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Is a Summer Detox Necessary?

You Asked: End of Summer Detox?

Dear Fit,
Over the Summer I've definitely been overindulging, chowing down at BBQs, eating tons of ice cream on hot days, and drinking more beer and cocktails in a weekend than I would in an entire month the rest of the year. I know it's not the healthiest, but hey, it's Summer and it only comes once a year. I haven't really gained weight, but I feel pretty disgusting. I'm wondering what you think about doing a detox to celebrate the end of my Summer diet, and the beginning of new healthier changes. I was just going to eat raw fruits and veggies, and drink water for two weeks to cleanse out my system.
— In Need of Detox

Well we've all been there, so you're not alone in taking in the goodness of Summer. While everything is OK in moderation, it's nice that you've recognized that you've crossed over that line. So now what to do? To find out if a detox is the answer,


I cannot say this enough but no, a detox is not what you need. Raw fruits, veggies and water are healthy, yes, but you can't live on those alone for two weeks. You want to make sure you're getting enough protein, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients. If you don't, you'll experience symptoms such as loss of energy, headaches, muscle aches, irritability, and digestive issues.

Instead of a detox, what I do recommend is eating a diet full of all the healthy foods you can find including fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, lowfat dairy products, and nuts. Omit or limit the foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar, and alcohol, and you'll instantly feel better. There's no need to shock your system and go raw for two weeks. Just make the commitment to eat healthy, but be sure to allow yourself small indulgences every once in a while. If you deny yourself the things you crave completely, it can backfire and set you back to your Summer ways.

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Spectra Spectra 8 years
What Fit said was absolutely right...your body can't live on just fruits and veggies for two weeks. Besides, your liver and kidneys do a good job of keeping your system clean on their own. Like Fit said, go back to eating your healthy diet and maybe increase your water consumption and cut down on or eliminate the'll probably feel really good after that.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
I think Fit's answer is great, BUT - I totally relate to your sense of feeling "toxic" - I've been there, and I'll tell you what I did, and how it's helped - I also think that doing what I'm about to tell you can't really do any harm, so I'm not worried about spreading bad information: I started each day with a warm glass of water with lemon juice (and then rinse your mouth with water - don't brush your teeth immediately, or you could end up with acid damage on your teeth). Then, in addition to a "cleaner" diet than the one I had been eating (much like the one that Fit suggests), I drank two large glasses each day (one with lunch, one an hour before bed) of water with a teaspoon of psyllium husks, followed by another glass of water (be advised, you will be visiting the bathroom more if you do this). I imagined the psyllium sort of "sucking up" all the toxins, all the poison, all the JUNK in my system, and washing it away - and I was replacing it with the healthy nutrients I was now eating. Just make sure you drink plenty of water with the psyllium, or it won't work right, and your digestive system will make you regret it. But for me, it really REALLY worked, and after about 10 days, I felt amazing - my skin looked great, I was sleeping great at night, I had more energy, and I just didn't feel poisonous anymore. Good luck.
michlny michlny 8 years
I am doing Dr. Morrison's Detox which is really just clean eating (fruits, veggies, proteins, complex carbs, et al) with the addition of extra nutrients to support liver detoxification. There is substantial science behind it....just sayin'.....
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Sounds like a detox-lite.
missyd missyd 8 years
yes very good answer
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Great answer, Fit !
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