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Detoxing: Yay or Nay?

Detoxing is what your body naturally does to rid itself of unwanted and unnecessary substances, but many people swear by the powers of a cleanse. Since detoxing or cleansing is abstaining from or ridding the body of toxic/unhealthy substances, it can mean something different for everyone. For some people, detoxing includes removing alcohol or sugar from their diets. For others, it means tackling the heavy metals that may be lurking within their cellular walls.

Should you detox? Or is cleansing a bunch of baloney?

All in Favor

As we age, our organs may not be functioning as well as they used to. Although many people confuse detoxing with fasting, the two are very different. Though certain types of fasting can be considered detoxifying, the key component of any detox is that it supports the organs of elimination to help them do their jobs as efficiently as possible. This could mean adding supplements, omitting certain foods or practices that place undue stress on the body, or practicing procedures like dry brushing or massage.

Those Opposed

For every person who supports the concept of the detox, there’s someone who is a skeptic. Detoxing is a primary function of the body, so many detox skeptics argue that your body already knows what to do when it comes to ridding itself of the harmful stuff — and that it doesn’t need help.

“Detox” is also a buzzword, so don’t be fooled by marketing campaigns or fancy labels. Not every product that touts detoxifying benefits will actually deliver, so do your research and approach detox products or regimens with caution.

Jury Says

The beauty of a detox is that it can be tailored to fit the individual — many holistic practitioners, doctors, and nutritionists do support detoxes of some kind. Take your lifestyle into account: in addition to your diet, what factors might be placing undue stress on your system? Do you take multiple medications or were you on birth control at any point? Do you live in a city where the air quality isn’t so great? Have an on-again-off-again fling with smoking or enjoy a few drinks a week? Whether it’s taking something out or adding something in, we love the idea of talking to your health care practitioner to find what might make you feel even better than you already do.

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