Are “cleansing” or “detoxing” programs really good for you? There seems to be an equal amount of warnings and recommendations for these programs. While it is possible to get it wrong, as long as you get it right you’ll be helping yourself in several different ways. I have outlined some of the benefits you can expect by following some of the more well-organized programs out there.
- Promotes Healthy Changes
It’s hard to change a well established habit, and a detox program – no matter how long – is one way to put a wedge between your old ways and your new ones. If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, processed food and you can use a detox program to help you kill those cravings. Often if you just try to quit eating those foods or drinking those beverages you’ll have limited success, and go back to your old ways. But if you cleanse the body and replace those foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.
- Improves Mood and Energy
Even mild dehydration can affect mood, concentration and energy levels. Chronic dehydration may affect your organs and lead to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, and liver, joint, and muscle damage. Whether it is mild, moderate, or severe dehydration, the lost liquids in your body must be immediately replaced. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a consequential crash. It is vital to stay well hydrated while on any program, if you aren’t drinking enough, increasing your water intake could improve your mood and give you more energy.
- Stronger Immune System
Freeing up your organs of toxins gives your immune system a boost since you will be able to absorb nutrients better, which plays a big role in keeping you healthy and firing on all cylinders. It is true that eating fruits and vegetables and even fruit juices can help support your immune system. Many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs you take while on a detox will help the lymphatic system, which plays a big role in keeping you healthy. Many detox programs also focus on light exercises which help to circulate and drain lymph fluid and improves circulation throughout the body, strengthening your immune system in the process.
- Helps with Weight Loss
It is simple to see how a detox diet would cause you to shed weight in the short term. A healthier way to look at it would be to establish long-term eating habits, and rid yourself of some unhealthy habits. Short-term results won’t last if you don’t make it a point to replace bad foods with good, and use your newfound energy to exercise more and become more active overall.
- Rids the Body of any Excess Waste
Allowing the body to rid itself of any excess waste that has been stored is one of the most pronounced part of cleansing. Most programs are designed to stimulate the body to purge itself, helping the liver do its thing as well as the kidneys and colon. Cleansing the colon is an important part of the process because those toxins need to exit the body, and a backed up colon can cause them to be reintroduced into the body, rather than exiting as planned. Sticking with fruits and vegetables even after the detox program is completed is a good way to keep things moving.
- Healthier Hair
By the time you can see your hair, it’s already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it’s important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a regular cleansing strategy. When your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins you’ll see and feel the difference in your hair. In many instances hair gets vibrant, feels softer to the touch and hair grows more quickly.
- Clearer Thinking
A good program will pay some attention to your state of mind during the cleanse. The use of meditation is often recommended as a way to get back in touch with your body during this time of purging and cleansing of toxins.
Self-care is essential in life, continue your mild / moderate health routine during your programs, pay attention to your body and do not push yourself into unhealthy situations. Each person is different so each result and effect will be different.