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How do I Choose the Best Detox System?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Choosing the best detox system means finding a program that works as well as possible with one's daily life and also helps one to meet her detox goals. For example, someone who is just looking for gentle detoxification may simply increase the amount of water that she drinks, drink a detox tea on a daily basis, and cut down on processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol for a period of time. On the other hand, someone looking for intense detoxification may choose a detox system such as the lemonade master cleanse in which lemonade made with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and filtered water is the only nutrition source that is ingested for up to two weeks.

There are also detox system options that fall between these two levels of intensity. The lemonade detox system, for example, may only be followed for a few days, perhaps over a weekend when the person maintaining the detox has time to rest and does not have to tax the body with daily activities or professional tasks. There are also detox kits that can be purchased from drug stores and stores that specialize in health foods or vitamins. These systems are often useful for people who need to maintain their daily lifestyles while participating in a detox system.

Lemonade can be used to detox the human body.
Lemonade can be used to detox the human body.

These kits usually include a detox supplement that includes many of the same ingredients found in detox tea. The detox supplements, which are intended to help cleanse the body as a whole, are often taken along with a fiber supplement, which is intended to improve the elimination of waste in the digestive system. In addition to taking the supplements and fiber pills, these kits also offer advice on following a certain diet while using the detox system. The diet usually instructs the person participating in the detox system to avoid caffeine — although green tea, which has a low level of caffeine, is generally permitted — as well as alcohol, processed foods, red meat, fatty cuts of poultry, and refined sugar.

A cup of detox tea.
A cup of detox tea.

Some people choose to use a detox system that is intended to target a specific part of the body, usually an organ. In addition to the systems described above, which are for full-body detoxing, there are also systems that target the colon and others that target the liver. Before beginning any kind of detox system, however, be sure to consult a doctor and make sure that the detox system is safe for one's health.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for WiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for WiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • Lemonade can be used to detox the human body.
      Lemonade can be used to detox the human body.
    • A cup of detox tea.
      By: gtranquillity
      A cup of detox tea.
    • Certain kinds of detox target the colon.
      By: CLIPAREA.com
      Certain kinds of detox target the colon.
    • The detox system should be based on which part of the body a person wants to detox, such as the liver.
      By: nerthuz
      The detox system should be based on which part of the body a person wants to detox, such as the liver.