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What to know when you do a DETOX or CLEANSE.

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I have observed quite a number of detoxes and cleanses every where I go. They are at the drug store, the grocery store, the chiropractor, compounding pharmacy and then there are lots of companies who offer some great detoxes and cleanses. If you have not done a detox or cleanse, or even if you have and have plans to do others, there are questions you should ask.

The first question to ask is what the detox is for? Are you trying to clean out the sludge in your colon? Are you wanting to clean out your liver (filter)? Do you want to get rid of all the metals in your body? Exactly what is it that you are trying to get rid of? Once that is determined, consider the 2 common types: herbal supplement or shakes/drinks. Herbals are gentle and if you have never done one before, consider doing an herbal cleanse. Choose one that lasts for a short period of time. My first cleanse was an herbal detox that was to clear out my colon (after my mom had a tumor removed from her colon). It was only a 7 day detox and I had to cut back on sugar, caffeine and no red meat. Other than that I could eat like I normally do. It was recommended by my compounding pharmacist and it turned out to be a great start. It was by a company called Doctors for Nutrition.

Timing is important as well. If you know you have a big wedding to go to or a family event that will serve things you know you will eat or drink, wait until the occasion is over. There's no point in starting it when your temptations will be right in front of you.

Once you choose one and find a time to start, be sure that you are regular. Eat enough fiber to have at least 2 bowel movements a day. A cleanse will clear out the toxins in your body, if you flush them out and they sit in your colon, your body will re-absorb them. It would be a waste of time and money to do that. Eat plenty of fiber and fresh raw fruits and vegetables: the primitive diet. Drink plenty of water to help flush everything through.

When you have completed your detox, do what you can to avoid being contaminated by toxins again. Sugar and sweets as well as meat and dairy should be minimal, if at all.

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