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The Difference Between Detoxing and Fasting
Benefits of Detoxing
Although some people think detoxing means not eating solid food, this isn’t true. Most detoxing programs allow for foods and juice, but no “heavy” foods that are difficult to digest or that cause the body problems such as meat, starchy vegetables (such as potatoes or beans), and wheat products (such as bread, rice, and pasta). Salads have fantastic medicinal benefits, especially when made with a wide variety of vegetables and greens such as dandelion leaves, beet leaves, and collard greens. Don’t be afraid to add plenty of lemon, garlic, tomatoes, and apple cider vinegar. If you don’t care for salads, be sure to eat a wide variety of raw or lightly steamed vegetables.
By consuming solid food, you can stay on a detox program much longer than a fasting program, thus allowing sufficient time for the body to rid itself of toxins and heavy metals. In fact, many foods are well-known for aiding the body in its detox efforts such as garlic, cilantro, cabbage, and turmeric. When eating together, spices, herbs, and veggies are known to have strong accumulative health benefits.
When your digestive system, especially the intestines, is healthy, you get more nutrition from the foods you are eating. The enzymes that are found in raw, organic produce help the body to detoxify and repair itself at the same time.
Our bodies are constantly removing waste. A person in good healthy who eats a healthy diet always removes more toxins than they accumulate. How is this possible? These people are doing a “detox” program all day, every day, every time they eat! They still do detox programs or take supplements because they need to help the body detoxify from environmental toxins and heavy metals, but overall, they eat a naturally detoxifying diet every day.
So although you might hear some people talk about detox or fasting as if they were the same thing, you now know the difference. They are similar, but definitely not the same! Depending on the program, these two might even intertwine at times, but starving yourself for long periods is never a good idea. In order to be healthy, you simply need to change your food intake every now and then and always, always, ALWAYS make organic, fresh produce be the mainstay of your diet.