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the truth about detoxing/cleansing

cleanse and detox myths

The 4 biggest myths about detoxing & cleansing debunked

Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing or cleansing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox” or “cleanse” do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements, and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?

The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you do it in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain, better sleep, and full-body health.

The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing and cleansing your body. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a cleanse.

Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body is craving.

Four Detox and Cleansing Myths

Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse.
While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, detoxing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.

The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the program ends.

Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while doing the cleanse.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a cleanse program, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.

Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a cleanse should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my cleanse programs.

Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective clenase will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.

Myth #4: Cleanses are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a cleanse program should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a cleanse, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.

Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals, and remove toxins from the body.

Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.

I’ve worked with cleanse participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up, and even their allergies disappear.

What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a cleanse program?

I’m getting ready to launch my second fall cleanse program and I’d love to have you join. Before you try something new, like a cleanse, it’s normal to feel hesitant. I want to hear from you. Comment below or email me at holistickatelyn@gmail.com. I read every email that comes into my inbox and I promise to email you back personally.

Be well,
Katelyn

About Katelyn Gonzalez

Hi, I’m Katelyn - a seasoned birth doula, childbirth educator, placenta specialist, Ayurvedic postpartum care practitioner, and certified women’s health coach. My #1 priority is to empower women to see what they can do when they believe in themselves and their beautiful bodies. I live in the East Bay with my husband and fur babies.

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