Detoxification is a term widely used by nutritionists. I know you’re probably aware of what it stands for, and if not, you can always check it out in a dictionary or in an encyclopedia like Wikipedia. But, in reality, the tricky thing is finding out why you should undergo your body through such a process.
There are many opinions pro and con this procedure. Is it a myth or does it really help you become healthier, fitter and live longer? Well I wasn’t really sure of what the right answer is, so I decided to do a little bit of research on my own.
What I found out was that there are many adepts to detoxification because of the fantastic results that otherwise couldn’t be reached (or at least it is believed). I am going to enumerate some of them, so you can put in a balance the benefic effects if you consider trying a diet like this:
- It can help you lose weight – true but only because detox diets imply fasting. And we all know that this is not the solution for a durable weight loss.
- It helps eliminating toxins from the organism – true first of all because you have to drink tons of water that drains all the organs.
- It can improve the functions of the organs – this is partially true in what concerns probably the kidneys, the liver and the intestines. I seriously doubt that fasting can do wonders so that you can forget about medicines essential for serious diseases.
- It boosts the energy level – contrary to general opinion testimonials say that after a period of detoxification you simply feel full of life
- It makes your skin look great – I think this is true mainly because drinking a lot of water helps the skin get hydrated. This can be a life savior for those with skin conditions where traditional treatments didn’t do the job.
- It helps your psychical state – most of the times body detoxification is done together with reflection and self analysis. It is definitely OK to have a few moments just for yourself.
If I were to give you my personal opinion, I would have to say that detoxification can be really useful, in some cases, if it is done under the supervision of a nutritional expert. On the other hand, I have to say that I am not a militant for such drastic procedures. I think that preventing is better than treating. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid toxins intake, but being a little bit more careful about what you eat and drink can become the ideal detoxification diet for each one of us.
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