Here are few lies related to Detoxing: Do you know about them?
Using safe methods to rid the body of various diet-related and environmental toxins has been shown to help individuals feel better, look better, and lose weight. While there are many healthy ways to detoxify the body, there are also harmful methods that many people still use. What’s worse is that the media (e.g. magazines, television) tends to spread myths about proper ways to detox. However, most of the time, the advice that is given can be ineffective, or even dangerous.
Take a brief look at some of the most common detox myths spread by the media, and discover the truth about what detox methods are actually safe and healthy.
Myth: Stop eating for the best results
One of the first nutrition-related lies the media spreads is that in order to detox, you must stop eating. Occasionally, it is recommended that you supplement solid foods with juice and/or supplements. However, abstaining from food for a long period of time as a way to lose weight and detox the body is neither effective nor safe. Why? Your body will not receive the essential nutrients that it would otherwise receive from a healthy diet.
This can lead to a deficiency of nutrients, which can actually make it more challenging for the body to eliminate toxins. One thing to keep in mind is that there are major differences between fasting and detox diets. Fasting is typically done for a short period of time, and for reasons other than weight loss. When trying to detox the body, it is best to simply eat more of the right foods and eliminate your exposure to toxins.
Myth: It is safe to take detox supplements
While some natural detox supplements can be safe, many can expose the body to unnecessary risks. Detox supplements that are made using laxatives can quickly cause you to become dehydrated. Additionally, the safety of ingredients that are used in some detox supplements can be questionable. As an alternative, seek out herbs that naturally support the body’s detoxification processes. Burdock root, dandelion, and milk thistle are all phenomenal natural herbs that promote the removal of toxins in the body.
Myth: Skip any foods with fats
Not all fats are bad fats! Although it is obvious that certain high fat foods (e.g. fried foods, desserts) should not be consumed while trying to safely detox the body, there are other foods that contain good kinds of fats that you can consume? This includes fish, nuts, and omega-3 oils.
Before trying any method of detoxifying the body, it is important to do your research. The media is consistently promoting unhealthy detox methods, so it is essential to consult with a trusted source (such as a doctor) prior to making any significant changes.
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