Detoxing is a tradition that has been done for centuries in various cultures around the world. Many choose to detox to simply cleanse and purify the body, while others detox with specific goals in mind such as losing weight and/or burning unwanted fat from the body. Others will detox before a big event so that they can be feeling their best during important moments in their life. Some of the touted benefits of detoxing include burning fat, reducing digestive issues such as bloat, improving the condition of the skin, and even making hair and nails healthier. Many people also choose to detox when they have been experiencing intense food cravings, especially when they have been cravings with the sweet tooth. Eating too much sugar can have some detrimental effects on the body, but detoxing can help to recover the condition our body was in before binging on sugary or fatty foods.
There are many methods for detoxing, some that include only drinks and others that include actual foods and meals during the detox. Most professionals in the health community recommend using a detox cleanse that still involves food. Fasting can have negative effects on the body, especially if you are wanting to lose unwanted fat. Starving yourself can lead to more stress. This stress can increase cortisol that increases visceral fat, which nobody wants to do in their weight loss pursuit. Many claim that their detoxes can help you lose anywhere from five to even ten or fifteen pounds during a short amount of time, but these are often detoxes that include extreme fasting, otherwise known as starving yourself, which is not the way you want to go if you care about your overall health and well-being.
Most detox diets last for about one week. Some last longer, but if you are cutting our certain food groups, then you should really not engage in a detox that last longer than four to seven days. Those that include foods often include only raw fruits and veggies that are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. The start of the detox is one of the most difficult parts for many as our bodies are not used to this kind of fasting and many of us are much more comfortable with our diets that contain proteins and more carbohydrates. On average, healthy detoxes include drinking shakes or smoothies for breakfast and lunch and having a raw dinner that is made up of mostly vegetables. For this purpose, most choose to have a salad. Some skip the dressing while others choose healthy options like a homemade vinaigrette. While this is the more traditional method of detoxing with foods, it is perfectly acceptable to have a meal of fruits and vegetables in the morning and have your smoothies for lunch and dinner instead.
There is a wide variety of recipes for detoxing that you can find all over the internet from, both, professionals as well as people who have done their own experimenting with various detoxing methods. If you are interested in detoxing, you may want to do some of this experimentation for yourself or you may just want to do some research to find out which plans have the fruits and vegetables that you most enjoy. Two of the most common ingredients in most detoxes are lemons and spinach, which can be used in, both, your smoothies and your salads. Many people like to use lemon with some vinegar and olive oil for their salad dressing. Some other fruits that are commonly used during detoxes are strawberries, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, and pineapple. Some common vegetables that are used include romaine lettuce, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and even frozen peas.
The salads that many choose to eat for dinner often include avocados, seeds and nuts (for necessary protein), Brussel sprouts, oranges, and even chicken. Some may choose to skin the chicken if they are aiming for an all raw detox. When it comes to drinks during your detox, it will be all water and absolutely nothing else. Many people choose to infuse their water with flavor and nutrients by adding lemon, cucumber, and even mint. This can help you to avoid craving other drinks that you may otherwise drink and also keeps needed nutrients flowing through your body during your detox. Whatever you choose, it is never a bad idea to consult with your doctor or nutritionist about the detox cleanse that you want to do. They will be able to guide you and give you the best advice for your specific needs. If you are wanting to detox without foods, you will likely be advised against it, as extreme fasting can be very bad for your overall health and can even give you the opposite results as mentioned above. Those who fast with too much intensity can also suffer with intense cravings and often binge a great deal after their detoxing routine is complete. Good luck to you with the detox that you select and remember to try to get all of the essential vitamins and minerals throughout your cleanse!