Based on all the negative press in mainstream media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” do you immediately think of short-term deprivation, expensive supplements, and liquid diets?
The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy way, you can achieve lasting results in increased energy, weight loss, optimal health.
Keep reading to learn the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving.
The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing. At one point they even made me hesitant to try a detox.
Myth # 1: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back very quickly as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #2: You won’t enjoy the foods your get to eat while on a detox.
While for a short period of time you’ll want to eliminate certain foods that you currently enjoy, detoxing isn’t all about eating a bunch of carrots and lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body at the same time.
The best part is, most of them involve just normal ingredients ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. And they don’t require fancy cooking skills either. In fact, my detox participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love and that become staples in their food plans and lifestyle long after the detox ends.
Myth #3: You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing.
While you might end up eating fewer calories while following a detox, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my detoxes.
Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a detox, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body but all of these are add-ons and not required to participate in a detox.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.
I’ve worked with detox participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their food and seasonal allergies disappear.
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy detoxing for yourself?
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