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Everything about detox part 3: Pros and cons

  1. Click here to read part 2: All About Detox Part 2: Different Diet Plans

  1. Detoxification is the removal of toxins from the body. Internally, a detox program can remove bad substances from our body in several ways.

  1. The liver, colon, kidneys, gallbladder, lungs, skin, lymph nodes and blood all work to protect the body against toxins and free radicals. But besides the fact that detox would keep the body clean, what other benefits does detox have according to its adherents?

  1. Weight loss occurs with almost all detox treatments and this is one of the most popular reasons people start a detox. While weight can be lost, people should be realistic as most pounds lost are just water weight.

  1. These kilos also come back very easily. While detox wasn't originally designed for permanent weight loss, it can often be a good start. This is because a detox diet can lead to more energy that can be used for exercise, and it motivates people to eat healthier and change lifestyle habits.

  1. A detox that includes fasting often turns out to be the best way to prepare the body for weight loss. This includes fasting with water only, fasting with herbal tea, fasting with fruit juice, fasting with fruit, and fasting with rice.

Benefit # 2: Â More energy

  1. The fact that people have more energy is one of the reasons that people often try a detox diet again. By removing excess toxins and pollutants from the body, the organs are free to focus on functions other than waste disposal.

  1. This means that less energy is needed within the body, so that more energy is left for other things. When the body runs as it should and no energy is wasted, you will feel less sluggish and less tired. You feel like you have more energy and alertness.

Benefit # 3: More beautiful skin

  1. One of the advantages of detox according to proponents is the fact that the skin will look better after detoxification and that even skin problems such as acne can be solved. If the body has excess toxins that it cannot process quickly and effectively through the kidneys and intestines, these toxins can be removed through the skin to the outside.

  1. This causes spots, blackheads, cysts, and other painful skin conditions. Detoxification will help the body get rid of excess toxins so that it can efficiently process waste in the future.

Benefit # 4: Â Mental Benefits

  1. Toxins and free radicals that build up in the body can also affect our brain functions. Before you start a detox, you may have trouble sleeping, chronic fatigue, and trouble concentrating. Many of these problems will gradually disappear, according to detox advocates. You will be able to sleep better and concentrate better.

Benefit # 5: Changing the lifestyle

  1. Many people don't immediately think about this, most people think they are going to do a short detox and will leave it at that. However, many people find that they feel better both physically and mentally when they eat a healthier diet. Often people pay a little more attention to their bad habits once they are done with a detox. This leads to a healthier lifestyle.

Disadvantages Detox

  1. Of course a detox sounds like a good idea, but there are also disadvantages to a detox. Because it is important that you know what you are getting into, we also look at some of the disadvantages of a detox.

Disadvantage # 1: Weight loss is temporary

  1. Many people hope that detox is the way to lose weight. But even most of the creators behind a particular detox diet already state that just following a detox will not lead to long-term weight loss. People lose a lot of weight, but most of the pounds that people lose are water weight.

  1. The moment people start eating and drinking 'normal' again, these kilos will quickly gain again. If someone wants to lose a few pounds quickly before going on vacation, it is an option, but for long-term weight loss it is not the right way.

Disadvantage # 2: It can be difficult to sustain

  1. Sometimes a detox diet is difficult to maintain, especially when you see other people eating solid foods. For some people it may be a little less than others, but a week, maybe even two weeks or more, just soaking up liquid is no fun for most of us. Also, people sometimes tend to overeat once they get off a detox because they think they “deserve it”, and we're usually not talking about some broccoli with carrots.

Disadvantage # 3: Energy

  1. There are certain detox diets where you get almost no nutrients. At that moment the body does not get enough energy and it starts looking for other nutrients. The body often finds these in fat and muscle.

  1. Because of this it can happen that someone will feel weak and listless after a few days on a detox diet where no solid food is eaten. With a liquid diet, no protein is added and therefore no amino acids. These are necessary to build and repair muscle.

Disadvantage # 4: Â Reduced resistance

  1. Every day the body uses the calories we take in to defend against bacteria and other external problems. The moment there are not enough calories, the body will have to choose where the energy goes.

  1. The immune system is of course very important to our body, but not as important as the ability to stand on both feet or get the heart beating. Therefore, people who do not consume enough calories often have a reduced immune system, which means they run the risk of getting sick more quickly than others.

  1. In addition, different detox diets have some unpleasant side effects such as:

  1. [!Pullquote] These detox effects can last even for a few weeks. [!/ Pullquote]

Disadvantage # 5: No scientific basis

  1. A number of things that people who believe in the effect of detox say sound credible, a number of others sound downright strange. For example, there are people who believe that detox would fight cancer, and more such weird statements.

