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The Truth About Detoxing – 5 Biggest Myths Debunked


Thanks to everything we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” so you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements, and short-term deprivation. The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy and supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain, and full-body health. The following are five myths you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a detox. But keep reading! You will find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving. Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox. While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, cleansing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.

The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my detox participants always discover new foods and recipes they absolutely love, and these foods have have become staples in their diets long after the detox ends. Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing. While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, you shouldn't feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run. Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry while following my detox. Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body. Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results. Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements. Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a detox, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources. Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body. Myth #5: Detoxes are a "waste of time and money" No one can deny that the body is an expert at getting rid of toxins no matter what you eat. But have you taken a moment to think about how much of what we eat, drink and do taxes our body? A detox is a short period of time that allows our body to take a ‘break’ and do what it does best. When we simply detox without rebuilding, it is like removing the old oil from your car without replenishing it with new oil. Your body will be running on empty! That’s why it’s imperative to realize that not all detox are the same, and for you to choose a detox that focuses on clean-eating so it can nurture your body and allow it to function at its best. Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, establish healthy habits for the long term and release any stubborn weight you've been carrying around. It is a short period of time to give our body some tender love and care; a short break from stimulants and certain foods that are taxing on the body so it can operate and do what it does best. I’ve worked with detox participants who not only gotten over their food sensitivities figured out but who have also lost weight and kept it off, seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up, and even had their allergies disappear.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy detoxing for yourself? Checkout my program starting on March 19, 2018


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Boston, MA                                                                                                              farah@wellnesswithinyourreach.com