Detox or Cleanse… That is the Question

When you are trying to get into shape, you constantly there two things cleanse and detox. Your friends always have the answer, well, at least to what solved their problems. All the hype in fitness trends is centered on some sort of detoxifying plan or cleansing diet that will apparently “change your life.” I’ve heard claims like these before, so prior to trying one, I had some questions.

Everyone and their mother will give you advice on losing weight or getting into shape, so why do these two keep coming up? What is the difference between a cleanse and a detox and which should I choose? Are these healthy options or am I going to have some serious health issues later in life? Are these really beneficial to my health or just quick weight loss fads that won’t stand the test of time?

These diets are pretty extreme so its best to do some research into them and luckily there is plentiful amounts of data on the web. See what these diets entail, their health benefits and costs before =you try any of them.



First, to understand either of these diet trends, you must understand what they are eliminating. Both these diets say they are eliminating “toxins” from your body and by doing so, making you healthier. What the heck are toxins and are they new? Well, toxins are everywhere and everything that we come into contact with, essentially. The air is full of toxins, as well are the water you drink and the food you eat. If these toxins are all around, why haven’t I heard of them before? You probably have, but now so many people are making a big deal out of them, its like they are new.

Detoxes and Cleanses say they will get rid of these toxins in your body, but guess what? Your body gets rid of these toxins naturally, remember, your body is an amazing machine. The human body has natural detoxifiers and cleanses, but without proper nutrition these defenses can become weakened. This is where a cleanse or detox comes in handy.

Don’t get me wrong, you body does accumulate toxins and doing a cleanse or detox, will help eliminate them.



Cleanses definitely eliminates toxins from your body but it really focuses on fueling your body’s detoxification processes with high nutrients. Cleanses like juice or master add so many vital nutrients into your body that they boost your natural immune systems. In doing so, they help your overall health and in ways reset your body. A good cleanse will make you crave healthier foods and break the body of any bad habits it has created over the years.

You will definitely lose weight during a cleanse but that isn’t the main goal. These cleanses work on resting your body’s chemistry to be more health overall, and in doing so, flushing toxins.

Cleanses can be pretty extreme, so make sure you consult a doctor before you try one. Do as much research as you can until you feel comfortable and you know what you are getting yourself into. As someone who has done a 21-day juice cleanse reboot, I can tell you that they are no freaking joke.



A detoxing diet also help your body eliminate toxins but is usually done by restricting your caloric intake to only certain types of healthy foods. These detoxing foods often pretty simple and the diets can be harsh. Can you drink only cayenne pepper infused lemonade or eat only cabbage soup for a week? It sounds much harder to me than a juice cleanse. Jokes on you, detoxing foods don’t actually detox anything, its still the liver and kidneys that do all the work. These diets have been known to starve the body of certain nutrients and can at times be detrimental.


Detoxes and cleanses are both game changers, but in my opinion, cleanses are the way to go. Overall the both work, but cleanses don’t just restrict what you can eat, but instead force your body into a healthier way of eating. This is better for the long run and that’s why cleanses are better.


Trends change all the time and so does our waistline, so try both to see what works for you.



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