What is Detox Cleansing and why is it required?
Detoxification is an age-old concept which has its roots in Ayurveda and Chinese medicines. It is a concept that talks about cleansing and resting your body from within so that all the toxins are removed naturally by your body.
Detox cleansing is only required if you have been on an unhealthy diet for too long and you have significant health issues. In this case, detoxification is going to help you release all the toxins that are causing you physical pain.
If you are on the other end of the spectrum, i.e. you are eating healthy, have balanced circadian rhythms with proper exercise and exposure to morning sunlight, then you don’t need to detox your body. There are higher chances that your body has a lower to negligible amount of toxins already. Hence, you can continue with your lifestyle without bothering about detoxification.
But now the question is how to detoxify my body? Is it related to fasting?
Well, firstly you need to understand the fact that, starving or fasting doesn’t equal detoxification. Detoxification mainly deals with eliminating toxins from your blood, liver, kidneys and intestines. While in case of fasting, it deals with having specific long gaps between your meals.
Hence, fasting can lead towards detoxification. But at the same time, it is not prescribed for every single person. It depends on your health condition and the food requirement as well as the food availability.
Let’s say that your gut health is weak and you want to improve your health and fasting is an option. Then, in this case, fasting will definitely help you to detoxify your body naturally. This doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself for 15 hours, but you have to take specific long breaks between meals.
Secondly, you need to make sure that what you eat in the meals is healthy otherwise if you consume fast food or fried food then its not going to help you at all. You will end up fasting for nothing.
Now, let’s jump into one of the most famous questions in the world of Detox. What is detox juice and how to make it?
Well, firstly “Detox Juice” is nothing but a fad. It has got hyped because of certain influencers who are pushing this term to get recognition and credibility. But, this doesn’t mean that you “should” or “should not” drink it. The answer is it completely depends on your body. If you have gut health issues then this juice might not work for you.
But if you have no digestive, or intestinal issues then detox juice can change your life. It basically is a mixture of raw vegetables and some fruits with fiber that cleanses your liver. It basically includes vegetables like spinach, carrot, beetroot, amla, coriander, ginger, lemon, mint etc.
But while preparing such detox juices, do keep this in mind that iron and vitamin C must be present in the juice. So for example, if you are adding carrot, then also add amla in the mix. This combination will help you achieve the detoxification you want without any gastric issues.
Finally, let’s get into one of the most asked questions about detoxification which is “How many times should I detoxify my body?”
The answer is not prescribed for all people because it heavily depends on your body type and how your body responds to the food. However, if you really want to start detoxification, I would recommend, once every 15 days or once a month.
Again, let me repeat, detoxifying doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself. Starvation will infact, process the fat in your stomach as nutrients which would harm your body in the longer run. Hence, it is important that you should take a proper consultation from a nutritionist regarding diets.
These are some very important points that you should remember before starting your detox journey. Following a template or a hyped diet plan rarely works for people. Hence, before attempting such diet plans make sure that you are self aware about your body and what works for you.