The detox trend is everywhere; both programmes and products are too many to count, and the fans endless! But there are some dangers with detoxing to be aware of. Neither the detoxification process nor the various detox programmes available are the enemy. However, when such a programme is started without the supervision of a professional coach, it can do more harm than good and stop you from reaching your detox goals.
What is a Detox?
Detox, short for detoxification, is not the world’s latest trend. It’s actually a normal body function designed to cleanse our systems from toxins. It helps us lose weight, deal with water retention, and keep our bodies at optimum health.
Because the detoxification function is so important, it piques many people’s interest, in both the health industry and as a lifestyle. Detox programmes promise energy increases, cellulite removal or reduction as well as colon or digestive cleanses. Some claim rapid weight loss, others the promise of a dream body.
The dangers of detoxing without supervision
A self-starter programme without professional help can harm your body in many ways. When your body purges toxins, you can experience nausea, sweating, chills, and mood swings. A holistic health professional can provide support and education.
Some herbs and supplements in the detox process can act as laxatives  to help lose weight quickly and get rid of bloating. However, this can be a dangerous practice. It can cause issues such as an imbalance of minerals in the body. In turn, this can cause symptoms including muscle weakness, kidney  and liver failure, all the way to losing consciousness.
Likewise, when you start a programme on your own, there’s always a risk of suffering from malnutrition, the possibility of gaining the weight back, the appearance of stretch marks from losing or gaining weight too fast, as well as fatigue, anger, and frustration.
An even more serious issue can arise because as a non-professional it’s hard for you to determine which eating habits are healthy and which aren’t. This can greatly increase the risk of developing an eating disorder.
3 key reasons why you need to seek a professional coach
When conducted well and under the supervision of an educated professional, a detox programme can be quite safe, beneficial, and do wonders for your overall health and emotional wellbeing. Here are 3 key reasons to seek a professional coach:
- A professional’s assistance can help you lose weight in a healthy manner without the risk of malnutrition or other serious issues.
- Their knowledge and familiarity with the supplements and herbs on the market will protect you from the dangerous ones out there and, therefore, keep your kidneys and liver in great shape.
- Finally, a professional will help you with the psychological stress and frustration that can accompany such programmes. They will provide both the psychological support and the technical information that you need to transition to a healthy maintenance programme.
So, don’t hesitate to contact a professional before you start your detox! Not only will they know what to do, but they will make sure you stay safe and in a good state on your journey to your ideal body and optimal health.
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[1.] Adverse Effects of Laxatives, Springer Link, 2001.