When many people hear about cleansing diets, they automatically picture a stick-thin celebrity in conjunction with an extreme colon cleansing diet or something similar. Celebrity diets often use hype and focus on short term results that are impossible to maintain over a period of time.
Harsh diets like colon cleansing can even be harmful and often have negative side effects like cramps, nausea, bloating and vomiting or even produce more serious risks such as dehydration and bowel perforation or infection. Fasting programs such as the Master Cleanse, also known as The Lemonade Diet, can also have a dark side.
Extreme Diets Are Not the Answer
The Master Cleanse diet (and other starvation diets) are lacking in all of the essential nutrients your body needs in order to perform daily activities. Exercise is not part of its prescription because physical activity would be nearly impossible on such a diet. In addition, a long period of fasting can ultimately slow your body’s metabolism and lead you to gain more weight in the future.
Choose Gentle Whole Body Cleansing Diets Instead
On the other hand, a gentle whole body cleansing diet is not harmful and can, in fact, improve your health. A whole body cleansing diet generally doesn’t contain any laxatives or diuretics. Instead, they nourish the body by providing it with the essential nutrients it needs to return to its natural balance. And uses herbs and other nutrients to support the body’s natural detoxification process and help it eliminate harmful toxins and impurities.
It is important to ensure you are giving your body enough fiber (this is one of the problems with juice only detoxing) as well as providing support to help your body eliminate waste more efficiently. Studies have shown that a high amount of dietary fiber can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and diverticular disease.
When choosing a body cleansing diet, it’s important to stay away from those that eliminate entire few groups even for a short period of time. Diets that contain herbs and other supplements can have severe diuretic effects, and can even cause liver damage.
We all need to cleanse
We’re all exposed to hundreds of toxins every day; there is no avoiding it. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Toxins are everywhere. A gentle cleansing diet can rid the body of these impurities and help us to maintain good health. The right diet will do this through providing the body with the nutrition it needs to naturally cleanse itself.
Remember, extreme diets could lead to:
- Quick weight loss that often leads to weight gain in the near future
- Decreased energy levels
- Irritability and increased anxiety
- A dull your complexion
- Potential health risks and even serious complications
A gentle whole body cleansing diet can lead to:
- Improved overall health
- Increased vitality
- More energy to get through that busy day
- Fewer illnesses like the common cold
- A healthy body weight that is easily maintained
- A clearer complexion and even a younger look
- Increased focus which can improve your job performance
- Increased athletic performance
If you’ve made the smart decision to improve your health or to get in shape, make an even smarter decision by choosing a safe, natural and gentle, whole body cleansing diets over the latest extreme fad diet.
This post was written by Stuart Wooster, natural health expert