Cleanse vs. Detox – What’s the difference? Let’s explain a little bit about what these buzzwords really mean.
What’s a detox? First of all, know that your body is designed to detox itself. The kidneys and liver support removing harmful toxins from your body already. Environmental toxins can come from the air, the water, and the products you use. There are also toxins in our food. They’re not just carried through the digestive tract, they’re stored in fat cells within your body. However, even though our bodies are already pretty efficient, the less of the “toxic” things we ingest, the less pressure we put on our bodies to remove them; which can result in better health and more energy. Eliminating processed foods, refined flour and sugars is a good first step. Eliminating alcohol, caffeine, meat and dairy takes things a step further.
A cleanse is designed to not only clean out your digestive tract, but fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods. Foods rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber help “get the gunk out” of your digestive system. Adding more fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole-grains provide nutrients to help your body run at optimal levels. Also, drinking the optimal amount of water is crucial in the detoxification process. A rule of thumb is to aim for at least half your body weight in ounces each day.
Supporting your body’s natural detox and cleansing systems is always a good idea. By doing what you can to both eliminate toxins and introduce healthier foods, you may notice the following:
- Weight loss
- Fewer headaches
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep quality
- Fewer mood swings
- Less irritability
- Less bloating