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Detoxing: There Really is No Need

There are so many ways to pursue the quest of health and there are many "detox" remedies out there for folks looking for a quick internal cleanse. However, the majority of health experts don't recommend detox cleanses or juice fasts, especially long term ones since fasting for more than 3 days robs the body of vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Your best bet is to avoid a liquid detox regimen, since they can leave you both hungry (read: irritable) and gassy (read: anti-social). Instead, you should focus on adding fruits, veggies and whole grains to your daily diet since these types of foods all help to keep your system running smoothly. Plus, as I like to say "slow and steady wins the race." By focusing on what you can add to your diet daily, you have a much better chance of fully adopting healthy eating habits so thus avoiding the need to detox.

Limiting alcohol to one serving a day for the ladies, and two servings for the guys, will help keep your liver from having to work overtime. Of course, limiting the amount of acetaminophen you take will help your liver as well. This OTC painkiller used in Tylenol can cause liver damage if taken in excess.

The bottom line: take care of your body and it will take care of you!


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tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I never detoxed and never will. I know someone who tried and it was horrible.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm glad you posted this too...I can't stand it when people say that you have "years worth of fecal matter" built up in your colon or some other stupid stuff like that. Truth is, if you eat a diet with plenty of fiber, you'll be clean enough inside. I've always thought that "master cleanse" thing with the maple syrup/lemon juice/cayenne was SCARY, not to mention disgusting. I can't imagine not eating for more than say, a day. Even that is too long for me :) Gotta love the fruits and veggies though...they are definitely great!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I find fasting for a day or two once or twice a year really helps my mental clarity. Not a special diet, pills, or drink, just water, fruit/veggie juices, vitamins. Can't explain why, but I always feel better and refreshed after the fast. So, i'll say while it may not be for everyone, fasting and resting your digestive system can hold a benefit for some.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I had a co-worker who would do the 2 week detox liquid diet (with that nasty drink of lemon water, cayenne, maple syrup, etc.). I thought it looked awful because she basically zombified for two weeks. Her eyes were glassy and vacant by the 2nd day. She was doing it for weight loss, but I never saw any noticale change. Maybe she did, and that's why she did it, but it just seemed so unhealthy.
esk4 esk4 9 years
I'm glad you posted this... because at the emmys jaime pressly was citing the cabbage soup detox diet as her weight loss trick, claiming it was healthy and good for you...
sunshinevaness sunshinevaness 9 years
I think the best way to stay healthy is to eat healthy no need for detox if you already take good care of your body.
ohohmommio ohohmommio 9 years
Amen, sister!!!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I'm still finding my groove after moving to a new city two weeks ago, and yesterday I was so tired and nearly crashed at 8pm. I realized it could be due to not eating properly or drinking enough water. So today I'm going to just try and get back on track again.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I think people like the idea of detoxing. One week of this extreme behavior and your food "sins" are wiped clean.
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