Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Selecting A Well-Working Detox Diet

By Chris Marex

Tips for choosing a good detox diet can benefit a person who's finally made the choice to attempt to clean his or her body of accumulated potentially-harmful toxins and impurities. The name given to the procedure which has as its aim the excision of all these toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and other substances from the body is "detox," or more formally; detoxification.

Sometimes, people have misconceptions about these kinds of diets. Some assume, in fact, that the only thing needed when it comes to gaining or regaining the feeling of vigor they once had is just a matter of an occasional detox. This isn't exactly the case, though certainly there'll be a partial recovery in most instances. This also sells the possible benefits from detoxification a little short, but something is better than nothing, most people would say.

But really, an occasional detox diet is only a semi-serious recovery program. Rather, in order to gain ultimate benefit from the process, it needs to be regular, structured, intelligent and comprehensive. It also should be combined with food and other lifestyle changes, though long term changes in these areas can be a bit more difficult to sustain. However, when done in such a manner, the potential benefits tend to be much greater in the long run.

So, what sorts of components (foods, juices, combinations of both) should go into an effective detox diet? Generally the best of them have two phases which help to bring about complete if temporary - when permanent substitution of good foods isn't done - changes in the body's make-up, or the manner in which it regulates itself.

The first phase is sometimes called a "flush." It can be a way for hitting the body hard, in terms of introducing a blend of natural juice combinations which have other foods - like Cayenne pepper and maple syrup, for example -- in them into the body. All of these juices are drunk down, though there are other ways of introducing flushing agents into the body, depending upon what area or system of the body is being addressed (colonics, for instance).

Some of these flushes and the juices they use are designed specifically for certain components of the body. A common component of the body that's detoxified is the bloodstream. Detox adherents refer to the actions surrounding this particular component as a "blood cleanse." Most enthusiasts believe this cleanse helps the body excise harmful toxins deposited in the blood from meals taken in the recent past.

Most blood cleansings are not comprehensive detoxification, though. They do nothing to help remove heavy metals like mercury which can end up in the tissues and organs of the body. For this, what's called a "chelating" diet is undertaken, which is a second phase. People who undergo chelating, though, should understand that they may initially feel a little worse than they did prior to beginning it. This is because the chemicals drawn from the tissues must still be processed through the kidneys and liver before they're excreted naturally.

Going with a good detox diet can be a way to restore lost energy and vigor. It can help to negate the effects of bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle, which has caused a host of toxins and chemicals to accumulate in the body over the years. But in order to gain the most benefit, always make sure a change to a healthy diet is in the works, along with lifestyle modification like quitting cigarettes, for example.

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