Master Cleanse Safe For Detox?
I always get asked the question, "how do I detoxifly and what do you think about fasting". The ‘Master Cleanse always comes up in the conversation. There are many versions of this concoction which includes water, apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper. No matter which version you are using the same rule always applies to detoxification: YOU MUST EAT!
The Master Cleanse has been around since the early 1900′s. Since then, the research reports that calorie restrictive detoxification programs are harmful for the body.
Detoxification is an energy-dependent process that puts a metabolic burden on the body. Water and juice fasts are not beneficial because they deplete the body of essential nutrients required for healthy detoxification. These fasts can have many adverse effects including decreased energy production, breakdown of lean tissue rather than loss of fat, increased oxidative stress and blood sugar imbalance.
Instead of decreasing nutrients, you should be increasing protein and a variety of vegetables that help support the detoxification process. When you fast you produce mass amounts of ‘free radicals’ thus needing essential nutrients to help manage the harmful effects of these ‘free radicals’.
If you are are thinking of starting any kind of cleanse or detoxification program please ask questions and become informed first.
The John’s Hopkins School of Medicine has identified the phytonutrient sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) as a natural long lasting antioxidant and detoxifier found in broccoli and broccoli sprouts.
Since its discovery, more than 200 publications have underscored its amazing ability to activate the body’s natural detoxification and antioxidant enzymes, protecting cells from free radicals.
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Drew DiVittorio Dipl., CH (NCCAOM)
Taoist Healing Arts Consultant
Classical Chinese Herbolog & Nutrition
National Board Certified
Bridging the Gap Between Oriental Medicine & Modern Nutrition