What is a Detox?
Words like detox are often mentioned alongside diets and healthy eating plans, but what is a detox?
There are many detox products on the market, and the choice can seem daunting. It is important to consult your GP or pharmacist if you are on any regular medication or have a chronic illness. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not undertake a detox programme. A detox programme should not be seen as a magic cure to good health. It should be a integrated to part of a healthier life-style, which includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.
The liver and kidney’s are the main detoxification organs in the body. A good detox programme should look at supporting these organs. There are many detox programmes available but the they should generally incorportate foods that are high in fibre and water. These will increase the elimation of toxins through increased frequency of bowel movements and urination.
One of the main side effects of a detox is a headache. This is usually due to the body releasing the stored toxins and the withdrawal effects from caffeine. Other side effects are diarrhoea, so it is very important to drink plenty of water. These side effects usually only last for the first 2-3 days of a detox. It is advisable to start a detox on the weekend, so as not to cause too much disruption. If these side effects last for more than 5 days, it is recommended that you get advice from a health professional.