It’s that time of year again. Yes, new year’s resolutions – most of them to do with health and well-being. I’ve personally rarely set any resolutions. I’m more of a continually goal-oriented individual myself, but I respect that others like to take note of a new year and try new things and renew themselves. There is something nice about that.
This brings us to the topic at hand – should you do one of these detoxes that everyone seems to go on about these days? I thought we should address it, so this is my take.
First I’ll say that I think doing a detox has the potential for some really great benefits. In particular, I believe trying something new or making a change for a few weeks can give you some insight, a new perspective, may help you make more lasting changes that could impact your health and well-being going forward.
What prompted me to write something a little different on the topic was an article I read recently, stating detoxing is a myth.
Let’s examine that idea, shall we?
You can read the article here in full if you wish.
There is much about this article that I agree with:
– you need to be wary of detox products that make big claims,
– you need to assess why you are doing a detox, and
– you need to educate yourself about what is safe for you (and you in particular) and what is not.
There were also many things written in this article with which I do not agree, namely that detoxification is a myth or pseudoscience.
So, should you do a detox? Maybe. Maybe not. Ultimately, the decision is yours alone to make.
My top 3 tips for deciding if you do want to do this are:
- educate yourself and don’t buy into quick fixes, fads, or expensive products;
- make some clear goals or at least ONE clear goal for why you are doing it;
- listen to your body – don’t do it if you’re sick, stop if you feel ill, and don’t starve yourself!