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Once you’ve decided that you want to start a detoxification program, there are several things that you may want to ask yourself to be sure that you will see results from the program. There are several methods that you can try, but you’ll need to know which programs are for you, so here are a few suggestions.
The colon cleanse. This is a procedure that is done at a holistic health center, although some traditional hospitals and clinics are adopting this process as well. You will have to make an appointment for the procedure, and you should feel better a little while after. However, you may need to have the treatments a few times a year, depending on your health status. This is one of the most extensive treatments you can have in your detoxification program.
Timed detox programs. After you’ve undergone colonics, or even hydrotherapy, there are some things you may want to do at home to maintain your health. You can also take part in these detox programs if you’re not quite ready to have your colon cleansed by a professional. Usually, you will need to keep up with the program anywhere from 7 to 30 days–anything over 30 days may be too taxing on the body, and could reverse the benefits of the cleansing program. You can go on a juice diet, try a water fast, or even drink certain teas that will help you to eliminate bile and waste naturally from the body. It will take a few days for you to see and feel a difference in your body, but after your energy increases, your skin improves, and your headaches are gone, you’ll want to keep up with the regimen in order to maintain the results.
Group Detox. If you’re not so sure that you can handle the detox program on your own, or don’t know if you’ll be able to keep up with the cleansing regimen every day, you can always enroll in group detox programs that will allow you to chart your progress with other individuals who are trying to attain similar health goals. You can enroll with friends or family members; this way you will have someone helping you to keep track of your goals, and steering you away from bad habits that could spoil the cleansing process. Cleansing classes are available at health food stores like GNC, and you can get the 30 day cleanse kit from places like Arden’s Garden (www.ardensgarden.com) or the Vitamin Shoppe. You may also want to take up yoga and pilates while you’re undergoing your detoxification program, so that you can loosen the muscles in your body and relieve some of the tension you may feel when you begin your regimen. Good luck!