  1. [!Pullquote] Ultimately, many of the claims of detox benefits have no scientific basis. [!/ pullquote]


  1. Some people assume that with a detox cure they will immediately feel completely delicious and healthy. However, as we discussed earlier, this is not always the case. Sometimes people suffer from side effects that are just annoying, and these side effects are even harmful to health. Hence these tips:

Start slow

  1. It is quite simple, if you had a diet full of alcohol, sugar, and fat then it is quite a shock for the body to suddenly change course completely. So before you start a detox program, you should start slowly.

  1. So don't start eating just broccoli and lettuce right away, but introduce these food products slowly into your diet. So before you really suddenly turn the button, start slowly. At that point you are slowly but surely working towards a healthy lifestyle and that is always better than temporary diets.

Don't forget to rest enough

  1. Many people soon notice that they have less energy left at the beginning of a detox diet. At that time it is best to just lie down every now and then at noon for half an hour to an hour (where possible). This not only gives you energy but can also help you get through the difficult hunger period.

Drink more water

  1. Drinking water helps with a detox diet in two different ways. Drinking enough water ensures that the stomach remains full, at that time you will have less hunger. Because detox diets limit food intake, dehydration is a common symptom of a detox diet.

  1. Detox diets sometimes even recommend the use of laxatives to stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body. However, these can lead to diarrhea that also contributes to fluid loss and dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, a feeling of thirst, or urine that is dark or amber.

  1. [!Pullquote] Make sure you get enough water. [!/ Pullquote]

Not up to the hole

  1. If you get sick while on a detox diet, it is a good idea to see a doctor to avoid further health risks. Problems can range from a cold or flu to a gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and / or diarrhea. Also, stopping a detox and returning to normal eating habits immediately is not a good idea, it can lead to further nausea and stomach pain.

  1. Of course does not always mean safe

  1. Many people think that if they follow a detox diet with â € natural herbs and productsâ € ™ they can take whatever they want to speed up the diet. There are plenty of natural products on the market that are not safe for everyone. Therefore, learn a little more about a certain product before you start taking it.

  1. Don't start a detox with a serious health problem

  1. Some people need to make sure they put as little pressure on their body as possible. People with heart disease, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure should avoid detox because their body may not be able to handle it.

  1. Most people expect a definitive answer, should I start a detox diet or not? The fact is, many of the “facts” mentioned by detox dietitians are not particularly credible. As discussed earlier, there are certain statements that do sound logical, but there are also statements that sound absolutely illogical.

  1. [!Pullquote] But what is a detox good for? [!/ Pullquote]

Detox and lose weight

  1. Simple, if you want to lose weight then detox is not the ideal way, the weight will fly off in the beginning but when you just start eating again it will just come back.

  1. In addition, the fact that it can sometimes have the opposite effect, when you do not eat anything and only drink you soon enough find out that your energy level decreases drastically.

  1. When you have low energy, the chances of going to the gym to do some cardiovascular exercises are pretty slim.

Another way

  1. What detox can certainly be good for is that it makes people eat healthier. It's pretty simple, we all know that steamed broccoli with brown rice isn't as tasty as pizza (at least for most people), but we also know it's much better for our bodies.

The body like a machine

  1. You should think of your body as a machine. The moment you throw old fuel of impure quality into the engine, a machine will work, but not optimally.

  1. You find out soon enough that problems occur much more often. The moment you put clean, high-quality fuel into the engine, you notice the opposite. The same is true of the human body, and our food should be seen as the fuel.

  1. As soon as people start paying attention to what they eat during a detox and also follow a healthy diet, they soon notice that they have more energy and feel better.

  1. We all know that there is too much pollution in everything we do every day, even our air has more pollution now than it was a few generations ago.

  1. However, if you start with a healthy life and ensure that you avoid certain harmful components (for example by only drinking water instead of soft drinks) then it is also easier for the body to keep themselves clean.

  1. Prevention is better than cure

  1. Following an abrupt detox treatment requires a lot from the body and has various, sometimes unpleasant, side effects. If you want to make sure that you have more energy and that your body is cleaner and healthier, focus on eating healthier and â € â € ™ cleanerâ € ™ â € ™ instead of taking a detox.

  1. That is why detox may be a reasonable step for some people, but in the end prevention is better than cure.

  1. Make sure you start with a healthier food choice and lifestyle today and you will be amazed at how much the human body can actually handle on its own without additional outside help.

  1. Do you have any additions / tips about detoxing yourself? Let me know by leaving a comment below! Â

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