard of detox diets. Detox diets are popping up everywhere and are claiming to be the next big thing in weight loss and healthy living. However, there are many questions about detoxing, such as, “Do they work?” and “Are they safe?” The primary concern many people have is that cleansing or detoxifying means starving.

While there are many types of detox programs, not all involve going on liquid diets or giving up foods you consume on a daily basis. There are detox programs available that allow for raw vegetables, lean meat, and a variety of fresh fruit. When this is scaring you away from cleansing or detoxifying, you need to consider these following reasons why eating foods while detoxifying does not mean you are cheating and doing it wrong.

Limiting “Delinquent” Foods

It is fine to eat food while detoxing, but keep in mind that there are foods that are permitted and there are foods that are not. There are foods that you need to avoid while detoxing, such as alcohol, red meat, gluten, caffeine, and dairy. These types of foods are considered the biggest culprits for causing hormone imbalance and autoimmune reactions; getting rid of them is essential to starting the detoxification process.

Once you remove these offending foods from your daily diet, your body will be capable of processing other foods more easily and can convert it into clean, long-lasting energy. When your body is using less energy on digestion, you will feel lighter and invigorated as your body is functioning better.

Substitute Some Foods with Smoothies and Shakes for a Balanced Detoxification

In addition to limiting or avoiding offending foods, a balanced detoxification program also takes into account a little help from supplements or shakes. Several detox programs suggest buying a non-dairy protein powder that does not have whey but is a water-soluble fiber blend.

The premise behind detox is that the body is full of toxins, some coming from the foods you eat. A basic detox diet will have one fast for a specific period of time, meaning you’ll not eat at all for a specified time. Then, you will eat specific foods that are considered free from toxins, totally refraining from other foods like red meat, sugar, dairy, eggs, and wheat. Some detox programs also call for a cleansing process during which colonics, enemas, or organic colon cleansers are used.

It is essential to know that a detox isn’t intended for losing weight; but to cleanse the body from harmful toxins. The objective should not be to lose weight, but to have a clean and healthy colon. Detoxing doesn’t mean starving yourself. You can eat any foods that don’t fall into the “bad” category.”

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