To Detox Or Not To Detox

One of the latest health trends is the Detox Cleanse. They claim to detoxify your body by flushing out toxins, while giving you more energy, making you feel less bloated and help regulate bowel movement.

So why the controversy?

Some detox cleanses suggest fasting during the cleanse. Which is basically just another way to starve yourself to lose weight. Starving yourself may “shock” your system into losing weight but it is not the safest or healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off.

It is essentially a crash diet which often leads to quickly regaining the weight and sometimes putting on even more than you lost. Fasting also lowers your metabolism making it difficult to burn calories while starving your body of necessary nutrients.

Some common side effects of using a Detox Cleanse and fasting include irritability, headaches, fatigue and difficulty thinking clearly. There are healthier ways to lose weight (even quickly) without starving.

Eating a well balanced low carb diet that is high in protein, vegetables, fruit and legumes is a much safer way to lose weight and keep it off. Replace whole grains for white bread, pasta & rice. It keeps you feeling full and energized longer than refined carbohydrates.


Exercise is a key factor to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is a healthy and natural way to burn calories, let off steam and relieve stress. Detox cleanses discourage exercise while fasting, making it more difficult to burn calories.

Detox Water drinks are not a cleansing fast. They act as a natural diuretic to prevent bloating and are a great substitute for carbonated and sugary drinks. Well. Now we’re talking. Drinking lots of water is essential for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.

Most Detox Water drinks are just water with fruit. However there are recipes that include vinegar and spices. Adding various fruits, vegetables and herbs to water creates a natural cleanse or diuretic. It also makes the water taste good which promotes drinking more water. The sweetness from the natural fruit also helps stave off the craving for sugary sweet drinks like juice or soda.

Drinking more water not only makes you feel more full, it prevents dehydration which causes headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, light-headedness and constipation.

If you decide to try a Detox Cleanse watch carefully for these symptoms: headaches, fatigue, irritability and digestive problems. If you experience any of these symptoms you might want to rethink the fast and opt for a safer natural cleanse.

As far as an all natural Detox Water, drink away. It is a healthy natural way to stay hydrated, prevent bloating, curb your appetite and reduce the craving for fatty sugary drinks and sweets.

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