Detox. One little word with a lot of appeal. Sure, it’s not the easiest of endeavors (goodbye coffee, hello herbal tea), but the promise is huge: Just a week into a detox and you’re likely to experience a boost in energy, clearer skin, less gas and bloating and even less congestion, says Nicole Egenberger, N.D., clinic director of Remède Naturopathics in New York City.
What’s behind this seemingly miraculous transformation? Consider this: Even if you take good care of your body, you’re still bombarded with toxins. They’re in the food you eat, the water you drink and the air you breathe. Your body naturally produces toxins, too. It’s up to your digestive system— especially the hard-working liver, the body’s main detoxifier—to send those toxins packing.
In an ideal world, our bodies would eliminate toxins with ease. However, “as our exposure to toxins increases, our ability to deal with them decreases,” says Egenberger. The solution? Give your weary detoxifying organs a rest (read: go on a detox) so they become more efficient. But before you drastically alter your diet, realize that to detox safely and effectively, you’ll need to prep your body for elimination, eat lots of fresh, whole foods (detoxing doesn’t mean you have to fast!) and learn how to transition back into the “real world” when your detox is finished. “Just going back to your same old habits after you detox is more violent on your body than not detoxing at all,” says Mary Saunders, L.Ac., the founder and director of Boulder Community Acupuncture in Colorado. For some safe, detox tips, read on.
The Doable Detox
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Crazy Sexy Detox
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Mix It Up!
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Ultimate Detox Salad
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