This article was co-authored by Lisa Bryant, ND. Dr. Lisa Bryant is Licensed Naturopathic Physician and natural medicine expert based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Naturopathic Family Medicine there in 2014. This article has been viewed 2,974,726 times.
Making the decision to cleanse your body is great! It shows that you’re taking your health seriously and trying to make positive changes. However, rather than trying cleansing plans, doctors recommend living an overall healthier lifestyle instead. There’s really just no substitute for a healthy diet, regular exercise, lots of sleep, and cutting out harmful habits like smoking and drinking. By making these changes, you can successfully cleanse your body and enjoy the benefits.
Skip juice cleanses or liquid diets. A popular cleansing regimen for losing weight involves drinking only juice or another type of liquid for a few days to a week. This is dangerous because you could end up without essential nutrients. These extreme cleanses are also counterproductive because most people just gain back any weight they lost when they go back to eating normal food again. Doctors don't recommend any sort of diet like this, and say following a healthy diet and exercise routine is much better for losing weight.[15]
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