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ask: Do body cleansers/detox work?

By Annefleur
 
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I'm wondering if anyone has ever done one of those body detox programs like the Master Cleanse? It's with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper and water. Sounds horrible but apparently it works. You drink only that for at least 10 days to upwards of 30 days. 30 days seems too much to me but this 'cleanse' claims to rid the body of all it's toxins and rid the body of cravings for junk food, sweets and fats.

Anyone tried it or know someone who has? I'm not looking to be skinny but the idea of detoxing my body is appealing. However, this master cleanse seems pretty drastic, at the same time...

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noelle

have gained 15 lbs since Sept. Am 55 and going through Menopause but am taking no pills. My daughter suggested a cleanse. Not sure where to start? Thanks for any advice

December 30, 2009 - 9:07am
Dr. Susan

Liver Cleanses are often a good ritual to do annually or bi-annually. Most traditional MD's say that you never have to detox the liver, that it has the capacity to detox all on it own...and that is partly true. The liver is a remakable organ whose main task is to detoxify, the problem is that when we compare our lifestyles and diets to that of 100 years ago, we comsume many more artifical colors/flavors/preservatives and are exposed to many more environmental factors that people just didn't have to deal with before 1950. The liver hasn't had time to adapt to our changed lifestyle and therefore could use a little cleanse now and then.

So, yes, I think that liver detox if often necessary and can really help all sorts of ailments (headaches, allergies, fatigue, arthritis, pms ect.)

Your best bet is to do a detox with the suppervision of a naturopathic physician, who can actually tailor one for you. Products that contain "detoxification factors" are more beneficial. Although the Master Cleanser does work, it is harder to comply with...you need to do it for at least 7-10 days.

Dr.Susan
http://www.lakeshorewellnesscenter.com

July 17, 2008 - 3:48pm
alysiak

I have done a detox/body cleanse, but only for a maximum of 10 days. I also periodically take a colon cleansing tablet (max 7 days) when I'm feeling particularly sluggish.

Hot lemon water is a regular part of my daily regimen during the Fall-Spring period; it feels too hot to do during summer, so I'll make iced fresh ginger tea, instead. It's energizing. :)

July 16, 2008 - 7:24pm
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