Detox Diet: Feeling The Need To Flush Your System?

Detox is sometimes referred to as ‘cleanses’ that has maintained their popularity for years. Detox is meant for everyone, especially smokers. 

It is very important to change your habits if you wish to change your future. After reading this article,  I hope you will develop the confidence to adopt some healthy habits in your day-to-day life. 

People who smoke have made smoking a necessity of their life, despite knowing the fact that it is harmful. One should experience everything but not at the cost of their health. It is up to you whether you want to accept and support the truth or your ego!!

According to the CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 16 million US citizens are suffering from diseases that occur because of smoking.

Smoking is injurious to health and causes various medical complications, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), erectile dysfunction, lung diseases, cancer, etc. 

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So, without wasting time, let’s just know about detoxification first.

Is Detoxing Safe?

Detoxification is all about habit and needs practice. It includes both adopting healthy habits and eliminating unhealthy ones. All you need to practice is to make your body habitual for eliminating the present toxic components from the blood and feeding your body with healthy essential nutrients.

Even though detox diets are popular but there is very less evidence stating that it is effective in eliminating toxins from the body. Some people have reported that a detox diet helps them focus on energy during and after a detox diet.

However, there is little evidence about a detox diet helps in removing toxins, says Mayo Clinic.

If there is such confusion, why do people feel better after adopting a detox plan? Let’s see.

What Happens When You Detox Your Body?

Before answering, this question let’s clarify the concept of a detox diet. The primary motive of detoxification is not to consume foods like laxatives, diuretics, vitamins, minerals, teas, and other foods, thinking that these food items have detoxing properties.  However, there is no evidence to support the use of these diets in eliminating toxins from the body.

Detoxification is a kind of treatment that is intended to remove poisonous or harmful substances from your body.

Organs that come under the human excretory system need to be focused while detoxifying. It is because these organs are responsible for detoxification. Boosting the function of these organs will help you get detox rather than consuming essential nutrients.

So what exactly detox diet does is enhance the functioning of the human excretory system by enhancing the body’s natural detoxification system, improving overall health.

How Do I Cleanse Myself Naturally?

As said earlier, the detox plan includes the elimination of toxicants by improving the human excretory system. Additionally, you will also need to stop some habits, such as the habit of smoking, alcohol, coffee, some food items(coffee, refined sugar, and saturated fat), and some chemical-based household cleaners. Instead, try using natural alternatives. 

Preventions play a vital role in the process of detoxification. You can’t detoxify yourself completely without putting a full stop to such habits. If you really want to detox, you have to put an end to such things.

Else don’t expect the detox plan to be effective. This is the primary step towards detoxification.

Here are some habits that will help you in detoxifying yourself, such as:-

Eat less sugar and processed foods: In the process of detoxification, try avoiding food items that enhance obesity, such as sugar and high processed fat. It can also lead to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The reason behind it is these diseases will hamper your body by preventing your body from detoxifying itself. Consumption of too much sugar can also make your liver fatty causing it to function improperly and may result in diabetes. 

Consume Foods Rich In Antioxidants: The body has an inbuilt function of producing free radicals for the process of digestion. When a person smokes, drinks alcohol has a poor diet, and exposure to pollutants, the amount of production of free radicals increases.

The excessive amount of production of such free radicals causes damage to the body, and it is the antioxidants that protect your body from these free radicals. The body of a person having such a habit will be producing ample free radicals that can damage your body. Therefore, antioxidants are required in order to fight against them, preventing the body from getting damaged.

Antioxidants mean vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These can be easily found in berries, fruits, nuts, cocoa, vegetables, spices, and green tea.

Add Prebiotics To Your Diet: Gut bacteria are microorganisms that reside in human digestive tracts. It is also known as human gastrointestinal microbiota which feeds on a group of nutrients called probiotics. These gut bacterias provide pathogen protection, nutrition, host metabolism, and immune modulation. Prebiotics are an essential nutrient for good bacteria like gut microorganisms.

The degraded products of prebiotics, such as short-chain fatty acids present in the blood, also affect gastrointestinal tracts along with other distant organs. It may appear as a minor process but it is very effective and therefore a part of the detoxification process.

Use Less Salt: Intake of too much salt will cause your body to retain excess fluid, especially in people with kidney or liver diseases. This excess fluid can result in bloating, causing difficulty in the process of excretion. And excretion is essential in order to detoxify your body. Therefore, it is important to limit the amount of salt intake in your diet.

Now the remaining excess fluid can only be eliminated with water. Therefore, in order to remove excess salt and fluid, increase the intake of water. Doing so reduces the secretion of antidiuretic hormone and increases urination, eliminating water along with excess fluid and salt.

Be Active: Being active means physical exercise helps you live longer and prevents you from complications, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and reduces inflammation in the key points. It also improves the detoxification of blood through a better circulatory system, the immune system making you strong, and as well as excretion. 

It is advised to perform one to two hours of physical workout every day. This will help your body to keep you healthy. It lowers the rate of inflammation and helps in detoxification.

Physical activity, such as yoga, jumping rope, and martial art exercises, can also be beneficial in stimulating digestion and excretion.

Start Your Day With A Lemon: You must have experienced thirst while sleeping or after sleep. Ever thought of why? During sleep, your body takes care of itself by working on various activities, including detoxification, and gets dehydrated. Therefore, you feel thirsty during or after sleep.

In order to overcome this, it is important to hydrate your body with warm water and fresh lemon squeezed in it. After sleep, the first thing you need to do is to hydrate yourself with this simple technique. Lemon juice also helps your liver and digestion to function well, resulting in good digestion and excretion.

Brush your Skin: Try brushing your skin a few days a week before taking a shower with a soft-bristled brush. Doing so will help your skin slough off old cells and debris, unclogging pores and helping the skin to perspire freely. Clear skin stimulates the circulation beneath your skin resulting in better cellular renewal and vitality. Clear skin enhances sweat and helps in eliminating excess salt and fluid.

Quality Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for our health. It not only gives rest but also helps the body’s natural detoxification system to eliminate toxic waste These processes take time to occur, and that time is ‘sleeping’. Therefore, quality sleep is another required parameter for the detoxification process.

High Intake of Water: Like sleep, water also plays an important role to remain healthy. “Water Is Life” after reading this there is no need to explain the importance; it has multiple benefits. Apart from quenching your thirst, water is also responsible for the smooth circulatory system, consequently cardiovascular health, physical performance, improved digestion, and excretion in all forms.

In order to make your body cells work with full potential by breaking the nutrients for the body, sufficient water intake is essential. The optimum amount of water intake is 240 ml or 8 litres. In some cases, it is also advised to drink water even when you are not feeling thirsty.

How Long Should You Detox Your Body?

Well, the time taken to detox depends on person to person. In general, 5-7 days are considered the average time for a detoxification plan. Detox is considered the first phase of recovery from addiction. The plan is designed to assist people during the process of withdrawal. 

Does Detox Make You Poop?

A detox diet includes meals rich in fibre, vegetables, and other essential nutrients that help prevent bowel irregularities or constipation so the risk of diarrhoea decreases. As the detox diet includes foods rich in fibre it will help your stomach to digest foods very easily. Fibres not only help in digestion but also enhances excretion which also helps in eliminating toxins from the body.

How Do You Know If Your Body Has Toxins?

Toxins are harmful substances that are usually present in some foods, water cleaning products, and other environmental sources that we are exposed to. Accumulation of these harmful substances may become poisonous and can potentially lead to damage to vital organs and systems.

Below are some signs and symptoms that may appear because of the presence of toxins. These symptoms will help you know if your body has toxins:-

  • Allergies
  • Skin irritation
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Low-grade infection
  • Compromised resistance to infection
  • Puffy eyes or bags under the eyes
  • Bloating
  • Unable to lose weight
  • Often mentally disturbed
  • Unexplained headache
  • Menstrual problem
  • Lower back pain

How Do You Know If Your Body Is Detoxing?

The signs of detoxing can start to occur quite rapidly just after you start your detox diet. Depending on the type of detox diet, you may experience the detoxing symptoms with different effects or times, such as:-

  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Sleepiness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
  • Body pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Fatigue
  • Leg cramps
  • Cravings
Before taking any prebiotics make sure you consult a nutritionist and ask them about the dosage.

What Are The Side Effects Of Detoxing?

Every human has a different metabolism and consequently has different effects. This is why after undergoing a detox plan, some feel good and focused while some may no feel the same. Here are some side effects that may occur if your body doesn’t feel good on a low-calorie, nutrients-poor diet:-

  •  Low energy
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Lightheaded
  • Nausea

If a person may not feel good after the detox plan, it means their body’s natural detoxification system is well enough to extreme toxins and does not require a detox plan.

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Gina Walters

Gina Walters is the diet and lifestyle writer at She holds a level 6 diploma in natural nutrition and lifestyle and is an ardent preacher of veganism. A fitness enthusiast by heart, Gina’s passion for fitness follows into her personal life too.

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