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What is Detoxification? Why do we need to Detoxify?
- Are you the one, who has the tendency to overindulge during festivals, weddings, or any kind of parties?
- Have you been eating a lot of junk food recently?
- Have you been feeling bloated, sluggish, lethargic, heavier, or sleep deprived?
- Do you suffer from frequent mild headaches or skin problems?
- Do you have problems in losing weight?
Then, this article is just right for you. Listen to your body. Your body seems to be telling you,-----
'Give me a break!!!’
Sometimes, or the other, we all tend to overeat, or eat the wrong kind of food. Normally, the food which we love to eat, can and does lead us to the above mentioned symptoms.
What is Detoxification?
According to Wikipedia, ‘Detoxification is physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances, from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.’
- Detoxification is a cleaning up process, which works towards eliminating toxic materials from our body. Our body has its own natural cleaning up system.
- Detoxification is a process, which has been practised since time immemorial, and has special method mentioned in the Ayurveda science.
- It’s all about removing and eliminating toxic materials from the body, and giving the body the much needed rest.
- Detoxification involves the eating of healthy food, of nutritional value to rejuvenate, so that you feel energised, and your immune system becomes stronger.
- It also means removing impurities from the blood, liver, lungs, intestines, skin by means of urinating, sweating etc.
- A Detox diet is a dietary plan, where the follower has to avoid certain foods, and consume certain some specific food items, so that the blood, and the vital organs naturally cleanse themselves, by the natural biological process.
- Our body becomes a storehouse of excessive fat, carbohydrates, the harmful components of processed food, alcohol etc., after overindulgence of food. A detox diet clears up the acid accumulation and inflammation, if any from our body.
- Detox is essential for our body, from time to time.
What is Detoxification, source: YouTube
How to manage your weight by the process of detoxification?
Many ways to detoxify, have been suggested by health experts. However, we must fully understand our individual system, and the limitations, before embarking upon a Detox plan. The best person to advise is the doctor, or an expert nutritionist. Because the process has to be followed slowly, and sensibly, to achieve the maximum benefits.
Eliminate All Toxins
The purpose is to get rid of toxins created by Alcohol, Cigarettes, Coffee, Refined Sugar and Salt etc. Eliminate them altogether, or gradually.
If the mind is stressful, the body will release stressful hormones, which do not in any way, help in achieving good health. These stress hormones lead to adrenal rush, which in turn leads to large amount of toxins, thus slowing down the detoxification process.
One must learn, how to avoid stress, and it can be done so by practising Yoga and Meditation.Yoga not only relaxes the body, it also relaxes the mind. Any physical activity, or work out, for at least 30 minutes to one hour, is helpful in this regard.
How Does The Detox Plan Work
1. The detox plan gives rest to the body, especially the internal organs, and this can be done by means of fasting,
2. Stimulates the liver to drive away the toxins, so that they are eliminated from the system by skin, kidneys, intestines, and also improves the circulation of blood.
The body has an organised cleaning up system, and all this happens naturally.
3. Eating healthy food is important to refuel, re-energize, and rejuvenate.
How to detox your body, Source: YouTube
What are the Different Types of Detox Plans?
Different types of Detox diets have been suggested by health experts. Choose the one which suits you the best.
Some nutritionists suggest a 7 day detox plan, while others suggest 3 to 4 days plan, depending upon individual needs.
Some even suggest 30 days detox plans.
The lemonade diet:
For three whole days, one has to sip lemon juice, or lemon tea.
This leads to removal of processed fats from the system, and even makes you to lose weight. The problem of bloating is also solved by this diet.
All vegetable and fruits diet:
Eating raw and unprocessed food, whole, and fresh fruits, in small portions for a period of 7 days.
Fresh fruit, vegetable juices, and barley water can also be taken.
Choose from watermelon, carrots, cucumber, papaya, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, sprout salad, flax seed, and so on.
The purpose is to include lot of fibre to ease the cleaning up process.
Many people go for a water diet for eliminating toxins from the body. But it’s difficult to sustain the plan.
This is as good as fasting, and should be followed only under medical supervision.
