Choosing the Right Detox Plan

This is the time of year when the doldrums often surface. The excitement of the holiday season is over and those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions might be waning. A great way to get back on track is to boot the toxins from your body with a detox or cleanse.

A detox or cleanse will:

  • Dissolve and eliminate toxins that have formed in any part of the body
  • Cleanse the kidneys and digestive system
  • Purify the glands and cells
  • Eliminate waste and hardened material in joints and muscles
  • Relieve pressure and irritation in nerves, arteries and blood vessels

These diets fall into two general categories; ones that allow you to eat and ones that don’t!

A typical seven day cleansing diet that includes food will often cut out all meat, fish, dairy products, processed foods and simple carbohydrates. Raw, organic fruits and vegetables and whole unprocessed foods like grains and nuts will make up most of the diet along with freshly squeezed juices. Numerous cleansing diets can be found online so you can look for the one that will work best for you.

For the diet that doesn’t include food -one of the most popular detox diets is the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse. The program was written by the late Stanley Burroughs in 1940 and was entitled “The Master Cleanser”. Today’s version was published in 1976 and is a small booklet that outlines the diet.

Master Cleanse is not for everyone because of the lack of food. Daily “food” consumption is 60 ounces of water, 12 tablespoons each of maple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper along with a laxative tea and a salt water flush.

It should be considered strictly a cleansing plan. While weight loss occurs, the majority is water and at least half of the weight returns after weaning off the plan.

If you are interested in a detox or cleanse program, contact us and we will be happy to guide you in choosing a program that is right for you.

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