Is a detox suitable for everyone?

Published June 10, 2014

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Whether a detox is suitable for someone depends on the detox plan. There are many detoxification programs available in shops and over the internet, ranging from mild to extreme, which will not be appropriate for everyone. A sensible balanced detoxification program that focuses on cleaning up the diet and promoting healthy practices is the best approach.

Which detox programs should I avoid?

If you’re considering fasting or using other drastic measures, it’s recommended that you do so under the guidance of a healthcare professional as extreme detox diets or programs can rob your body of important vitamins and minerals and may have potential side effects. It’s advised that you adopt healthy practices that you can maintain over time rather than focusing on quick fix solutions that may cause you to relapse back into bad habits. For ideas on how to create your own balanced detox plan, check out the benefits of detoxing.

Are detoxes appropriate for everyone?

Detox programs are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women or for children. However, these groups of people can still adopt healthy practices that are part of a detox program such as eliminating/reducing alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars, and increasing their intake of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, and water. It’s not recommended to cut out any food groups or drastically reduce food intake. People with health conditions should also err on the side of caution and get the ok from their healthcare professional before starting a detox plan.

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