What Is the Detox Diet?

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 12:21 PM

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In our day-to-day life, we are exposed to various toxins through our diet. Although the body expels most of them out, some waste materials that get clogged to the walls of the colon require vigorous scrubbing.
 
Making the body free from various toxins is called detoxification, which is achieved mainly through a detox diet and colon cleansing. A detox diet emphasizes the intake of specific foods (organic fruits and vegetables), cutting down on fats, carbohydrates, and junk foods, and taking herbal supplements.
 
Eating a fiber-rich diet facilitates smooth and easy bowel emptying, and prevents constipation. Constipation is the result of improper functioning of the colon and may lead to fecal impaction and toxin accumulation in the body.
 
The body breaks down stored fats and liberates toxins only when your meals are free from junk foods. A liquid detox diet (juice fasting) is a widely practiced technique to detoxify the body. Most people do a liquid detox diet for three, five, or seven days, while others continue it for weeks to months. Spinach, tomato, orange, beet, carrot, and apple juice are commonly-used in a liquid detox diet. The liquid detox diet purges the body of free radicals; it not only aids colon cleansing but also improves digestion.
 
A detox diet is meant for improving energy levels, making the skin more lustrous, improving digestion, and carrying out mental function. Existing detox recipes not only give nourishment to the body, but also provide necessary antioxidants to fight disease-causing free radicals. Gazpacho soup, ginger healing tea, fruit drinks (apple, carrot, or peach juice), and olive oil are common detox foods.
 
One can also detoxify the body by following a vegan diet. A vegan diet is different from a vegetarian diet in that it is free from any animal by-products, even milk, cheese, or curd. When on a vegan diet, the person consumes only fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, juice, and plenty of water. Vegans keep away from anything processed and artificial additives. The person who follows a vegan diet needs less energy for the breakdown of foods. Thus, the spare energy is utilized for other purposes like correcting damaged cells, building new tissues, and eliminating toxins. One should drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily when eating a vegan diet to prevent constipation.
 
After the detox dieting is over, one can resume a healthy diet marked by good eating habits.

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