Having symptoms really depends on how your body eliminates the toxins. If your body eliminates toxins via the skin, then you may temporarily get some acne breakouts or mild rashes. These symptoms are typically not an allergic reaction to the fruits/vegetables, but actually a reaction caused by using healthy to force out unhealthy. These symptoms typically only last the first couple days of the detox, so don’t worry.
While we don’t like to advocate cleansing as a weight loss tool, many find that this is a side effect of cleansing. If weight loss is your goal, cleansing can be a great way to lose the first few pounds, but more importantly, is a great way to reset your mindset and put a change to your eating habits while setting you on a path to better overall wellness!
Sweating is a good thing! My detox routine (remember, lifestyle) includes drinking six to eight glasses of water per day, every day, and at least three activities per week that involve sweating. This includes any form of vigorous exercise, supplemented with sauna if you have access to one. While doing my sauna experiment I discovered that we actually sweat out toxic plastics! And even more interesting, certain chemicals come out of our sweat more readily than our urine, the other main water-based detox system we have. So of all the detox systems I researched I was most impressed by the importance of our internal water cycle and the simple idea of drinking lots of water and sweating. What’s more, sweating in a sauna does wonders for your skin. I literally had colleagues I barely knew commenting on my skin while I was in the middle of my intense sauna experiment (where admittedly I overdid it to the point of passing out).
If you don’t have spinach on hand, try swapping it out with kale. No parsley? Try mint instead. This recipe is a great way to use up whatever fruits and vegetables you have on hand. For maximum nutrition, I blend the fruit whole with the skin on so that I get all of the fiber and other nutrients in the skin. Additionally, unlike juicing, smoothies keep you fuller longer because it takes your body longer to digest.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission have taken action against several companies selling detox/cleansing products because they contained illegal, potentially harmful ingredients; were marketed using false claims that they could treat serious diseases; or (in the case of medical devices used for colon cleansing) were marketed for unapproved uses.
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If you are considering a detox, think of it this way. If you eat a diet full of McDonalds, Diet Coke, and Cheetos, you are not feeding your body the nutrients it needs to properly function. If you detox for a week or a month, regardless of the method you use, you will feel better because you aren’t putting junk and toxins into your body. But then most people go right back into their old eating habits and they start feeling like crap again and claim the detox didn’t work. We’ll touch more on this throughout the article, but I definitely want you to keep this concept in mind as you are reading.
We're finding that way too many people are replacing multiple meals with just 1 glass of juice, and "feeling light-headed for some reason". Being healthy and losing weight doesn't mean eating less, it means eating right. Anyone can lose weight by starving themselves. Don't do this, no one said to do this. Alright, maybe fad diets say to do this, but they're terrible and that's why they're fad diets.
Hi Tara! Great question! A thorough wash and soak with plain, filtered water is always best. But yes, for extra precaution you can wash and soak produce in a 1:3 vinegar to water solution, to get rid of pesticides, residues and other nasties. For store bought and packaged organic greens (which are usually double and triple washed), there’s no need to wash again. Just toss them in your blender and enjoy! x