As you go about doing your everyday activities, your body also has mechanisms put in place for an elimination of toxins. Whenever you make use of the bathroom, sweat and exhale, your body somehow, is passing out substances which are either useless or harmful.

Organs involved in these processes become overwhelmed sometimes and need a halt. Just like any system that works for 24 hours in a day, the human body at times just requires some “down time.”

What does detox involve?

Fasting is taken as a religious observation in some cultures and religion. Detox can be likened to the fasting theme, intended to cleanse and purify. A detox is always to be observed as a temporary dietary regulation, not a permanent one. Most detoxes last for about one to five days, with a general average of three. Never try a detox as a pregnant or nursing mother.

Nowadays, there are numerous types of detoxes or cleanses, that are prevalent. Part of which are:

1. Juice

This can be taken as the most shared and popular of all types of detox available. “Green” juices that are made from raw cabbage, leafy greens, or kale, are allowed, as well as certain fruit juices.

Some nutritionists have recommended that you should prepare for the juice detox a day or two before by taking only vegetables and raw fruits. It is also advised that you take only vegetables and fresh fruits for another two days and then gradually, you can start to introduce small meals into the diet.

Drinking only maple-syrup with lemon juice as sweetener and the whole mixture added to water (as lemonade diet) for several days is one of the juice-based detoxes that is best known.

2. Fruit and Veggie

This detox diet addresses stresses caused by digestion of milk and meat products and causes relieve in the body. Fruits and vegetables can either be eaten raw or cooked in this detox diet.

3. Water Only

Even though this is a relatively common form of detox, some specialists actively advise against it. Water intake only can upset your electrolyte balance, and it also leads to a too-rapid discharge of toxins into the bloodstream for eradication. If you have chosen to use a water only detox, let it be for just one day. Diets taken for detox are frequently supplemented with fiber supplements and/or herbs as well.

 What are the benefits of doing a detox?

1. Cleansing your body’s organs

Detoxification is useful in cleansing the lymphatic systems and blood, give the main organs which filter the blood (liver and kidneys) a rest, and cleanse the colon of impurities. As the toxin intake is reduced in a detox, the body is given the chance of releasing toxins which have been stored.

2. Removing toxins stored in your fat tissue

Excitingly, several agricultural chemicals, mainly pesticides, are known to be fat-soluble. This makes known their affinity for fatty tissue in the body, and are present in higher concentrations in foods having high fat content. As you detoxify, some of the fat in your body are lost, and as this happens, toxins are releases as well.

3. Improved sense of well-being and physical healing

Detoxifying diets are also taken as a means through which sick people get their health fixed. Ulcers, depression, cancer, and common inflammation have all been set by diets used to detox.