Detoxes. Are they worth the hype?

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Believe it or not, detoxing is not for everyone. Yes, many people do benefit from detoxing, but not everyone. I often recommend detoxes to my clients as well, but I’m very particular about what kind of detox I recommend. The bottom line is that detoxes that involve only real food are worth the hype, but detoxes that involve products such as shakes are not worth it at all. As a qualified nutritionist, I am very particular about products and regimens that I recommend. Therefore, I am going to tell you the purpose behind detoxing and if you are going to do it, what are some key principles of a super healthy detox.

Detoxing or a cleanse is a way to clean your body and rid yourself of any toxins that you have accumulated. Whether its from heavy metal poisoning, parasitic or fungal infection, or an imbalanced digestive system, detoxes are designed to help flush your body and clear everything up so that you can better absorb nutrients, feel rejuvenated, and be more energetic. In Ayurveda, detoxes are also designed to clear up ama, or undigested food. Cleansing is also a great way to work with digestive issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, aka IBS, and other conditions such as constipation, diarrhoea, or even Crohn’s Disease.

For a successful and nutritious detox, all you need is clean and real food. That is it. No shakes, no supplements. Most shakes and supplements are loaded with what I like to call “nasties.” Nasties are essentially artificial chemicals, sweeteners, preservatives, sugars, and other ingredients that you wouldn’t usually eat.

Detox diets are meant to contain foods that are easy to digest, yet are filled with good quality nutrition. For a typical detox, I recommend avoiding gluten, dairy, soya, nuts, and meats, including eggs, and beans which are foods that are typically hard to digest. This means that during the detox, meals should consist around gluten-free grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and lentils. Juices, smoothies, steamed vegetables, and soups are great ways to prepare your meals. Great breakfast ideas include either smoothies, dairy-free yogurt with fresh fruit, and porridge. Remember, during a detox, although its important to eat light, you should not go hungry as this will upset your metabolic system and will also throw your blood sugar levels off. So its best to eat every three to four hours or as necessary.

It is important to remember that detoxing is actually meant to be simple in terms of meal preparations and cleaning your body out with real food just makes sense. Why introduce other chemicals into your body when detoxing? The whole purpose of a detox is to cleanse your body. If you generally eat well, exercise, have a strong digestion, then the truth is that you may actually not need to do a detox. Not everything is for everyone so listen to your body and what it needs. If you are unsure, get advice from someone who is a trained professional with the qualifications and not just a sales rep for a particular wellness company. Remember, I’m always here to help, so if you have any questions, please do let me know.

Health and happiness,

Varsha