Detox. A word commonly used to describe a process that involves ridding the body of toxins. Unfortunately this word is also used as a marketing ploy for companies to appeal to consumers. If the word detox appears on a package most assume it means the product is good for us.
To properly detox your body it takes much longer than just a "3 day cleanse" or a "7 day juice cleanse". The problem with these detoxprograms is that most people go to the extreme of fasting, drinking all these juices, teas and cutting out different food groups only to go back to eating bad foods and drinking alcohol after its finished. This is a classic example of yet another fad diet.
Detoxing your body should be an ongoing process. Sure there will be times where under the guidance of a naturopath or nutritionist you can undergo more of an intense detox with the assistance of proper tonics, herbs and supplements to assist your liver and your body with processing toxins and excreting them efficiently. Let me tell you though these proper detox's are at the very least a 3 month process. Not 3 days. Sure in 3 days a juice cleanse is sure to clear out your system but it is not enough time for your body to even start the process of releasing toxins to be processed.
Think of it this way. If you have never done a proper detox before you have a whole lifetime of toxins storing in your body right now. Unfortunately it doesn't take just 3 days to get rid of. From my own experience with proper detoxes it's a very long process. Process being the key word here, it takes time and depending how much you have put your body through the ringer over the years will depend on how long and hard it will be for you. Have you ever experienced a caffeine detoxbefore? You get that awful headache for a few days. This is an example of some of things you can experience with the detox process.
I've completed 3 month detox's with the assistance from a naturopath which included herbal tonics and herbal supplements to assist my body in the process. The very first one I ever did was a nightmare and made me realise how badly I had treated my body through the years. The detoxwas not a juice detox. I was still eating food just cutting out anything that would require my liver to work overtime. I actually still eat very similarly except for my daily coffee and my weekend treats that are still quite clean mind you.
To allow our bodies to detox properly it is important that we eliminate anything deemed as toxic during this time. If you eat toxic food, drink alcohol, inhale toxic chemicals regularly your body is only detoxing and getting rid of what I would call surface toxins, the ones you are exposing your body to on a daily basis. These surface toxins are generally what your body is finally able to process when you do a week detox. To allow your body to get into a more deeper detoxifying mode and release deeper layers of toxic build up from your body it needs time without any more added. Catching my drift here?
A lot of my new clients find that their bodies naturally start to detox when they start my 12 week transformation due to them eliminating the junk food from their diet and increasing their water intake which allows the liver the time it needs to actually start the detoxifying process. Just think of the process this way. When you have a week's worth of washing (toxins) to catch up on (process and get rid off) but you still have dirty clothes (toxins) being thrown into the pile everyday. Unless you have a couple of days to really get through it all and catch up (cleanse/detox) it will continue to keep piling up as you can only get through the daily load (toxins).
From my own experience I like to continually eat the right things and keep my toxin intake to a minimum with the exception of coffee (sugar, alcohol, junk food, medication) This way I'm continually allowing my body to detoxify without going to the extremes of some juice diet. I also do a stricter detox just after christmas time.
So my opinion is to look at a detox as a lifestyle change not just a thing you do for a week every year that involves some kind of fasting, it's not doing what you think it is. Detox's (not all) can sometimes appear to be just like any other fad diet just using the work detox instead. If you are wanting to seriously do a detox I would suggest seeing a professional to assist in the process. Like I said if you are properly detoxing your body for the first time in your life the process is hard and not the most pleasant but well worth it in the end.