Latest Studies Show that the Cult of Cleanse Might Be Over
In our organic-obsessed and healthy lifestyle era, many of us got carried away by the idea of doing body detox or cleansing utilizing all kinds of fancy diets. But is cleansing really a good thing for your body and mind?
As a matter of fact, in the past decade cleansing has become our national dietary obsession. Americans seem to be obsessed with purifying themselves with pills, organic teas, juices and other products. Since 2003 the number of drink and food products dramatically increased - it's quadrupled!
We start seeing juice bars, organic stores, frozen yogurt bars, vitamin shoppes on every corner. Even celebrities who try to stay slim and good looking at any age start following and advertising various fashionable diets and body cleanses. The idea of doing body detox from time to time sounds incredibly appealing to a lot of people, since we all have a sense that our environment is toxic and polluted.
Most cleanses typically run from 3 to 5 days and they are liquid fasts like pressed vegetables, Master Cleanse's mix, juices etc. Or you can choose solid food diets like dieting without gluten, sugar or dairy for 3-4 weeks.
It's really difficult to verify that toxins got eliminated after doing body detox. The only visible result one can see is a weight loss.However, is heavy body detox really a safe thing? According to American Dietetic association, cleanses won't improve your health since the body already detoxifies itself through liver and kidneys. If we try to accelerate the process it can become potentially harmful for our health.
In fact, using some of these cleanses can give you flu-like symptoms, cause muscle atrophy, as well as depleting your body of nutrients. Some people might like the idea of giving themselves a break from food, but low calorie cleanses can leave users feeling absent-minded and light-headed.
This cleansing boom has attracted a lot of fanatics, but if you are really into health and fitness, do a little research and do everything in moderation. Practice healthy eating habits, stress management and stay fit to enjoy your life in full.