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5 Reasons Why Doing a Detox Cleanse is a MUST!

Detoxing.

Such a polarizing topic.

As for me, my opinion is made, and I’m about to share it with you.

Make sure to let me know in the comment section below if you believe in detoxing or not 🙂

Is Detoxing Really Necessary?

“You don’t need to do a detox cleanse.”

“Your body’s programmed to do just that anyway.”

“Detoxing is extra. You don’t need that extra help.”sunlight fruits cancer

“Detox programs are scams that naturopaths use to lure their clients in.”

“Your liver does all the detox for you: it’s your detox center.”

 

Ever heard these comments from a friend, or your spouse, or perhaps even your doctor?

Because it makes no sense to some that the pollution around us, the air we breathe, the pesticides on our fruits and veggies and many other pollutants are making our bodies sick.

It is true that the liver is the primary detox center of our body. It filtrates a lot of gunk on a daily basis. In fact, we’ve got a couple of cleansing centers in our body:  our skin, our lungs, and our kidneys are just some of them.

But wait.

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What happens when the detox centers of your body are congested?

Could acne, fatigue, and congestion be signs of our bodies having a hard time to detox themselves?

What if your kidneys are tired of filtrating all those debris that have been coming in for years?

And what happens when your liver’s so overloaded by the number of poisons that go through it that it stops functioning correctly? Or what if it’s not used to certain chemicals or molecules, that it doesn’t know what to do with it?

 

 

Do You Really Need to do a Detox Cleanse?

I’m sorry to say, but in the world we live in, I believe detoxes have become more of necessity. I think they’re a must if we don’t want to end up in the ER, begging the doctor for a diagnosis for that chronic fatigue, that lack of concentration, that feeling of sluggishness or that unjustifiable pain that just won’t go away.

Our organs are overwhelmed and tired, and they can’t function the way they were meant to, because of the accumulation the hundred thousands of toxins.

It takes years to develop chronic conditions, but they all start from somewhere, don’t they? I believe our body speaks to us through symptoms manifestation.

Hence it is my opinion that all signs matter: if your body’s telling you something’s wrong, chances are something’s wrong. It may be too microscopic to be visible on that scan result, that ultrasound report or even that blood test. But would you prefer to sit around and wait for a decade to pass by and be diagnosed with a tumor or heart disease, or instead, trying to be in the best shape and get rid of this symptom today?

If you’ve already been to the doctor but have been frustrated by the incomplete answers you got, I say it could be the time to consider adding something to your life. And this “something” could be a detox cleanse.

If you’re willing to get informed about the world of natural detoxification, please keep reading.

 

What’s a Detox Cleanse?

Detoxing is a practice that is in demand and has become very popular over the past few years on our side of the planet. More people are turning to the naturopathic world for more thorough answers. But detox cleanses aren’t a new practice! One of its oldest forms is that of Ayurveda in India. There’s also Traditional Chinese Medicine that aims to remove blockages so that the energy in the body can flow adequately, using tools such as acupuncture and acupressure.

According to Google, detox is

“a process or a period in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances”

You can detox for a few days, for a week, for a month and so on. There are numerous detox protocols out there; it can get overwhelming for a beginner. But in essence, a cleanse will give you guidelines to follow, things to avoid while detoxing and what to watch for during the process.detox cleanse

Colon irrigation sometimes precedes or follows specific detox protocols, to pull some of the toxins out of the body manually. It depends on your wish and tolerance level.

Some call it a scamming practice because they don’t or can’t understand how something so natural could indeed help the body. In other words, if no one can make a pill full of chemicals out of it, then it must be a scam. Well, I’d say the exact opposite! But hey: to each one their own opinion.

And I’m not saying all detox cleanses are restorative. In fact, like everything under the sun, someone somewhere is going to try to create the “easy pricey detox” for gullible and misinformed people.

Getting the most information from reliable sources is your best bet when trying anything new, cleanse included.

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What Can a Detox Cleanse Do To My Body?

Of course, there are tons of benefits to doing a detox cleanse. In this post, I’ll only share the ones I’ve personally experience while detoxing.

1. Improved Digestion

While on a detoxing protocol, you’ll likely have to reduce your caloric intake. You eat little to no fatty food and replenish your storage of vital nutrients. You may have to increase your soluble fiber intake. All of these will have a positive impact on your gastrointestinal tract. I used to suffer from problems like constipation and indigestion. Detoxing helped me so much with that. I also typically experience less bloating while on a detox.

 

2. Nicer Skin

detox cleanseI sincerely believe detoxing has made a big difference with my acne and dark marks post acne. While detoxing, I was drinking more water, and I was eating no junk food. So these things do have an impact on your skin. Depending on how often you do your detox, and also depending on what type of food you eat once you resume your regular diet, these results may fluctuate.

The idea behind most cleanses is to give your body a boost and help your organs “breathe” and be able to do their job more efficiently.

Now if once you finish a cleanse, you go back to eating junk food, high-fat diet, low in fruits and veggies, then you may be missing the whole point of detoxing. I believe a cleanse is a way to help everyone open their eyes and see that since they feel better while on it, they can incorporate some its principles into their daily routine.

 

3. Better Rest

It might be due to going to sleep on a not so full stomach; or my body spending less time digesting and more detox cleansetime resting, but I’ve noticed that my sleep quality, and not quantity, improved. I mean that I would wake up, sometimes before my alarm even went on, entirely rested and ready to tackle the day. How many times have you had that feeling of being completely relaxed? I know, not so often.

