After the holidays or at the change of seasons, a detox cure is often beneficial for the body and helps it get rid of accumulated toxins. Tempted by an express cure? 3 readers have tested them and share their experience.
Opting for a detox treatment based on vegetable juice or green smoothies is always a good idea at the change of season. This allows the body to get rid of accumulated toxins and regain energy. But the detox cure should not be taken lightly because it can also have unwanted effects on your mood, your intestines or your muscles. To avoid these unfortunate consequences, there are a few rules to follow. And especially :
- Prefer a course of vegetables and fruits prepared yourself to cleansing or detoxifying cures ready to use.
- Take a maximum of one or two green smoothies per day (for breakfast and afternoon tea for example)
- At the same time, opt for light meals with lean meat or fish to fill up on animal protein or with soy and tofu to benefit from vegetable proteins.
- During the treatment, avoid stimulants such as coffee or alcohol. Green tea, rich in antioxidants, is a good alternative to coffee.
Emilie tested the juice cure
I ordered the Detoxoxo cure from Beesket, which includes 5 cold pressed, ultra fresh organic juices (refrigerated delivery). Each is to be consumed at a specific time of the day. You can do this cure for 1 to 3 days.
Advantages : the juices are delicious and very pulpy (even if the two green juices – one based on celery and kale, the other with spinach – are more… confusing), and we can benefit from remote advice. I took care to drink my juices slowly, and I admit that I was not hungry at all.
Disadvantages: everything is cold! Difficult for me in the middle of winter, so I made myself some hot herbal teas the rest of the day. And above all, we don’t chew all day: I’m not used to it, it’s surprising, and I was happy to start eating solid the next day. Finally, the price is high: 58.50 € for the day.
What effects? The next morning, I felt in good shape, with a flat stomach when I woke up… but I was hungry! I had no digestive disorder. No more beneficial effects either, since I only did one day, but it feels good.
The opinion of the pro
The advantage of these cures is that they are 100% vegetable, based on juice obtained cold in the extractor, with quality products and ideally organic. Each juice being different, it is rather satisfying in terms of taste, and especially in terms of nutrition, because we drink in a day nearly twenty plants, fruits and vegetables, which offers a variety of vitamins and antioxidants. (and probably more important than if you had made your own juices), as well as fiber. It is quite practical for a digestive break, but of short duration (never more than 3 days), because we do not consume protein, and that can quickly get boring.
Annie tried fasting
I felt heavy, almost smeared, no appetite. So I stopped eating after lunch on Saturday, until Monday morning. All day Sunday, I drank lots of water and herbal teas, very light vegetable broth, and I rested.
Advantages : I really had the pleasant impression that my belly had gone to complete rest… Not eating was not difficult (apart from urinating often, because I was drinking a lot!), it Just think of something else (I slept and read a lot), and I wasn’t hungry, which proves that I was overloaded on an intestinal level!
Disadvantages: I wouldn’t have felt able to have an activity, play sports or even go to work without eating any longer.
What effects? On Monday morning, I was in great shape with a much lighter complexion! My stomach also felt better, like “purged”, and I ate, but not too much: surprisingly, I did not want to catch up, but rather to keep the feeling of well-being of my abdomen the longest possible… I will repeat the experience as soon as I feel the need.
The opinion of the pro
A short fast (around 24 hours) is a good break before starting a long detox, or just to put your digestive system on pause. But it must, as here, be practiced during a moment of rest, where one takes care of oneself and takes care of oneself. Even under these conditions, it should not exceed 3 days without control : a real fast, longer, must be accompanied (often in dedicated centers), and induces a loss of proteins, but also an increase in the risk of osteoporosis. It should therefore be handled with care.
Sophie experimented with the monodiet
Following the advice of a friend, I decided to do an organic and fresh grape cure: green, black, I only consumed that from morning to night, to put my intestines to rest after a long week. festive end.
Advantages : it’s simple to make, the grape is a fresh fruit, pleasant to peck, and you have to chew it (I haven’t consumed it much in juice).
Disadvantages : I know that some people do this cure with apple and I think it would have been more pleasant, because it can be consumed in more forms (cooked in a compote, for example) and it is less disgusting. I was happy to stop (and I did not continue the next day, when I thought I would last 2-3 days), because I had the feeling of eating sweet all day, and in the evening I did not I really wanted more!
What effects? I spent a good part of the afternoon in the bathroom… I didn’t have a stomach ache, but luckily I was at home! I am still happy, because I had the feeling that my stomach was well cleaned.
The opinion of the pro
Of course, this mono-diet provides vitamins, antioxidants and water, but also a lot of sugars: grapes are the fruit that contains the most – about 16 g per 100 g. It would have been wiser to choose vegetables, especially crucifers like cabbages of all kinds – which are much more detoxifying than fruits – in the form of soups and broths, for example. The efficiency would not have been less, with reduced contributions in sugars, but more important and more varied in vitamins and trace elements. The advantage of this monodiet is above all that its monotony reduces appetite (we eat less). But, there too, it should not exceed 3 days.
Infographic: what the detox cure does to your body
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