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Are laxatives good to take if your trying to detox your body? I'm a college student so I rarely get the chance to eat a well balance meal and am starting to see my digestive system gets upset more easily. I'm also feeling more nasueas lately & no I'm not pregnant.
So, can I take a laxative maybe to cleanse myself of all the bad food & toxins I eat? Or is there something else I should take?
It is a good general rule that if you intend to cleanse, and you want to do it a nutritional, safe, healthy way, make sure your cleanse program has the following qualities:
Unless you intend to do a fast, which is completely separate from a nutritional cleanse, you'll want to go with a detox program that values nutrition and contains daily vitamins, protein, fruits and vegetables, and other healthy foods. Many detox programs are simply diet pills that you take in addition to your normal diet (or they're meant to be your ONLY source of nutrition). These are dangerous and do not provide the benefits your body needs to sustain a detox healthfully. Make sure to pick a product that helps you stay full so that you're less likely to cheat and break your detox.
2. All Natural.
Unfortunately, the regulations concerning what constitutes "all natural" is incredibly vague. Many companies, especially those with products made outside of the United States, claim that their products are all natural but they may still use trace amounts of artificial ingredients. All natural in its most simple form means any product without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. If it's got citric acid, it's not all natural. If it's sweetened with Splenda, it's not all natural. Basically if you can't pronounce the ingredients, then it's not all natural. If your grandmother wouldn't recognize an ingredient, then it's not all natural. In general, try to use a detox program that only contains REAL ingredients from the earth, not a lab. If a product contains soy, make sure it is non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and the product uses soybeans instead of a soy isolate.
This should go without saying, but animal products, whether meat or dairy, in general, are packed with fat, hormones, chemicals, cholesterol, salt, and other things that contradict weight loss and a healthy detox. One of the biggest benefits of a detox is reduction of bloating. Animals products directly cause bloating since they have salt, fats, and lactose that can fill your stomach with gas. The types of products that are NOT vegan include those with whey protein, eggs, honey, milk, or meat. Also, it's important to support companies that use animal free ingredients since it is more sustainable and better for the environment. Several companies, such as Kaeng Raeng, support animal rights organizations by donating a portion of every sale of an animal free product.
4. Gluten Free.
Those with Celiac Disease suffer from a gluten allergy, but they aren't the only ones who should avoid gluten. Gluten can raise insulin levels, cause abdominal cramping and water weight gain, and is usually associated with sugary processed simple carbohydrates that contain the very toxins you're trying to get rid of. Make sure to choose a detox program that is gluten free, which means yeast and wheat free.
5. Stimulant Free.
Products that promote "weight loss" are often caffeine pills masquerading as detox pills. These stimulants increase your heart rate, can lead to insomnia and loss of concentration, and really contradict the purpose of getting your body back to a natural chemical-free state. Another type of stimulant is a laxative. Laxatives are often used in colon cleanse products to help speed up the elimination portion of the detox. Yes, there are natural laxatives that occur in nature like Senna and other stimulants, mostly in the form of herbal laxative tea. These products, however, can cause severe cramping and can be aggressive and disruptive to your normal daily life. If you want to detox in a safe, easy way, avoid laxatives.
6. Local Ingredients.
If a product has a bunch of ingredients you can't pronounce and most of them are from outside of the United States, be aware that those ingredients 1. are not regulated by as many US agencies as those ingredients made within the USA, 2. had to travel a long way to get to you, which makes the product worse for the environment, 3. does not support the efforts of local farmers and suppliers. If you want to support American businesses, stay local. Many nutritional cleanses are made in Japan or China, while others are made in California, New York, or Florida.
There are plenty of detox/cleanse juices and powders out there that use all natural ingredients and unconventional sources of protein like hemp, flax, rice, or nuts. These products can taste like grass or sand. Hey, if that's what you like, then go right ahead! But most of us want to drink something that we can keep down. If you can't stand the taste of a product then you WON'T stick with your detox, so you might as well not try at all. If you want a fruit-based cleanse, make sure to choose one that has actual fruit in the ingredient list, not fruit puree concentrate or fruit flavors.
Probiotics literally mean "for life." As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), a probiotic is a living microorganism that, when administered in adequate amounts, confers a health benefit on its host. Probiotic live cultures are friendly bacteria that help to regulate and speed up digestion through the intestines and colon. Probiotic cultures, specifically L. Acidophillus blend, have been linked to better digestive health and stronger immune systems. Probiotics are typically found in yogurt and other cultured dairy products, but are also available in freeze-dried powder form.
There are several detox programs that involve blending smoothies with your own fruit and vegetables. These programs are usually fairly expensive and can be incredibly inconvenient. Make sure to read customer reviews regarding how simple the program was to follow and how easy it is to make the various meals/drinks. Kaeng Raeng, for example, comes in freeze dried powder form and can be taken just about anywhere.
The truth is, there are good companies and shady companies in this business. The shady ones will typically offer a "free trial" and then bill your credit card ridiculous amounts for subsequent months. Other, more honest businesses, will charge reasonable rates based off of the cost of the product. These businesses care about their reputation and customer service. In general, detox programs that charge more than $30 per day are ripping you off, and those that charge less than $10 per day are offering a low quality product.
When should I do a cleanse or detox?
As soon as you start to feel like crap! Happy detoxers typically conduct a 3 or 6 day cleanse every 1-3 months.
you should never take laxatives as a detox diet! laxatives cause everything in your body to just run through you, which will make you dehydrated which can make you very sick! your body wont process any nutrients from what you eat, you will feel crappier than you do, and youll be on the toilet all day. you should only take laxatives if youre constipated. theres lots of meal plans online for detoxing your body. all follow the same guidelines- healthy, all natural products. you can also just add a pomegranate juice to your daily intake to promote constant natural cleansing of the body and better health overall. another good long term cleanser is apple cider vinegar. the number one rule to follow is avoid fast food. fast food will mess up your system very quickly and very badly. also, if you have family nearby, try to make it over for dinner as often as possible. another good college food tip- make ramen noodles, dont add the spice packet and dump out the water, add some vegetables and maybe a meat product for a quick cheap and healthy stir fry.
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