An appropriate detox program can make us feel reborn and can help us get rid of a number of problems that we tend to perceive as chronic and even incurable. But if we do not think well, detoxification can be dangerous for our organism. Therefore, before we begin the cleansing process, we need to assess our own situation and make sure that what we do will not be harmful or even dangerous to us.
Poorly selected detox programs and approaches can cause worse consequences for our health than the effect of the toxins themselves. During the cleansing regimes, is it especially important to be careful with regard to the deficiencies in our bodies, and to be strict in terms of what we eat and drink.
Pregnancy is definitely one of the moments when we need to think well in advance before making a detox. These regimes are not recommended when we expect a child. The best time to do a detox is about a year before conception. If you still need to perform a detox while you are pregnant, then do it under the strict supervision of a medical expert.
Why is that?
First of all, many of the herbs that are usually applied for purification, are contraindicated during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Moreover, the good hydration is very important during pregnancy, and in detoxification there is a significant risk of dehydration and this can seriously harm the baby.
In addition, the inevitable and sought after effect of the detoxification process is the release of toxins that are accumulated in the body. And that could be too much for such a fragile body as of the embryo.
What measures can we take:
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to make sure you stay hydrated and you will dispose of toxins directly from your body, without allowing them to do harm to your body.
If our body is full with too many toxins, their release may be potentially dangerous even for a person in perfect health. Free toxins return to the bloodstream. Therefore, when the organism is overloaded, it is recommended to perform a series of moderate detoxifications under the supervision and after consultation with a specialist.
Detox programs are shock therapy for a number of diseases – mostly for the lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, skin, and so on. By definition they are short-term and do not work as a lifestyle decision. If you perform detoxification regimes too often, your body may develop the so-called metabolic acidosis – or low bicarbonate levels, i.e. increased acidity.
The cleansing should not be considered as a method to deal with overweight. The excessive detoxification may cause deficiencies such as calcium and magnesium deficiency, and lack of other vitamins and minerals, which are very improtant for the well-being of the organism. Lack of enough magnesium leads to muscle cramps and abnormal heart rhythm.
We must also be especially careful when choosing herbs to include in our detox regime. It is important to be aware of the effects of each one of them, as well as of the way they may affect our existing conditions and predispositions.
Guarana, for example, is a plant that we often see as an ingredient of energy drinks, but it is also used in some cleansing nutritional programs. The guarana, however, has its own side effects that need to be taken into account. Because of its high caffeine content, it is not recommended to consume it in large amounts even by healthy people. Overdosing with guarana can cause a number of ailments such as headache, stomach disorders, vomiting, nausea and nervousness.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Children and young people should not perform detox regimes. In general, the organism of a 20-22-year-old person is still young and it does not need cleansing yet.
The adults should be more careful when they perform a detoxification. This is because with age we are more prone to risks of various diseases that are incompatible with the cleansing regimes (see info below). People over 60 years of age should choose the lighter version of detox. One of the ways to do this is by including to our menu foods that support the self-purifying abilities of our bodies.
First of all, one of the most important things is to consume organic products every time we have this opportunity. Citrus fruits can also be very useful. They help us get rid of the accumulated toxins while at the same time they activate the enzymes in the body, improving the digestion.
Hydrocolontherapy can also be particularly useful in the process of detoxification of adults. Most spa procedures that do not cause discomfort to the cardiovascular system and so on, are completely safe both for the young people and for adults.
DISEASES FOR WHICH THE DETOXIFICATION IS NOT RECOMMENDED
It is not advisable to perform a detox program also in cases where we suffer from certain serious chronic diseases. Severe diseases of the endocrine system, for example insulin diabetes mellitus, may be complicated by inadequate cleansing regime.
We should also be careful if we suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, heart attack, angina pectoris, cardiac failure, varicose veins, haemophilia and others.
People suffering from acute lung inflammations, as well as the people with more severe cases of asthma, should also be careful with regard to detoxification regimes or if they decide to do one, it should happen only after medical consultation and under superovision.
Detoxification is contraindicated after a stroke and in Parkinson’s disease, as well as in more severe disc herniation. The list of diseases that prevent the detoxification include also some ailments that are related to the excretory system, for example, acute and subacute pyelonephritis, kidney diseases, acute cystitis and urethritis.
People suffering from serious digestive problems should not perform cleansing procedures. In case of eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma, first should be assessed the stage of the disease and then it can be determined whether a cleansing regime can be applied.
Adults and people suffering from chronic diseases who want to perform a detoxification, should seek medical opinion, because the physician will introduce them to the risk factors and he will prescribe the best detox program for them.