I always welcome a healthy debate (no pun intended :) because they encourage us to challenge the standard idea of whatâ€™s healthy (usually defined as â€˜the absence of diseaseâ€™ which doesnâ€™t imply good heath either)!Â We know knowledge is power therefore, being informed empowers us to create or improve our own health protocol.
This in turn enables us to reclaim responsibility for our health and ultimately, become our own health guru and thatâ€™s got to be a good thing for everyone, except the pharmaceutical industry :).
Are Detox Diets Bad for Your Health?
I canâ€™t find any recorded incidence of anyone (or their illness) ever getting worse by eating less.Â Especially when they’re eating fresh, ripe, organic, in season, local fruit and veg!Â SoÂ to say detoxing is ‘harmful to health’ when it’s a well established fact that eating less increases longevity is odd to say the least.
This is covered in vast detail in well documented reports for example see http://www.scientificpsychic.com/health/crondiet.html or read books like The Blue Zones http://www.bluezones.com/ of which there a growing number of similar books.
Half a dozen reasons have been identified for the longevity of the blue zones populations.Â One of the common denominators is that these people eat less than the standard westerner.Â Proof if ever more proof were needed that eating less, thus conserving valuable energy rather than continually expending it on digesting food stuffs does in fact extend ones life.
So what it boils down to is the choices we make.Â You can choose to graze all day long, or eat three standard meals a day or you can choose to eat less, less often and base your diet on natural foods depending on how long you wish to live.Â Itâ€™s that simply, you really do have the responsibility to choose.
Why Diets Don’t Work?
Also unlike diets, eating natureâ€™s food wonâ€™t provoke anyoneÂ to actually gain weight orÂ harmÂ health. Diets don’t work, they create a vicious cycle of victim mentality so that’s a given!Â To starve the body ofÂ key nutrients is detrimental both physically and mentally.Â If we feel deprived, weâ€™re unhappy and we are unhappyÂ when weâ€™re starved ofÂ the right nutrients, which is whyÂ we experience cravings.Â ConsequentlyÂ we now haveÂ a western population that has never been so overweight, yet so malnourished and there lies the real health issue!
Detoxing vs. Dieting?
Letâ€™s get this point straight, detoxing is not the same as dieting!Â It’s not a simple as saying dieting is bad (which it is)Â or that detoxing is good (which it is).Â Â It’s the definition of detoxing that’s important andÂ of course, it will mean different things to different people depending on where they are starting from.
Essentially though, detoxing helps peopleÂ break their habitual yoyo dieting.Â It gives them a physical and mental break (brain fog is quite simply a food hangover).Â Essentially though, it helpsÂ people get back in touch with their inner selves for instance, like knowing whenÂ hunger is reallyÂ thirst.
Of course we may well get excited about loosing a few pounds (of water rather thanÂ fat) in the early days of a juice feast (or water fast which is not recommended, especially without supervision) see juice feasting article click here.Â However, Â detoxing does enable the person involved to kick-start their journey to improved health in more ways thanÂ just what they eat.
Once the many benefits of detoxing have been experienced, it tends to play a positive role in a person’s health protocol i.e. adopting a mono diet or fast or juice feast one day a week, or 7 days once a quarter and so on.
AnyoneÂ who’sÂ goneÂ through a detox knows it’s not always easy.Â There may be a healing crisis to overcome (like a migraine) which is just toxins resurfacing into the blood stream so they can be successfully eliminated from where theyâ€™ve been dormant.
Once the initial discomfort which is usually minor has passed, theÂ clarity and wisdomÂ experienced post detox about what a personÂ wants forÂ the remainder of their years becomes more conscious and mindful.Â Surely, that’s got to be a good thing, no matter how many times we fall of the health wagon, a detox is simply a good way of getting back on track with what we know intuitively to be best for us.
Regarding the fact that some people say â€˜the liver and kidneys do a satisfactory jobâ€™ is true.Â But that’s not to say many people’s organs couldn’t do with, or need actual support in reducing the burden placed on them 24/7!
Anyway, to live a healthy vibrant life is not to live with mere satisfaction is it!Â Just because these organs areÂ functioning ‘satisfactorily’ doesn’t meanÂ a person is healthy just as theÂ absence of disease doesn’t mean one is healthy!Â Giving your digestion a much-needed break fromÂ eating a standardÂ American diet (appropriately abbreviated as S.A.D.),Â is notÂ sabotaging your diet at all.Â NorÂ does it kill good bacteria (it does the opposite), nor does itÂ make your body prone to infections and diseases; again, it does the opposite.
The process of digesting food uses the biggest reserve of energy of practically anything else we’re ever likely to do (some have likened it toÂ running a marathon every day).Â Therefore, to stop eating for a short time, be it a one day a weekÂ fast, aÂ regular juice feast of 7 days, or practicing a mono diet (preferably from a place ofÂ knowledge or under supervision) can only be a good thing.Â This is borne out by the fact tribes have used this method of healing the mind, body and spirit for all of time.
Letâ€™s face it, when the body gets sick, we lose our appetite.Â It’s our bodiesâ€™ way of redirecting much-neededÂ energy reserves.Â Forcing someone to eat ‘chicken soup’ when they are sick just goes against nature and common sense.Â Animals don’t eat when they are sick because they intuitively know better than us.Â Â Humans today haveÂ simply lostÂ touch with their sensesÂ beingÂ as they are, so desensitized byÂ man-made food stuffs and drugs.
By man-made food stuffs I include anything that needs a label to describe it and its contents.Â Natureâ€™s food doesn’t need a label.Â The need for a label simply means a food item that isÂ adulterated, fortified, refined and is no longer aÂ natural food item.Â That’s the realÂ reason why our livers and kidneys can no longer detox satisfactorilyÂ because we are no longer eating natureâ€™s food!
We’ve been conditioned to eat man-made food stuffs three times a day regardless of whether or not ourÂ body clock says we’re hungry.Â Â Combine that with the cocktail of drugs people are pumping into themselves (and if you drink tap water that includes you â€“ think about it, itâ€™s shocking but true) and we have as a consequence,Â people who are walking around constipated.Â People who are full of fermenting, putrefying foods that are creating a build up of toxins and the perfect environment for disease.Â And there lies the real health problem we face in the 21st Century!Â Â Over 70%Â of ailments taken to the Drs today are simplyÂ due to this single issue – constipation, so how anyone canÂ say that detoxing is harmful to health doesn’t makeÂ sense.