“Detox” is such a buzz word these days–colon cleansing, water irrigation devices … everybody does it! But what is it, and what should we think about it?
According to the cleansing theories, by restricting certain foods and drinking specific beverages, you can detoxify designated body systems. The program lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Some people do report feelings of energy, lightness, better attention and focus. It is quite possible that this is a placebo effect—people believe they are doing something good for themselves. Other people who detox report large amounts of weight loss. This weight loss is primarily water loss and dehydration; it is not permanent weight (fat) loss. The bottom line: there is no medical evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. And although they are not necessarily unsafe, they are far from being nutritious and healthy for the body… and that is my opinion by the way. Just my opinion. It certainly is a terrible way to lose weight. This one is just common sense.
Colon Cleansing uses herbal ingredients, laxatives, enemas, colonics, and/or irrigation devices. Sometimes, these disrupt the normal functioning and balance of the large intestine, resulting in electrolyte imbalances, diarrhea, dehydration and damage to the protective bacteria in the large intestine. If the truth be told, the colon doesn’t need to be cleansed. In fact, the only appropriate use for colon cleansing is in preparation for a medical procedure used to examine the colon. It does need lots of fiber to move things through though.
My bottom line: I strongly believe that a healthy body is designed to take care of toxins on its own.
How do we get these pesky little things called toxins anyway? Most of them reach the bloodstream when we swallow or inhale them; others pass through our skin, and still others are released by dying cells or invading bacteria. We have an amazing system set in place to deal with toxins:
~ The liver is the body’s purification plant. Toxins are filtered and removed from the blood and broken down in the liver before they can do harm.
~Toxins are also broken down by the kidneys and eliminated in the urine. Digestive acids and enzymes neutralize toxins which are then eliminated in the feces.
~Toxins can also be exhaled out of the body.
~The large intestine also contains hundreds of beneficial bacteria which also help to reduce toxin activity and side effects.
As you can see, your body is perfectly designed to protect and cleanse itself.
But that’s only half the story. The other half has everything to do with your daily decisions–and mine!
Rejuvenate Your Body the Healthy Way
Eating fresh produce, drinking water, and exercising regularly will help you feel healthier and more energetic. Meeting your body’s nutritional needs for protein, calcium and other nutrients is just as important. Any “diet” that recommends eliminating certain food groups entirely is risky and nutritionally unbalanced—apart from NONFOODS of course, since they aren’t really food!
Here are great foods to enjoy:
~Fresh fruits and vegetables. These are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, promoting a healthy body.
~Whole grain breads and cereals, quinoa pasta, and brown rice. These “good” carbs meet your body’s energy needs while providing more fiber, protein and vitamins than processed carbs like white bread.
~Lean meats and/or other healthy protein sources including beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. At this point, I am not totally convinced about soy being good –or bad–for us. The research on soy goes all over the place…
~Adequate water and fluid intake. Water transports nutrients and helps rid the body of toxins.
And of course:
~Take part in moderate exercise all or most days of the week.
~Get plenty of sleep every night and take steps to reduce stress and relax.
~Drink in moderation.
Remember, your body is designed to purify itself. When you are healthy—eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly—your liver and kidneys will do the job they’re supposed to do. Do your best and trust that God fitted your body perfectly to you!