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Detoxification: Colon Cleansing & Detox Diets

  • Synopsis: Last Revised/Updated: 2015-04-19 - Information on body detoxification including detox diets colon cleaning and heavy metal elimination.

Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver. Additionally, it can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance. In medicine, detoxification can be achieved by decontamination of poison ingestion and the use of antidotes as well as techniques such as dialysis and (in a limited number of cases) chelation therapy.

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Detoxification is an alternative medicine approach which proponents claim rid the body of "toxins", accumulated harmful substances that are alleged to exert a negative effect on individual health - usually in the form of dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively, or avoiding specific foods such as fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs or water, through colon cleansing, and heavy metal chelation, the removal of dental fillings is also recommended.

A full body detox program should only be carried out if the body's normal cleansing functions are overwhelmed and not working properly. Such intense levels of toxic overload is typically caused by an improper diet, stress, overeating, sedentary lifestyle, illness, and poor health habits in general.

Colon Cleansing:

Colon cleansing involves the use of herbs and/or enemas to remove food that proponents claim remains in the colon and rots, producing general ill-health.

Detox Diets:

A Detox Diet (also called a cleansing diet) will remove toxins and poisons from your body.

The idea of a good detox diet is to eat pure and natural foods that will aid the function of the lymph, kidneys, and liver.

Detox diets can involve consuming extremely limited foods (only water or juice, a form of fasting), or eliminating certain foods from the diet (such as fats). Proponents claim that this will cause the body to burn accumulated stored fats, releasing fat-stored "toxins" into the blood, which can then be eliminated through the blood, skin, urine, feces and breath.

An easy to follow detox diet may include a change of lifestyle and eating/drinking habits to include:

Detox Devices:

Certain devices are promoted to allegedly remove toxins from the body.

Toxins can be anything from junk food, pollution, smoke, alcohol, to medicines. One version is a foot bath using a mild electrical current, while another involves small adhesive pads applied to the skin. In both cases, the production of an alleged brown "toxin" appears after a brief delay. In the case of the foot bath, the "toxin" is actually small amounts of rusted iron leaching from the electrodes, while the adhesive pads change color due to oxidation of the pads' ingredients in response to the skin's moisture.

Heavy Metals Detoxification:

Safe and effective removal of heavy metals and toxins is an evolving field of medical practice, and with the highly sophisticated and strategic therapies now available, it's possible for everyone, including cancer and chronically ill patients, to detox with little or no side effects.

Advocates of heavy metals detoxification may recommend the removal of dental amalgam fillings under the guise of mercury poisoning.

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Will detox cause weight loss

It is almost a certainty that a good detox diet will help you lose weight. Sweating from exercising will get help get rid of toxins in your body which will speed up the process of a full body detox.

A detox diet is not too effective if you are only on it for a few days as toxins are stored in body fat.

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Latest Detoxification & Cleansing Publications
1 : Whole Body Detox: The Peruvian Super Foods Diet : HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher.
2 : 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Information : JJ Smith.
3 : Colon Cleansing Has No Benefits : Georgetown University Medical Center.
4 : Detoxing Your Body of Harmful Toxins : Better Health Publishing.
5 : How to Bulk Up on Fiber to Clean Colon and Intestines : Sue Becker.
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