Detox cleanses are very popular and it seems that a new version pops up on social media every week, often supported by a celebrity.
Fans of these cleanses claim that these diets can clear up your skin, help you lose weight, improve your mental clarity and memory, boost your blood circulation and energy levels, etc. They state that these cleanses are necessary due to our modern diet and environmental pollution.
Most of these cleanses involve consuming supplements or foods (often in liquid form) that have diuretic properties (to make you urinate more) or that stimulate bowel function (to clean out your intestines). In reality, however, a healthy body is perfectly capable of performing these functions on its own, especially when you eat a balanced and varied diet and have a healthy lifestyle (physically active, no smoking or drugs, moderate alcohol intake).
If you’re considering doing a cleanse because it might help you lose weight, keep in mind that most of these cleanses only help you lose a few kilos of water that you will put right back on after the diet is over.
Before embarking on a cleanse, take the time to research it, especially if you have health issues or take medication. Even if the products used in the cleanse are all-natural, they may not be suitable for your situation and may even aggravate your condition. Proceed with caution.
One positive aspect of a cleanse is that it usually means you are taking time for yourself. Knowing that lack of sleep and daily stress probably both have a major impact on your well-being, why not simply take some well-deserved time off? Depending on your family obligations and finances, your R&R could take place at home or elsewhere, and could last simply the length of a hot bath or be spread across several days. What’s important is that you rest and relax a little bit!