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Reviewing A Body Detox Program

Dec 8, 2007
Sometimes a healthy diet and plenty of exercise isn't enough. No matter how well you take care of yourself, toxins can build up in your body and leave you feeling fatigued.

These toxins are the result of common foods that we eat every day, but they can be dispelled quickly with a body detox program. In this article, we'll tell you how a cleansing detoxification regimen can leave your body feeling in tip-top shape.

Body detox diets are based on the premise that the food you consume contains a range of harmful substances. These substances accumulate in your body and cause fatigue, headaches, nausea and even disease.

There are a countless number of diets available. The basic idea is to temporarily give up certain foods that are thought to contain "toxins," such as meat, sugar, certain grains, dairy and caffeine.

These diets typically start with fasting followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit and fruit juices and water. The best diet is one based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein and unsaturated fats. Add regular exercise and stress reduction techniques, and you have a solid foundation for good health.

A cleansing and detoxification program will sometimes advocate using herbal laxatives, natural detoxification and a natural colon cleanse to flush out the intestine and liver. The duration of such regimens often ranges from seven to 10 days. Some people report they feel better and are more focused and energetic during and after detox diets.

This may be due to their belief that they are doing something good for their body. But it may also be due to not eating much, if anything, for more than several days. Calorie restriction can lead to heightened feelings of psychological well-being.

There is no evidence that detox diets have any health benefits. In fact, some detox diets can have harmful side effects, so be sure to consult a physician before you start any program. Early side effects of fasting include headaches.

Prolonged fasting or severe calorie restriction can result in anemia, low blood sugar and irregular heartbeat. It's important to remember that you have a built in body detox system. Your kidneys and liver filter out poisons and get rid of them in the urine and stools.

If you're concerned about your lack of energy, then consult a doctor before you begin a body detox to make sure that you don't have an illness that requires treatment. There are a variety of ways to cleanse your system of toxins such as a detox body wrap, liver cleansing, detox teas and a variety of other detoxification products.

Be sure that you fuel your body well and get plenty of sleep. It's the best way to give your body that energy boost.
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