How to Naturally Detox
As you transition your body into springtime, you may be considering a cleanse; after all, what better way to reboot your body after the wear and tear of the cold winter months? Justine SanFilippo, MS, CHC, shares her experience below—and offers her own effective tips to naturally detox every single day.
I once went to a fancy juicing retreat in Martha's Vineyard for a three-day detox. On my birthday. With my mom. Why I thought starving, detoxing, only drinking juice for my birthday, and dragging my mom into it was a good idea, I'll never know. I somehow endured the three days of drinking miniscule amounts of juice and some pureed soup, but I had no energy, a constant headache, and was nauseous. The only relief was when I slept. I did lose eight pounds, but on the fourth day I had a bowl of soup for lunch and some raw vegetables, and all the weight came back. So, so much for that.
Detoxing: What is It?
We've heard of juice fasts, master cleanses, detoxing supplements, and juicing retreats. Detoxing is important because it helps the body remove excess toxins. Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals in foods and beverages, smoking, alcohol, and other unhealthy habits. Some people will go to extreme lengths to detox the body in a short period of time. Toxins are stored in the fat cells, so when a