By Melanie Haiken for The Style Glossy
Detox light for everyone. Starlets dish about grapefruit juice fasts, but experts say such practices are unnecessary — and even damaging. “If you get no calories, no protein and nearly no vitamins, you put your body in a stressful situation, and your metabolism is altered,” says Dr. Nicole Kafka, a New York-based colon and rectal surgeon. “Instead of weight loss and detox, you get a reversal — your body slows down and holds onto fat and everything else.”
What you really want, experts say, is to give your body a vacation from stress pileup. “Most of us don’t treat our bodies very well. We’re just go-go-go,” says Dr. Erika Schwartz, a New York-based specialist in menopause and hormones. The new detox “light” is about giving our body a deep dose of the nutritional and physical relief it craves. Discovering what it feels like to follow a healthier regime just might inspire you to make some long-term changes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to a better detox.
Cleanse the Liver