Cleansing and detoxification programs are now being talked about, recommended or offered by just about every health and wellness practitioner – at local health centers and spas as well as online.
Entire online communities now exist around detoxification. Hundreds, even thousands, of individuals sign up for detox programs offered by famous online doctors and weight loss gurus such as Dr. Sara Gottfried and Jon Gabriel. The internet is teeming with detoxification and cleansing protocols, and the number of books written on the subject are numerous.
Still some individuals remain skeptic. Maybe they associate detoxing or cleansing with some alternative medicine woo-woo. Or they point out that their parents and grandparents didn’t have to undertake formal or structured detox protocols or cleanses. Or they argue that the body detoxes naturally.
Well, yes, the body has detoxification pathways but those pathways can become overburdened. And, yes, our ancestors may have not done formal detox programs but they lived in significantly less toxic environments. As for medical woo, scientific research and studies indicates that healthy detoxification pathways in the body are an integral component of optimal health.
This infographic entitled “Why Should You Cleanse and Detoxify Your Body?” illustrates major sources of toxins in our current environment, why its important to cleans, which organs and biological systems filter and eliminate toxins from our bodies, and a few of the benefits of detoxifying and cleansing the body.
15 Foods To Naturally Detox and Cleanse the Body
Various diet programs have different approaches to weight and fat loss. But, the one thing that many leading diets recommend is to detox and cleanse – before beginning and to kick-start a weight loss diet, as well as part of a regular optimal health maintenance routine.
The main purpose of detoxing and cleansing the body is to remove environmental toxins that we ingest from food and water, absorb through the skin and breathe in and that build up in our bodies over time including preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, industrial waste, and other cancer and disease causing chemicals and pollutants. Lessening the body’s toxic load is thought to confer many health benefits, including aiding in weight and fat loss.
Although many commercial detox and cleanse products are available for purchase, most detoxification specialists agree that the safest and best detox should be achieved through consumption of certain foods that are known to have cleansing properties. Some of the best detox foods are organic (and preferably locally-grown or sourced and seasonal) vegetables, weight-loss supplements, fruits, herbs, spices and other plant foods.
This infographic from Body Unburdened entitled “15 Foods That Naturally Detox and Cleanse the Body” illustrates and explains the detoxing and cleansing effects of fifteen plant foods, including:
✿ Turnip Greens
✿ Red Bell Peppers
✿ Citrus Fruits
✿ Mung Beans
✿ Sunflower Seeds
✿ Whole grains
How to Do a Juice Cleanse the Right Way
There are many good reasons for doing an organic fruit and vegetable juice cleanse. Perhaps the most important benefit of a cleansing regimen is to help the body release and flush out accumulated harmful toxins and chemicals. This, in turn, helps various organs (such as the liver and kidneys) and bodily systems to function better. In this sense, detoxing can aid in healing.
Other benefits of a juice detox include:
✿ Reduced appetite
✿ Reduction or ultimate elimination of cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine
✿ Weight loss, including belly bloat
✿ Improved stamina and energy
✿ Re-hydration of the body
✿ Increased mental clarity
✿ Restored healthy sleep patterns
✿ Improved immune function
✿ Improved digestion
✿ Nourished and regulated colon
✿ Radiant complexion, healthier hair and nails
Although juice cleanses potentially offer a wide range of health benefits if properly carried out, they are not appropriate for everyone. Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, have diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease and certain other diseases, illnesses or chronic conditions should not embark on a juice fast without first consulting with a qualified medical professional. A juice detox may still be possible for such individuals if they are closely medically supervised.
Juice cleanses can also have certain side effects. To minimize side effects and avoid pitfalls, certain “rules” of juice cleansing should be considered and observed. This infographic illustrates and explains how to do a juice cleanse the right way.