People have a lot of questions about detoxing, and one of the main concerns many people have is the fear that cleansing means starving.
Detoxing happens when the amount of inflammatory foods and drinks put into our mouth reduces, and the liver has an opportunity to work through built-up toxins. As Dr. Mark Hyman states, "Detox is necessary when the metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution, and what has become known as the Standard American Diet (or SAD) has exceeded the threshold for what the body's innate detoxification system can tolerate.”
While this may sound like a simple physiological process, detoxing affects both the body and mind. Psychologically speaking, it takes the average one to two weeks to process alcohol, sugar, caffeine dairy and gluten and have them completely removed from your system. (That is, of course, if you are not adding additional sugar, wheat and alcohol to the body during the detox process.)
Removing these foods and beverages from your diet for two weeks is a great way to cleanse your system and start you on your path to better health. When you finish the detox, it also gives you the opportunity to see how you react when you reintroduce foods…(for me, I realised how heavy and bloated I felt eating gluten and how drinking caffeine on an empty stomach was too much for me!)
While there are many different detox protocols, not all of them involve going on a liquid diet or even giving up some of the foods you might eat on a regular basis. In fact, our detox protocol encourages lots of fresh vegetables, clean and lean protein, nuts and seeds and some fruit.
There's a group of what we call “offender” foods, including red meat, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gluten and dairy. These foods are the most notorious for causing reactions and hormone imbalance, so eliminating them during a detox is often good enough to kick-start .
Moreover, when you cut these foods from your diet, your body is able to process other foods more easily — and can convert that food into clean, lasting energy.
When you’re expending less energy on digestion, you feel lighter and more invigorated, and your body can hum along like a well-oiled machine.
Replacing some meals with shakes makes for a balanced detox.
In addition to cutting the offender foods, a balanced detox also includes assistance in the form of shakes and supplements. The detox supplements, which include herbs that assist with the detoxification of the organs.
One of the biggest reasons we don’t recommend no-food detoxes is that they rarely work for people. The detox process should be an act of self-care, not one that’s rife with feelings of deprivation and struggle.
Bonnie Redman, Nutritionist