Getting and staying healthy these days is not as easy as it used to be – or it’s easier than it ever was. That is, depending on who you talk to. The latter is currently a more persuasive way of looking at things, given how many more options people have these days for getting in shape and staying that way. Between how much better medical science has helped us understand human physiology and how well the internet helps us spread that knowledge around and share it with everyone who needs it, people know more these days about what choices are available to them. Sometimes too much, to the point it can get quite confusing for someone who’s new to the scene.
For instance, people can get quite turned around when trying to understand a comparatively novel type of workout, like Crossfit. How does it compare to traditional gym work? What are the benefits and demands, and how different is it really? Then there’s the many superfoods that have emerged as we’ve come to better understand what different spices and such really have to offer. Or even the many types of fitness attire and accessories that supposedly improve one’s workout. One point of confusion that people currently seem to have, however, is being able to see the difference between a cleanse and detox, two highly-recommended processes that at least on the surface seem to have quite a bit of overlap.
The popularity of these methods generally stems from the realization that a body loaded with toxins can be more susceptible to pain and disease. We tend to absorb toxins one way or another, depending on what we’re exposed to – unhealthy environments, or even our food. Toxicity can make its presence felt in many ways, which tend to signal that it‘s time to consider detoxifying or cleansing. Body toxicity is a possible culprit behind fatigue, joint pain, food sensitivities, high blood pressure, muscle fatigue, headaches, mood swings, and anxiety. You may consider a detox or cleanse in order to purge your systems of the many possible there – check with your physician and there may be a plan she can recommend for you.
Detoxing involves making a change in your lifestyle and diet in order to detoxify (as the name suggests) your system. This is where there is a lot of overlap with a cleanse. Detox seeks to purge impurities and toxins from your entire body; this includes chemicals, cigarette residue, and even environmental elements. Overall, detoxing seeks to strengthen the body’s detoxification systems, mainly in the liver which is one of the more potent cleansing and purifying engines of the body. As noted, a lifestyle change is central to detox. You may also consider therapeutic sweating in saunas, as well as taking herbal supplements to keep your body topped up with healthy nutrients.
A cleanse seeks to mainly clear and clean out the digestive tract. This can be a bit more complex than you’d ordinarily think, as there might be plenty of toxins, fungi, fecal matter and even parasites present in the digestive tract. These, of course, need to be removed as well.When undertaking a cleanse, you should avoid certain types of food. This includes processed foods, refined sugar, alcohol, eggs, gluten, dairy, soy and corn.
Not exactly, although your diet will certainly change quite a bit. Some people undergoing detoxes and cleanses may mention eliminating food from their lives entirely, or subsisting on a liquid diet, but this isn’t how it’s done. As a matter of fact, doctors tend to advise against the liquid diet idea because it’s almost sure to cause headaches, vitamin deficiencies and fatigue, not to mention irritability.
Instead, focus on these:
Detox and cleanse programs tend to highlight particular program benefits that generally involve improving body functionality one way or the other.
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