An ancient approach to detoxing your body
When I wrote about detox diets in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, I learned that Western medicine isn't sold on the idea of eating certain foods -- and avoiding others -- to rid your body of impurities. The human body, experts told me, is perfectly capable of removing toxins on its own.
But I'm well aware that other medical traditions do embrace the notion, and I don't want to be dismissive of them. In particular, the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurvedic medicine encourages including such foods as lemon juice and cumin seeds in the diet to cleanse your body of toxins.
Of course, Ayurveda's not as simple as that; it's a complex and nuanced system of medicine. But one of the huge differences between its approach and that of a detox diet such as the popular The Master Cleanse is that it encourages including certain items, such as lemon juice, in your diet -- not cutting everything BUT lemon juice out of your diet.
Do you follow a particular regimen to rid your body of toxins? Or do you believe that your body can handle that task perfectly well on your own? Please leave your toxin-free comments, below.
August 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Nutrition and Fitness
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