Cleansing and Detoxification
There is no official definition of what constitutes a detox program. Based on the idea that the body is unable to function optimally when harmful substances build up, detoxification programs cleanse the body from air and water pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, and solvents. When approached correctly, advocates claim a good detox program can jump-start weight loss, identify food sensitivities, increase energy, and empower people to adopt healthier eating and lifestyle habits. Taking a break from your regular diet, may also provide the space for you to connect more deeply to the body’s true needs and inspire you to eat right for your own body. The following is a list of Do’s and Don’ts when considering a detox program or cleanse from registered dietician Suzanne Dixon.
Consult a professional. Talk to your doctor before you add any dietary supplements to your self-care plan. This is especially important if you have chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
Avoid aggressive approaches. Do your research and talk with experienced, reputable practitioners before considering more aggressive detox practices, such as colonics or the use of strong laxatives.
Weed out offenders. Many detox diets advise that you cut out caffeine, alcohol, white sugar and flour, artificial sweeteners and all processed foods. We could particularly benefit by continuing to avoid these products after the detox as well.
Conquer caffeine. A complete ban on caffeine can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including nasty headaches. Instead of going cold turkey, slowly decrease caffeine intake in the lead-up to your full detox program.
Be a label reader. If you try detox products, read the label carefully and follow all instructions.
Note ingredients. Any detox product that contains laxatives such as senna, slippery elm, or psyllium will move waste more quickly through your colon and out of the body. These products also may remove medications, and if a medication passes through too quickly, it may not work as intended.
Focus on food. To get the most of any detox product, clean up your diet, too. Fresh vegetables and fruit should cover two-thirds of your plate. Include cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, chard, kohlrabi, bok choy, collard greens, turnips, rutabaga, mustard greens, radishes, and watercress, which contain nutrients that bolster the liver’s ability to detoxify chemicals.
Drink up. You’ll need fluids to digest the extra fiber you may be eating. If your urine is pale yellow or straw colored, you’re getting enough water. Any darker than this and you need to drink more.
A popular cleanse is The Master Cleanse or The Lemonade Diet, a modified juice fast that’s often used for rapid weight loss. It’s a liquid diet that provides a healthy amount of calories and nutrients specifically suited for cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally. The Master Cleanse has been tested and approved since 1940 by millions of people all around the world and is constantly reported as the most successful diet of its type.
Lemonade Diet Recipe
Mix each of the following lemonade diet ingredients into a large glass:
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Rich Maple Syrup
1/10 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder – or to taste (as much as you can stand)
8 ounces (250 milliliters of Pure Water)
Little tip: Roll each lemon firmly between your palm and the counter. Put sufficient downward pressure as you rock the lemon back and forth under your hand. You are softening the lemon to make the extraction of juice more efficient.
How much Lemonade should you drink during the day?
You will drink between 6 and 12 glasses of Lemonade each day (some people drink as much as 26 glasses per day). The more you can drink, the better. I try to drink at least 8 glasses each day. This will depend on how big or small you currently are (caloric needs), your tolerance to physical and psychological urges to eat, and your desire to lose weight.
Supplements for Cleansing
There are also many products available to aid in a detoxification program.
Get Real: Multi Metabolite Cleanse
An innovative nutritional formula cultivated to support healthy detoxification.*
Renew Life Diet Start CLEANSE: 14-Day Program
A targeted, two-part cleansing program to help support lean body mass, and eliminate waste and toxins so you feel lighter and more energized.*
Renew Life Total-Body Reset CLEANSE: 3-Day Program
Works with your body’s natural metabolism to help eliminate waste and toxins and relieve occasional bloating and constipation.*
Garden of Life: Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox
Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox is a 12-day cleanse program expertly formulated by Master herbalist Dr Terry Willard and has been widely used in clinics in Canada for over 35 years. This complete 4-part detoxification system is designed to clean the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system when used in conjunction with the
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.