Updated: Feb 21
In this post we are initiating the conversation about the concept of detoxification, otherwise known as detox, and how it relates to The Livy Method. To better understand what detoxification is and the relevance of how it impacts the weight loss process, let’s take a deeper dive into the concept of detoxification, and what that actually means!
What is detoxification?
Detoxification, or detox, has become pretty popular in the discussion of health in mainstream media over the years. However, this is not a new concept at all!! In fact, people have been trying to relieve their bodies of “toxins” for thousands of years. A toxin is defined “as a substance that is synthesized by a plant species, an animal, or by microorganisms, that is harmful to another organism”. However, toxins can also include chemicals like pesticides, pollution, plastics, as well by consuming processed food which can include artificial ingredients, colours, and preservatives from the foods that we eat!
Some examples of traditional “detox” practices that have existed for centuries include bloodletting, enemas, sweat lodges, fasting, and drinking detoxification teas and tonics. Many of these practices were even used as medical treatments up until the early 20th century, however you still hear about many of these detox practices today. Those promoting these diets and products often imply and claim that by following their specific diet or by using their special products, your body will be rid of “toxins”, thereby improving health and promoting weight loss.
A typical detox diet may involve a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, fruit and/or vegetable juices, and water. Sometimes a detox also includes herbs, laxatives, diuretics, teas, supplements, and colon cleanses or enemas.
These claim to:
Rest your organs by fasting
Stimulate your liver to help it rid of toxins
Promote toxin elimination through stool, urine, and sweat