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Everything You Need to Know About Detoxing

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Everything You Need to Know About Detoxing
The scene: You're not feeling so great after last night's five-course work dinner situation including-not one, but three-desserts. As you lay on the couch binge-watching Game of Thrones (spoiler: it's not worth it) reevaluating everything about your on-again, off-again relationships with whisky on the rocks: maybe I should do a detox.

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Detoxing to recover your health

The toxicity in our body appears in different ways, ranging from a slow metabolism or craving for sweets or different substances to a lack of sleep and even depression. Most people have found detoxing as a way out of all these symptoms. A natural way to heal the system, reset it, and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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Caffeine

Caffeine
  • It is bad if you feel your system doesn't work properly without it: lack of concentration, tiredness, bad temper, headache.
  • Why should you keep it: Drinking 3 - 4 cups of black coffee a day provides the most health benefits overall, including a lower risk of several specific cancers and neurological, liver, and metabolic conditions.
  • If you’re nixing caffeine: Going cold turkey can lead to significant withdrawal symptoms like low energy, fatigue, lack of concentration, therefore a gradual reduction is suggested.

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Sugar

Sugar
  • How bad is sugar? Sugar creates hormonal insulin swings and causing inflammation. People with a diet overloaded with sugar have poor cholesterol and are at risk of high blood pressure and other chronic conditions.
  • Can it be good? Sugar is a carb, and carbs are your body’s main energy source. That means the good kinds of sugar can be healthy.
  • If you’re cutting out sugar, remember this: You’re likely eliminating a lot of carbs, too. That can be pretty taxing on the body. Consume extra electrolytes, plenty of fluids, lots of proteins, bone broth, and soups to help with the transition.

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Alcohol

Alcohol
  • When is it good: Research shows that light-to-moderate drinking can be good for the circulatory system, and could even protect against type 2 diabetes and gallstones.
  • When is it bad: Too much alcohol has been linked with several different cancers, and can also impact the absorption of nutrients in the body and contribute to weight gain.
  • Keep in mind: Alcohol leaves your body completely in 24-48 hours.

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Slashing certain macronutrients

Carbs, protein, and fat are the trifecta of perfection for keeping your body healthy.

  • Carbs offer both physical and mental fuel
  • Protein helps keep you full and is the building block of muscle
  • Fat is satiating and often has skin-improving antioxidants.

When you eliminate these important nutrients, you may see slowed metabolism from drastically decreasing calories, dry skin, decreased energy, and crankiness.

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Coffee in moderation

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The way coffee is prepared matters

  • Roasting reduces the number of chlorogenic acids, but other antioxidant compounds are formed.
  • Instant coffee may not have the same health benefits.
  • The oil in boiled coffee has cafestol and kahweol, compounds known to raise LDL, the bad cholesterol, and slightly lower HDL, the good cholesterol. However, the clinical significance of such small increases in cholesterol may be questionable.

Coffee and caffeine

  • A typical 12-ounce serving of drip coffee has 200 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Instant coffee has 140 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Espresso has the highest concentration of caffeine, 70 milligrams per one-ounce shot, but is consumed in smaller quantities.
  • Brewed decaf has caffeine too - about 8 milligrams.
  • Some people have a genetic variant that slows their metabolism for caffeine and keeps them awake deep into the night.

Detox and Its Limitations

Detox and Its Limitations

Detox diets are generally short-term dietary interventions designed to eliminate toxins from your body.

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Most Common Ways to Detox

  • Fasting for 1–3 days.
  • Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
  • Drinking only specific liquids, such as salted water or lemon juice.
  • Eliminating foods high in heavy metals, contaminants, and allergens.
  • Taking supplements or herbs.
  • Avoiding all allergenic foods, then slowly reintroducing them.
  • Using laxatives, colon cleanses, or enemas.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Completely eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, and refined sugar.

The Lack Of Evidence For Detox Diets Success

Detox diets rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove. The mechanisms by which they work are also unclear.

There is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins from your body. However, your body can clear itself of most toxins through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat.