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What does a detox diet actually mean? Can I only drink water during a detox? If you have already asked yourself these and similar questions, you will find the answers here. First and foremost, a detox is a detoxification or purification cure. What this entails depends on the chosen variant.
Detox: Purify the body with a detoxification cure
The term “detox” is a shortened form of “detoxification”. A detox diet or detox cure is therefore about ridding the body of toxins. The human body is exposed to a multitude of environmental toxins every day, such as pesticides, harmful food components and pollutants in the air, clothing, water, detergents and care products. Experts in naturopathy and alternative medicine assume that the body can only cope with a limited amount of pollutants on its own. In order to support it, a detox diet is often recommended.
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How long does a detox diet last?
How long you do a detox is up to you. The exact process depends on the detox diet you choose. Some therapists assume that just one day has a positive effect on the detoxification process, others recommend a period of several weeks or even months. It is important to listen to your body’s signals during the process, as a detoxification cure can be a great strain on it. It is not uncommon for symptoms such as headaches and fatigue to appear at first. After completing the detox, you should gradually reintroduce the avoided foods into your diet so as not to overtax your body.
Detox: Should I only drink water?
Detox is a very general term that covers various methods and approaches. What they all have in common is the temporary abstention from certain foods and stimulants – above all alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.
Most detox cures also recommend no or at least limited consumption of sugar, salt and animal products. Some detox variants even allow only water, tea or fruit juices. Apart from a more conscious diet, the detoxification is often to be supported with further measures, for example relaxation exercises, baths and massages, exercise for special purposes, plenty of sleep and a high fluid intake.
How long does a detox diet last
How long you do a detox is up to you. The exact process depends on the detox diet you choose. Some therapists assume that even one single day has a positive effect on the detoxification process, others recommend a period of several weeks or even months.
It is important to listen to your body’s signals during the process, as detoxification can be very stressful for it. It is not uncommon for symptoms such as headaches and fatigue to appear at first. After the detox is over, you should only gradually reintroduce the avoided foods into your diet so as not to overtax your body.
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