Detox versus cleanse - which is better?
Suzette Shaw Reid, Contributor
It is so important to rid our bodies of toxic impurities, especially after holiday periods where we usually eat a little more heavily spiced food than the norm.
A lot of persons use the words detox and cleanse interchangeable; however, they are two different things. Although both processes are vital for our bodies, understanding the distinction will allow an individual to make a more informed decision in dealing with their health status.
It is important to engage in a detox regime because the modern world puts so much stress on our bodies as we are exposed to a large number of toxins on a daily basis, and the natural detoxification mechanisms in place in our bodies cannot keep up the detox demands. Therefore, active detox is a good idea. That is: taking extra measures to ensure that your body is eliminating acid impurities in order to prevent any negative effects of toxin build-up in your body.
Our bodies were created with a natural detox mechanism. We have built-in mechanisms to detox toxins. Detox organs include the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs. Our bodies' digestive, lymphatic and circulatory systems all play a major role in the process of detox.
So at this time of the year, a lot of persons will be experiencing toxin build-up which manifest as: headaches, sinus drainage, fever, coughing, rashes, joint-like pain, flu-like symptoms and sputum, to name a few.
How can we achieve detoxification? We can first start by reducing our intake and production of impurities from sugar, dairy products, meat products, processed products and refined foods.
Green juices are also a great way to assist with detoxing your body. Green juices are power-packed with nutrition. Green vegetables have the ability to transform sunshine into the food that we consume. Green vegetables produce chlorophyll, which oxygenate your body. This enables us to release stored toxins in the body.
So this brings me to the next question: What is a cleanse?
The objective of a cleanse is similar to a detox; however, according to traditional medicine practices, a proper diet alone is not enough to eliminate many of the stored toxins which accumulate in our digestive systems. Therefore we use food, herbs and supplements to clean our organs that are designed to eliminate. It is getting these organs to function at their optimal best.
There are many products on the market that can assist with cleansing our bodies; however, the first step to any effective cleanse is increasing your water intake. It is recommended that to increase your water intake to eight to 12 glasses of water. Drinking a glass first thing in the morning and with every snack or meal throughout the day will help you to achieve this.
You can also eat fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes. Water flushes toxins from your system by helping both the kidneys and the bowel to maintain normal function - eliminating waste.