Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” do you immediately think of allliquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?
The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.
I like to use the term Whole Food System Reset because when done correctly that is what a detox should be. A chance for your body to rest, recover and heal from the stress of the standard american diet, autoimmune reactions to food allergies, and a gentle way for resetting food cravings and addictions born from our standard diets.
The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a detox, or cleanse of any type.
Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, or cleanse you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run. It will also lead you to eat more after your cleanse is over. If you feel deprived for weeks you will naturally gain any lost weight back.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the cleanse ends.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while cleansing.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, or cleanse you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my detoxes.
I also find that I am much less “hungry” on a cleanse because my body is #1 Not getting fed irritants that create food cravings. If you can separate food cravings from actually being hungry you might gain some powerful insights into how your regular diet is effecting every level of your life.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Your body will begin to detox just by taking a single food group out of your system. Letting go of Dairy, wheat, or meat will create powerful detox results all by themselves. You need not fast, or drink only teas, or Cayenne lemon water to detox.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a detox, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics into your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body. High potency digestive enzymes because even the cleanest food left in the gut undigested will become rancid and toxic for the body. You not only must eat clean food, but be able to digest it. But don’t worry for most people just putting live food into their bodies gives their cells the full they need to being to heal.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.
I’ve worked with detox participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear.
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