7 Days Effective Detox Plan:
This is an easy detox plan to follow and can be followed for 5 to 7 days. After the plan is over, one should continue to eat sensibly, which means to avoid the wrong foods and eat the right ones.
- On awakening-
One glass of lemon juice, or lemon tea.
One scrambled egg, one small portion of non starchy vegetable, and barley water.
- At mid morning, which is around 11: 00 a.m.
One whole fruit, such as an apple, or an orange.
One piece fish, non shelled type, boiled, or grilled.
For vegetarians one slab home made paneer, or cottage cheese. A bowl of salad made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and a glass of barley water.
- Tea time-
One whole fruit, and green tea, or lemon tea or mint tea.
Same as lunch.
How often detox diet should be followed?
Normally, health experts suggest detox diets should be followed, twice or thrice a year. But it’s wise to consult the doctor, before starting any plan, as individual needs may differ.
There is flexibility in the detox plan, and one can choose alternative food item, if the mentioned food is not available.
These detox plans have been tried, tested, and found to be effective. Many Ayurvedic doctors, or Naturopathy clinics ask their customers to follow these detox plans periodically, in order to maintain sound mind, and body.
Important to include in the detox plan:
- Will power, Self restraint, and lot of Patience,
- 10-12 Glasses of water, Exercise for at least 30 minutes, and Eight hours of sleep as part of your detox plan.
Disclaimer, and a word of Caution:
A detoxification program is generally safe, but should not be followed by ----
and people suffering from any chronic ailments.
In all cases, consulting with your family physician, or nutrition expert is the right, and safe thing to do.
Health is wealth--Take Care!
References for further reading:
- What is Detoxification?
- How often should you Detoxify?
- How often should I Detoxify?
- Detox diets by Web MD
10 Best common detox foods, source: YouTube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan
Do you follow a Detox diet plan occasionally? Please share in the comments section.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 21, 2019:
Thank you Nithya, for your visit and comments.
Glad to know that you liked the article. Yes, you are right about the will power. But, thinking about the benefits of detoxification, we should do it periodically.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful day.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 20, 2019:
Interesting and informative article about detoxification. Detoxification rejuvenates the body and keeps us healthy. I think I will need a lot of will power and restraint to follow a detox diet.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2018:
Thank you Peggy for reading and appreciating the article!
Yes, detoxification is required at regular intervals. I am happy that you found this useful.
Summer fruits are quite appropriate for this.
Appreciate your kind words and continued support! Thank You!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2018:
This is such a good idea. I should do this now when all the fresh summer fruits like watermelon are in abundance. Thanks for the reminder of how good these cleansing diets can be for the body.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2016:
Thank you Ann810, for reading and commenting on this article!
I am glad that you understand the necessity of periodic detoxification for all of us.
It is a good idea to do it at least once a week to remain healthy.
Melons are excellent for this purpose.
Thanks and have a good day!
Ann810 from Sunny Cali on August 08, 2016:
Another informative article. I like that you mentioned that the body has the ability to heal itself, and detoxing is necessary to help clean the body. I notice you mentioned watermelon to assist with detoxing. I aim to detox for one day every week with melons such as: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and watermelon.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2015:
Thank you chandradarsh, for reading, commenting and following!
chandradarsh on December 16, 2015:
Very useful information
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 12, 2015:
Thank you manatita, for your kind visit and comments!
I am glad you liked this hub and will follow sometime. Its the toxins in our body which make us feel tired or fatigued. Therefore it is advisable to detoxify by choosing a detox plan that we find most suitable to us.
Thank you and have a good day!
manatita44 from london on September 11, 2015:
Nice plan, solid advice, good food and cautionary advice. I support that. I like the water idea. Still, I need some more strength. Indeed I'm about to lie down for a while, and it's only 14.46 hrs here in London. Informative Hub. Much Love, Chitrangada.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 11, 2015:
Thank you Patsybell, for such a generous appreciation!
Perhaps its the teacher in me that makes me write this way. My students would often tell me that we don't need to read the book once I had explained them some topic. That's talking too much about myself!! I am sorry.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Have a good day!
Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on September 10, 2015:
I learned a lot from this Hub. You can take a very complicated subject and clarify it for the average reader.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 09, 2015:
Thanks for your kind visit to this article.
Lemonade is 'fresh lemon juice', mixed with water. You may take warm water. Sugar may or may not be added in the juice, according to individual choice. You may also replace the sugar with a teaspoonful of honey.
Therefore one serving will be 1 glass of warm water+ juice of one medium sized lemon+ 1 teaspoon honey.
Hope that helps! In case you need further clarifications, I would be glad to help.
neha on March 08, 2015:
Please explain lemonade diet in detail?
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2014:
Thank you KoraleeP, for your kind visit and positive comments!
I am glad that you liked this hub and found it useful. I often follow the Lemonade detox plan and its very effective.
Thanks and have a good day!
Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on June 30, 2014:
Great Hub. I love all the ideas you have and different detox plans. For some reason I'm really attracted to the Lemonade detox.
I also really like the point you made that our bodies become store houses. Its sounds kind of gross, but true.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and giving us some practical tips we can use right away to become healthier.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:
Thank you sangre, for reading this hub and sharing your views.
It's a good idea to do a detox occasionally. You just have to make up your mind. Three days detox diet will be good to start with.
Thanks for your votes and comments!
Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 18, 2014:
I keep meaning to do a detox, but I never get around to it; It's interesting to read about detoxing as it is not something I know much about. This is a very good hub.
I must get around do doing one eventually even if just a short one. :) Voted up.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2014:
Thank you Denise Handlon, for your kind visit and positive comments!
I am glad you liked this hub and it is useful to you. Thanks again for your vote, support and share!
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:
I'm glad you wrote about this subject. I've been contemplating doing a detox diet recently and these suggestions all make sense, plus they help with the specifics of the diets, such as length of time. Thank you!
I loved all of your food photos-very inviting! UP/U/I and shared.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 07, 2014:
Thank you joedolphin88, for your kind visit and positive comments!
Glad you found this hub useful!
Joe from north miami FL on June 06, 2014:
So very important for the body, you have some great tips here. Truly a wonderful read and something we should all do for ourselves from time to time.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 20, 2014:
Thank you Sanjay Agarwalji, for your kind visit and wonderful comments!
I have no doubts that you are a happy and healthy person, judging by your sensible and thoughtful diet plan and food choices.
This is truly a perfect health guide for each one of us to follow, in order to remain healthy and fit even when we are aging.
Many thanks for your insightful comments!
Sanjay Agarwal on April 19, 2014:
I am 59 years of age/172 cm/59 kgs & have been practicing the above since 2009 coupled with 45 min brisk walk and 15 minutes Abdoer twist daily
Sanjay Agarwal on April 19, 2014:
My Detoxification Diet
1. Arjuna for Muscle Regeneration. My eyesight was 2.75… 2 years ago, now it is 1.75...
contains Co-Enzyme 10 NEEDED BY EVERY CELL IN OUR BODY. Made from Bark of Arjuna tree
2. Lasuna for Chlorestrol GARLIC
3. Shallaki for Joint pains- anti inflammatory/analgesic & lubricant contains Boswella GUM-RESIN
4. Ashwagandha (Plant) for general well being/stress/anti cancer (it is known as Indian Ginseng) & vitality
5. Tagara or Valerian root at bedtime for sleep and nerve tonic.
1-2 capsules daily. After taking any three of the above you don’t need to take Vitamin supplements
I also take fresh cucumber juice (with 12 Basil or Tulsi leaves) for skin/hair + fresh tomato juice everyday...rainbow diet...(again for skin/anti-ageing/anticancer) A tomato has a more complex DNA than a human being.
As per Ayurveda the human being has evolved to follow the sun and your lunch should be 7 course. As the sun is at the highest You must take a fats (oil/butter in moderation) as it is necessary in transportation of vitamins & for transmission of electric current in nerves. Dinner is lentil-Spinach soup + fresh cheese (100 gm twice daily- (noon & dinner) for proteins) at sunset.