I was one of those detox enthusiasts who for years jumped into intensive cleansing procedures with raw foods, juice fasts, liver and colon flushes, master cleanses, you name it. Most of these procedures improved my energy levels in the short term, but made me feel worse after a few weeks or months. Later on I learned that some of these drastic detoxes damaged my liver.
As much as you may feel the urge to start a cleanse, please make sure that the procedure is right for you and that you are ready for it. If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition or are experiencing any discomfort, chronic or otherwise, you must first consult with your medical doctor. Do not cleanse if:
- If you suffer from serious illness—in this case you must be under full-time, expert medical supervision
- You have inflammatory digestive disorder
- You are pregnant or nursing
- You are too tired or weak
- You have not prepared your body with proper pre-cleanse diet and routine
- Your liver and blood are overheated (an Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine practitioner can assess that for you)
- You are having a stressful schedule
- It is winter or summer season
Whatever detoxification practice you choose, make sure that you are supervised and that you go slow with it. Drastic or harsh cleansing practices can cause serious damage to the body.