There are plenty of detox how-tos available on the internet. You can learn what to eat, what to drink, and what to do to cleanse your body for the sake of your health. But what about the to-donвЂ™ts?
DonвЂ™t Dehydrate Yourself
There are many known benefits to fasting and many detox programs incorporate a period of fasting in their systems. However you should not avoid drinking at any stage. The risks of dehydration are real, but they are very easy to avoid.
Drinking water throughout the day is the easiest way to avoid dehydration. While there are several guidelines to tell you how much water to drink you can follow a very basic rule. Are you thirsty? Then drink water. When you feel the craving for soda or juice coming on have a glass of water instead. When you think youвЂ™re hungry have a glass of water first. Thirst can sometimes be hard to distinguish from hunger. By drinking a glass of water first youвЂ™re staying hydrated and as a bonus, you may actually eat less!
DonвЂ™t Stop Taking Medication
While it is true that the point of detoxing your body is to get rid of all the unwanted chemicals and toxins, you should not stop taking your prescription medications without consulting your doctor. If you have a medical condition controlled by medication, stopping suddenly can cause a flare-up of your symptoms. If you are currently ill and on an antibiotic you should not stop taking it. Your infection will take longer to go away and not finishing your course of antibiotics can contribute to breeding drug-resistant bacteria, and thatвЂ™s something no one wants! If youвЂ™re on medication for a mental health issue such as depression stopping your medication can cause withdrawal symptoms.
You may find that you feel well enough after the detox that you would like to stop your medications and thatвЂ™s great! Just be sure to do it under the direction of your doctor.
DonвЂ™t Ignore Risk Factors
While detoxing is generally safe it may not be right for people with certain risk factors or health considerations.
If you are diabetic you should avoid things that will impact your blood sugar. Increasing the amount of fruit juice in your diet or fasting may not benefit your overall health.
If you are currently pregnant you should consult with your doctor before altering your diet or taking any new supplements. The best thing you can do is keep your body consistent and healthy for the sake of your baby.
If you have any other health concerns it is always best to consult your doctor before making any major changes in diet and exercise, and that includes detoxing.
Continue To Monitor Your Health
Detoxing your body is generally safe and can result in a major improvement in your health. Remember that it isnвЂ™t uncommon to experience some flu-like symptoms in the first few days.
However if you continue to feel ill while you detox or if new, unexpected symptoms show up you should stop. Detoxing is healthy for most people, but is not right for everyone.