Do you want to cleanse or detoxify your body? If you are the one of the many Americans who has heard that you may be carrying up to 20 pounds of excess waste and toxins due to buildup, you may be ready to take action. Before you start with a cleanse, it is important to determine if you are the right candidate.
Factors that can help you determine if you are ready for a body detox or cleanse include:
Your health. Are you healthy? Do you suffer from any medical conditions, such as diabetes or a thyroid condition? If so, you should not start a body detox or cleanse without first speaking to your doctor. The are many cleansing programs available, including water fasting, juice fasting, the Master Cleanse, and making the switch to all-natural, organic foods. There should be at least one cleanse that is right for you, but others could lead to serious health problems.
In keeping with your health, if you are female, it is important to make sure you are not pregnant. When water fasting, your body will be robbed of needed nutrients. These nutrients are not only important for your body, but they are vital to unborn babies. Women who are pregnant or even breastfeeding should never try a water fast. Juice fasting and the Master Cleanse do provide you with some nutrients, but not enough. Speak to your doctor, but the only safe ways to detoxify your body while pregnant is with exercise and healthy eating.
Your daily and weekly schedule. If you opt for the Master Cleanse, you will see that 10-days is the recommended length of detoxification. Throughout those 10-days, you will experience a number of side effects, as well as make multiple trips to the bathroom. Although many are able to continue to work or go about their daily routine on the Master Cleanse, others find it difficult to do so. You may have to slightly modify your schedule or start a detox diet on the weekend.
Your weight. If you are overweight, a detox is recommended. As previously stated, our bodies can store up to 20 pounds of toxins and waste. Those who are at normal weight have some buildup, but it is significantly less. If you have tried different exercise plans, as well as healthy eating and still were met with defeat, it may be time for a cleanse. Although a detox is not recommended simply just for weight loss, the end results can improve your health in the long run.
Your ability to stay focused and on task. If you opt for waster fasting, juice fasting, or the Master Cleanse, solid foods will be eliminated from your diet. Whether you cleanse for 3 days or for 13, you will experience severe hunger pains. These pains will be accompanied with discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Right away, you may wish to give-up. That is okay, but your ability to stay focused, on task, and avoid solid foods will result in success. If you do not believe you can go without food for 5 to 10 days, examine other options of detoxifying your body. Simple steps such as increasing water consumption, fiber consumption, and exercising can improve your health too.
In conclusion, unless you have health complications, no harm can come from at least trying a body detox or cleanse. With that said, always listen to your body. Any pain and discomfort you experience should pass within one to two days. If not, seek medical attention.