Detoxing has become incredibly popular in recent years even though the practice has actually been around for centuries. With the increase in popularity however, comes a lot of hype and confusion – especially with the media’s portrayal of a detox or ‘cleanse’.
In this blog we look at some common myths surrounding detoxes and uncover the truth.
Myth: Juicing is the same as detoxing
Fact: Cleansing practices like juicing (where you drink a variety of juices alongside a restricted diet) are considered techniques for detoxing, but they are not the only option. There are many different ways you can detox, and it doesn’t necessarily need to involve juicing.
Myth: Your body doesn’t need any help with detoxing
Fact: Our bodies are built to naturally eliminate toxins, however the effects of modern life (including poor dietary choices, pollution and stress) can hinder our body’s ability to detox. This means that sometimes, a little outside help is greatly appreciated.
Myth: You will feel tired and sick throughout your detox
Fact: You may well feel worse to begin with as this is when your body is dredging up toxins to eliminate. After the first few days however, you should feel more energetic, be able to sleep better and generally feel less sluggish. If you do not start to feel better after a couple of days, you should re-assess what you are consuming.
Myth: You will be hungry all the time
Fact: You don’t have to give up solid foods during a detox, in fact this may imbalance your blood sugar levels. A clean diet of mostly vegetables, lean protein, fruit, nuts and seeds will still give your body a break from the ‘offending’ foods like sugar, dairy and caffeine. Curbing hunger is best addressed with sources of healthy fat such as avocado or coconut oil.
Myth: You won’t be able to exercise
Fact: While prolonged, high-intensity exercise is best-avoided, gentle exercise like walking and yoga can actually aid detoxing. The trick is to listen to your body – rest when it needs it, but keep moving to boost energy levels.