There seem to be more awareness on detox methods than ever those days. Sales of detox potions tripled worldwide last year, generating more than 25 millions. It shows a growing interest in fasting and detox, but it also brings many misleading marketing and product use. While fasting can be a very effective way to naturally cleanse the body, it’s not something appropriate for everyone.
Fasting should give a rest to your body so it can use its energy to heal itself. Even if it brings us vital energy, eating and digesting all this food also consume a great deal of energy. While our body digest, the energy used for digestion is not used to detox, and cleanse at a cellular level. And this is especially true if we feed our body the way most North Americans do. When we fast, we let our body the time necessary to catch-up with the accumulated work of waste processing. However, fasting is serious stuff and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Fasting the wrong way can be as harmful as having an unhealthy lifestyle. But when done properly, it can have many benefits.
You should always consider what is your starting point. You might be tempted to think that unhealthier is your lifestyle, greater and deeper should be your detox. But it’s not really working like that. If you never made any exercise, would you start with the same exercise program than a professional athlete would? Of course not! This is the same thing with fasting. For people just beginning into fasting, the best way is to start by incorporating short periods of supported fasts, never longer than half a day to begin with.
Please remember than fasting is not a quick fix. Any fasting or cleansing method that offers a very quick way to eliminate waste can do more harm than good. Some of the most popular cleanse offered on the Internet, such as the famous Master Cleanse, can be very harsh on your body. Those detox fasts don’t supply your body with the necessary nutrients and enzymes to help your cells rebuild during the fast. Also, returning to your old bad habits after a detox program won’t deliver real results. To make a true change in your health, you must be able to make a sustainable change in your lifestyle.
Have you ever considered a detox fast? Would you like to know more about safe fasting methods? What’s your own experience with this?