Is the Detox, Cleanse, or Fast right for you?

Is the Detox, Cleanse, or Fast right for you?

It is inevitable that the December and January timeframes of each year bring a host of articles on how to get a “new you” by following some sort of detoxification, cleansing, or fasting nutritional program.  After all, you’ve likely eaten foods over the holiday season that weren’t in your usual routine, attended several social gatherings with tempting foods, and had neighbors or work associates who delivered to you the gift box of baked goods. Your system got polluted and now it’s in need of a cleanse, right? Or perhaps you are having troubles with your weight loss efforts and want to speed up the process? The lure and appeal of a simple nutritional supplement or program to clean out the system and drop quick body weight is sure to get your attention.  The marketing of these supplements convinces you this is the best thing you can do for your body and that it is completely safe. But does it work and is it really safe?  Here are some viewpoints for you to consider if you are thinking of doing some sort of detox or fasting program either now or in the future. Unless you live in a highly polluted and environmentally dangerous area or you are eating certain types (and large amounts) of seafood that contain high amounts of mercury, your body is not storing high levels of any toxins or metals. Remember, your body’s organs are continuously at work to filter and excrete what it does not need and always on the clock to keep your body in homeostasis (think “stable”).  Thank you, kidneys and liver! The detox...