 

4. Better Focus

I usually notice I have better focus when, for example, working on the blog, during a detox cleanse. I can binge-writing five articles in only a couple of hours. On a regular week without detoxing, I may write 2 or a maximum of 3 blog entries. And I always have to take breaks, get my mind off of it otherwise I feel I’m going nuts.

 

5. Increased Energy and Vitality

Now, this one was tricky for me: going on a liquid detox cleanse, I initially felt low in energy. My caloric intake was smaller than what my body was used to, and that could explain the initial decrease in power. So day 1 and 2 detox cleansewere sometimes dreadful. But by day 3, I could feel a boost in energy like never before. That’s one of the reasons I like detoxes so much: that increase in vitality is priceless, especially when having a demanding job such as that of an ER nurse =)

There’s a ton of detox body cleansing protocol on the web and my own program will be coming soon. Make sure you check it out 🙂

 

Peace, Love, and Health

Didi



10 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Doing a Detox Cleanse is a MUST!”

  • Didi, I cannot tell you how much I agree with what you have said here.

    Detoxification in our current society is – in my viewpoint – an absolute must. It not only helps you to feel better, but it can prevent so many illnesses that are much more difficult to handle in the future.

    Having gone through a wonderful detox program myself, I can also attest to the fact that it greatly improves skin tone, energy level and has many other effects that I had not even considered would happen.

    Having dealt with low blood sugar over about the past 15 years, I have also found that detoxing indirectly helps with that, but I have no idea why. Do you have any information on that?

    • Hi Tonya, 

      Glad I could find another detox-savvy person! 

      Detoxing does help control blood sugar. Low blood sugar can be caused by eating a diet full of processed foods, soft drinks and refined sugar. By detoxing, you’re pretty much getting rid of all the triggers of hypoglycemia. The key is, once you finish your detox protocol, to not go back into old habits, as these hypoglycemic episodes are likely to come back. 

      Hope this helped!

      Come back anytime Tonya

      Didi

  • Very good info, Didi. I knew that acne and other issues are the body’s way of detoxing…but it didn’t occur to me that the liver is overloaded.
    I think I’d benefit from a detox but currently breastfeeding. Do you think that is safe to do?
    I am currently very sluggish during the day. But it’s probably because I am up multiple times a night.

    • HI Fen,

      First of: congratulations for your baby! Everybody can benefit from detoxing. However, there’s a right time to do it, and since you’re breastfeeding, I wouldn’t say that now is your right time: when you detox, all the waste will try to get out of your body: that includes:

      -From your skin, through sweating

      -From your lungs, through breathing

      -From your lymphatic system, through moving

      -From your gut, through you bowel movements)

      -From your kidneys, through your urine

      But another and often forgotten pathway for exit the body is from your breast, through breast milk. That’s why detoxing is contraindicated if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Once your child is weaned off, you could reconsider doing a detox.

      Hope that helped!

      Stay blessed Fen!

  • Didi,

    Looks like you love your blog and what you do here.

    Lots of juice in here 🙂

    Are you a conventional nurse?
    If yes, then it must be pretty challenging to talk with patients about natural health-maintaining practices.

    It’s a flu time now and the conventional medical community recommends flu shots to prevent it. I live in Canada and here flu shots can even be administered in grocery stores, for no charge!
    It’s not a secret that vaccines wreak havoc on immune system.
    Instead, if people were taught how to do detox cleanses and were given the fresh produce to do them, that would have gone a long way in keeping people healthier.. But that’s my fantasies.

    Do you have an authority to advise patients to do a detox clean instead of a shot?

    • Hi Margarita!

      It’s a very interesting question you ask. No, I don’t have the authority to advise patients to do a detox cleanse INSTEAD of a shot, that’s why I don’t. I advocate for detoxing when patients ask me about it, but always recommend them to check with their own doc first. I do realize that inpatients (patients who are hospitalized) who often have multiple co-morbidities are not the same population as women with PCOS, who end up reading articles on my blog =)

      Secondly, I never juxtapose getting a detox vs a flu shot, because these are two completely different prevention methods in two different world: detoxing is not only good to diminish the risk of getting the flu, it’s much more holistic than that, as it can certainly help boost your overall immune system. But to say that it’s better or worse than the flu shot, I would have to look at studies that compare both when it comes to protection against the flu.

      I respect both sides of the parties, and when people/colleague/patients ask me my opinion about detoxing or getting the flu shot, I gladly tell them both objectively and subjectively (my own experience with both) my point-of-view, also taking into account who’s actually asking and their personal health situation.

      I am indeed a conventional nurse, but I’m also a health coach. You can read my article “The Doctor of the Future…” at prosperousandhealth.com/the-doctor-of-the-future, which tells about my story and why I had to leave emergency nursing because I had inner struggles with the way things were handled.

      Hope this answer helped!

      God bless you 🙂

      • I see,

        I read the article that you provided = I agree with you and Thomas Edison :). The only exception is physical traumas probably, external and internal. So, traumatologists will still be needed. Plus, to some extent, those surgeons taking care of profound physical damage resulting from chronic diseases, but again this can be prevented with food.

        Yes, the food that you see in mainstream hospital cafeterias diminishes trust in conventional medicine to almost zero, without exaggerations.

        • Hi Margarita,

          I wouldn’t say conventional doctors have no place in the industry of healthcare, but rather that they should be open to explore functional medicine and work with patients’ cultural beliefs and way of thinking to find the best methods to control and or reverse chronic illnesses. So we would still have, let’s say internal medicine doctors and gastroenterologists for example, but operating holistically, with a different way of thinking…

          Come back anytime!

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