The words “detox” and “cleanse” are wonderfully appealing and used everywhere; from digital detoxing to colon cleansing.
The thought of eliminating all the toxic build-up from our bodies and our lives is rather inviting. Who wouldn’t want to press a big refresh button and have all the poor diet choices and negative influences flushed away revealing a new, purified you; ready and energised to take on the world!
However, with literally thousands of detoxes and cleanses available, where do you even start? And how do you know if there’s any truth behind the list of incredulous health benefits they all proclaim to provide.
Well, the fact is you don’t and it’s worth noting that you should exercise extreme caution before spending any money on a specific brand, or system. The advice from medical professionals is that your body is designed specifically for the task of detoxification, it's doing it right now as you're reading this, and it's miraculously adept at it.
So, don’t get suckered into believing that some special tea, or funky tasting fruit juice is going to magically out perform what your body has been doing for you since the day you were born. The allure of detoxing and cleansing means that marketers can have a field day selling products with little or no actual substance.
There are things that we can do, however, to reboot our body’s health and clean up our internal organs, which could be regarded as either "cleansing" or "detoxing".
Both terms have a similar meaning and tend to be used interchangeably, however cleanses almost always involve consuming some form of liquid over a period of time which is meant to flush out toxins from the body, whereas detoxing refers more specifically to the elimination of certain toxins, for example from the diet.
- The lemonade diet
- Juice cleanse
- Sugar detox
- Green smoothie cleanse
- Intermittent fasting
All of the above examples effectively give your digestive system a break, either completely, or from certain foods. There is a lot to be said for this, especially given how unnatural the modern diet can be.
Rebooting the system through a complete, temporary overhaul of the diet can be a powerful way of getting you to think more carefully about what your body is having to ingest on a daily basis.