Unwanted substances inside the body can make you feel sluggish and sluggish. Diets, regimens and detoxification supplements are supposed to rid the body of toxins acquired from food, lifestyle or the environment. Advocates also say that detoxification, or cleansing, can improve your health and promote weight loss. But what does research say about detox and cleanse? And are these methods and supplements safe? UH doctor and toxicologist Ryan Marino, MD, offers a science-based perspective.
Some people may feel good while their body flushes out harmful toxins. However, other people may feel tired, irritable, and have headaches as a result of this purge. Some people report feeling more focused and energized during and after detox diets. If you are planning to detoxify your body, it may make you feel depressed, as your body is flushing out toxins.
This feeling you're experiencing is perfectly normal and it's not a sign that you're getting sick. Experiencing these symptoms is a good sign. It means that the program is working and that the body is working to establish a new level of well-being. Instead of feeling tired, some people may end up feeling restless or “charlatan” energy during a detox.
Your body does a good job of cleaning on its own. A cleanse or fast can help you lose weight, but it's hard to maintain it over time. There is a lack of regulation and control in the detoxification industry, and many detox foods and supplements may not have any scientific basis. There are times when you might think about getting sick, but it's important to continue detoxification and not take any medications to help with withdrawal symptoms.
If you're struggling to find healthy detox recipes that aren't just salads or weird things that cost a fortune, check out my Detox Plan. You may only be on a detox diet for a week or two, but the right detox plan can have long-lasting effects.