Detoxes and Cleanses – Not What You Think
Just to be clear, there isn’t any kind of detox or cleanse that is going to rid you of all the high calorie food and sugary drinks you have consumed over the holidays. Even if they claim to do so, there just isn’t that kind of magic in the world. Usually, when we hear the word detox, we think about eating less or even fasting. In reality, a detox doesn’t need to go to that extreme. Getting to know the purpose of a detox can help in understanding what measures should be taken to aid in the remedy of a situation.
One of the biggest benefits of a detox is to remove toxins from your body. Everything we eat contains small traces of certain toxins, like metal for example. Seafood like fish have been found to contain high amounts of metal in their bodies, especially mercury. These metals can affect our immune system functions which in turn can alter our mood and even lower our chances at fighting disease. So, going on a metal detox isn’t always such a bad idea. In fact, published studies have shown that in just a week’s time, a metal detox can greatly improve liver function, which improves our overall well-being.
Additionally, detoxes can aid in weight loss and reduce inflammation. Many times, the detox can reduce inflammation of the liver by giving it a rest, since you aren’t making it overwork with alcohols, sodas, and other beverages that are difficult to process. As for the weight loss, there have been many studies that prove how detoxing by cutting out fat and sugary foods can lead to weight loss. One study went for just 21 days, allowing participants to eat as much fruits and vegetables as they wanted, as long as they drank significant amounts of water. They averaged losing almost 12 pounds in that timeframe. I don’t necessarily recommend taking this approach, but it goes to show that detoxing can work alongside weight loss as well.
Now, there is no need to jump up and go buy some weight loss detoxifying advertised drink or smoothie. There are other, safer ways to go about it, and although I always like to say that you should check in with a dietician (aka me! ) before jumping onto any bandwagon, below is a detox drink you can make at home to test the waters and see if you think you can handle a short detox. Keep in mind what I said at the beginning of this article though, there is no detox that is just going to clean your internals up in a jiffy, and sometimes bad eating habits can lead to permanent damage, so don’t think this is a cure all, but sometimes lowering your intake of certain minerals, fats, and sugars can allow your body to rest and begin to create a maintained schedule for itself.
Blend these up for a vegetable detox that contains lots of nutrients to aid your liver during the process.
- 3 carrots
- 3 kale leaves
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 beets
- 1 turnip
- ½ bunch of spinach
- ½ bunch of parsley
- ½ onion
- 2 garlic cloves
Don’t worry if you’re missing any ingredients, just skip it and move on to the next one! Also, if this one doesn’t strike your fancy, look online for some other recipes and give them a go. Try to stray away from ones that contain lots of fruits, as [in a previous article] blended fruits can lead to other issues.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD