The idea of detoxing for the sake of our health has become very fashionable. Many celebrities have embarked on detoxes on live TV and others have written books on the subject. There is no doubt that a regular detox for your health is to be recommended especially after times of over indulgence, such as Christmas and New Year.
Although this is very commendable, many people believe that their detox for health will undo all the harm they have done and allow them to carry on abusing their bodies as before. But each time they Medical Detox the body will struggle a little more. A detox can be a very unpleasant experience, mainly due to the fact that the body has to get rid of the toxins though the blood stream,and then transferred them to your various organs of elimination.The presence of them can make you feel very ill indeed.
The type of unpleasant symptoms that you may experience during your detox,
o Frequent headaches – often due to dehydration
o Low blood sugar
o Withdrawal symptoms from caffeine or alcohol
o Constipation due to a lack of fluids and fibre
Dehydration can lead to very unpleasant symptoms caused mainly by an imbalance your electrolytes.
It is not a foregone conclusion that a detox for health is in everyone’s best interest and certainly there are many categories of people who either shouldn’t embark on a detox or who should only attempt it with the backing and support of their medical practitioner
So who would not be advised to detox?
o Anybody who has any form of acute illness
o Immediately prior to or post surgery
o Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as detoxification will potentially result in the toxins passing through the unborn or newly born child.
o Anybody with an eating disorder – such as anorexia.
People who should seek medical advice before detoxing are those with:-
o Other chronic illnesses
o On prescription medication
An unsupervised detox for health is essentially for people who are already relatively fit and healthy, but even so, it should not be undertaken lightly. Remember that regular meals are essential to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Suitable snacks such as fruit, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds are ideal to maintain balance and in order to avoid the unpleasant effects of dehydration at least 1.5 to 2 liters of filtered water should be drunk each day.
Janet Matthews is an experienced teacher and health professional who believes in promoting good health through personal responsibility. This responsibility primarily entails being informed. Her articles aim to inform the general public and to lead them to a healthy fulfilling life.