October 5, 2019
All kinds of detoxification methods
When it comes to detoxification, everyone has their own methods. If you check on the web, they become even more varied- some can be odd, others claim to have scientific basis. A lot of times, people use the term detox to make weight loss simpler and more justified. Have you trird the below methods?
1/ Enzyme detoxification
Enzyme is a type of protein. The human body itself has thousands of enzymes. It also relies on enzymes to digest and decompose food consumed. Therefore, in recent years, it has been popular to consume enzymes for “detoxification”, which is said to help digestion, defecation and weight loss. In fact, many related products are added with fiber and diarrhea-inducing ingredients, which will naturally increase the effect of defecation in the diet to reduce weight. But at the same time these may cause symptoms of severe diarrhea, so enzymes should not be used for weight loss without medical advice.
2/ Fasting detoxification method
This is also known as “breatharianism”. It was originally a Taoist practice with the combination of Qigong and letting the body rest. Nowadays it is known as juice fasting method or the drinking water fasting method. Some people will fast for 2 days every 5 days, relying on liquid and water to maintain the body’s needs to let the stomach rest and promote bowel movements. As we always say, Chinese medicine emphasizes on a balanced diet. It is better to eat less and lighter at each meal than fasting. Do not drink too much cold/raw juice to harm the spleen and stomach.
3/ Charcoal tablet detoxification
Charcoal tablets are black pills made from active charcoal and are popular in Thailand for detoxification, claiming to remove toxins from the body. In fact, charcoal pills do have a purpose in medicine. When someone is acutely poisoned, the doctor will prescribe charcoal tablets to reduce the absorption of gastrointestinal mucosa, reduce the absorption of toxins. Some take this when they have eaten something wrong to reduce the absorption of unclean food. Charcoal tablets are not for consumption after excessive eating or having heat-related food to help “detoxification.” Inappropriate consumption of charcoal tablets can affect stomach function, cause stomach pain, constipation and other symptoms, and even hinder nutrient absorption.
4/ Oil detoxification method
There were some actresses who said they only drank oil for 11 days to detox, and the body was healthier than before. First of all, having only one kind of food is unhealthy, and excessive intake of oil, even natural oil, will bring a serious burden to the cardiovascular system, and there is no medical basis, so do not try this.
5/ Colon cleansing detoxification
There are also many colon cleansing centers to provide colon cleansing/enema detoxification. The main purpose is to pour pure water at body temperature into the colon to soften the stool and then discharge it. Discharging accumulated food and stools by washing the intestines is supposed to achieve effect on beauty and weight loss. In fact, western countries have a long history of colon cleansing, and traditional Chinese medicine has also mentioned the use of honey or pig bile juice to clean the bowels to relieve constipation. In Hong Kong, Chinese medicine does not use enema. In addition to the general method like pure water enema, there is a more aggressive method like coffee enema, sometimes with oil drinking as a detoxification treatment. Although the colon cleansing is an approved medical treatment in Hong Kong, they are mainly used for patients with serious constipation problems. There is no law regulation in the general colon cleansing treatment. It is more secure to consult doctors before using it.
6/ Fig detoxification
Fig is considered to be an antioxidant and has enzymes that help digestion. Chinese medicine believes figs have the effect of loosening the bowels to relieve constipation, so it is recognized as the first-class food for detoxification. The method is to eat a fresh fig before lunch, eat two more before dinner, and also add to dishes such as salad or energy bowl. Chinese medicine advocates the right medicine according the symptoms. Although fig is good, but it should be consumed based on your body condition. As its effect is nourishing yin and moistening dryness, it is suitable for people with yin deficiency, and people with dampness should not eat too much.