DO’s & Don’ts of Detox…

Even the simple process of breathing that we do everyday accumulates some amount of toxins in the body which are present in the atmosphere. At a fairly consistent basis we are exposed to toxins. Apart from the environmental toxins other toxins which accumulate in the body are due to the diet we follow. Our daily lifestyle also plays a great role in the level of body toxins. Drinking and smoking also add considerably to the body toxins.

However there are ways in which your body can purify itself and eliminate the toxins from the body. Healthy day to day changes in diet or lifestyle can make a huge difference. A healthy change in diet or lifestyle can support and accelerate the process of eliminating toxins from the body.

The important thing to keep in mind is that if you are trying to detox, the toxins are released into the blood which can cause headache, diarrhea, constipation or lack of energy. There is no cause of worry if you are intentionally trying to detox your body; however it is of concern if there are no known reasons for the same.

The benefits, though, are usually worth the discomfort. Detoxification is one way to cleanse and throw out the toxins out of our body. Interestingly, Linda Page, ND, Ph.D., a Naturopathic doctor, lecturer and author of the book ‘Detoxification’ –defines detoxification of the body as “spring cleansing.”

“It’s a way to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew, says Page in one of her article. “Anybody can benefit from a cleansing. The body is coming out of what might be called hibernation. It’s a way you can jump-start your body for a more active life, a healthier life.” “Our bodies naturally detoxify every day,” Page tells in her articles.

“Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver.”

One of the hardest things about detox or cleansing is really knowing what to do and what not to do. One can undergo Detox day or ten-day detox. The duration and severity of symptoms depend on your lifestyle before making a change and how quickly you make it.

Dos and don’ts for detox:

  1. Listen to your body when a detox is done right, you should feel light and energized.
  2. Don’t cut calories below 1000 k cal
  3. Do not Rely on laxatives, diuretics or stimulants
  4. When you engage in a detox plan, you are limited to fruits, or homemade fruit/vegetable juices.
  5. You can have Sautéed/stir fried vegetables or green leafy vegetables in cooked form. You can have boiled vegetables as well.
  6. Minimize your cereals intake. If you want to have you can have one serving of fibrous cereals like broken wheat (Daliya in Hindi)
  7. No coffee. No caffeinated tea. You can have green tea if you wish, along with some herbal teas.
  8. No processed food, No sugar. You can have jaggery in small quantities
  9. Your meals should be vegetarian.
  10. You can make soup out of your favorite vegetables and season it with Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut oil. Better to use this oil in all your preparations like salads/soups/stir-frying
  11. You can have sprouts to feel full
  12. No milk allowed on a detox day

It is highly essential to consult your nutritionist, doctor and coach before you kick start your detox diet. Once you get the go- ahead, you can begin. Once you are successful in following all instructions and doing the right things, you will probably also notice that each time you do an effective detoxification, the next time is even easier as you have fewer toxins to process.


Detox diet sounds easy however it is not easy and requires a lot of determination to keep doing. Detoxifying following one day plan is still achievable however following it for a good ten days is challenging. Individuals who haven’t tried it should give it a go as it rejuvenates the body and makes an individual feel lighter and better.


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