“How often should I detox and cleanse my body to maintain my health?” – Kim
How often you should detox depends on how much fresh, ripe, organic, whole fruits and vegetables you put into your diet and how much processed, unhealthy, junk foods you remove.
Even if you are a complete health “nut” or you’re a 100% raw food vegan, a periodic detox and cleanse can help jolt your body into losing weight, clear up digestive issues (usually caused by eating too much fat) and it’s great for boosting your immunity to fight off illness.
I like to do a 4-day whole foods detox about four times per year. I do mine at the beginning of each season (spring, summer, fall and winter). While I go on a strict regimen of green smoothies and raw foods, I extend my detox beyond diet and take time to detox my mind and home as well. Doing this four times per year is enough to keep my overall diet from straying back into the realm of unhealthy eating.
I don’t recommend doing a 4-7 day detox more than four times per year. If you feel the need to detox and cleanse often, then that’s a clear sign that your diet needs fixing! Ultimately, you want to incorporate foods into your daily diet that support ongoing detox, and remove the foods that inhibit detox.
I also do not recommend any sort of long-term detox (beyond 7 days) or juice fasts.
My new book called Detox In 4 Days, is a seasonal guide to cleansing with whole foods. There is a 4-day detox meal plan for each season as well as a “Day After” detox – perfect for after a day of splurging, traveling or when you need a boost. You’ll also learn how to facilitate detoxification on a daily basis through your diet and why things like juice fasting and colon cleansing may work against detox.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.