There are many types of detox programs. The length can be anywhere from a day to months, depending on the patient’s goals and health status. Some programs require fasting and others don’t. Some include protein shakes and others do not.
If you have never done a detox you should start off slowly and under professional supervision, according to Dr. Donna Perillo, a Doctor of Chiropractic, a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition and a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.
Here are a few benefits of a complete detox she says:
1. Weight loss
This is probably the number one reason most people will be motivated to do a detox or body cleanse program. It is a great way to lose weight and gain momentum.
2. Improved sleep
Detoxing gives your body a rest. The liver and kidneys are your main detoxifying organs and when they are able to rest they can become more efficient with less stress on the rest of your bodily functions.
3. Increased energy
Since your body is able to function more efficiently you will have more energy and vitality!
4. Improved cognitive function
Some toxins are able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These toxins can interfere with your brain and nervous system. Most detox programs can help remove some toxins from the brain and nervous system and therefore improve cognition.
5. Improved digestion
A good detox program will allow your digestive system to rest and rebuild. Most people notice a huge difference in their digestion. People often report decreased bloating and reflux and better elimination.
Dr. Donna Perillo is DC, MS, NMD, CNS, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition and a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. She has been practicing in New Jersey for over 25 years. She helps patients with arthritis, sports injuries, nutrition, dancers, pregnant moms, and children. Other specializations include detox, digestive problems, and stress and anxiety management.