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Is Alcohol Allowed During a Health Detox?

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 5/18/2010

Alcohol is not a part of the detox diet for a very good reason. If you want to eliminate toxins from your body by following a detox diet, then you'll want to find out the answer to the question "Can I drink alcohol during a health detox?"

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    What's Allowed When Following the Detox Diet

    If you are asking yourself: "Can I drink alcohol during a health detox?", the simple answer to this question is: no.

    Many people feel following a detox diet will help cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. The notion behind the detox diet is eating only natural and pure foods for a given number of days creates energy and promotes health. Generally, toxins are eliminated from the body through bowel movements, sweat, and through the kidneys. However, some toxins cannot be eliminated naturally, which is why the detox diet was invented.

    While following the detox diet, there are certain foods and drinks that are not permissible. Dieters are allowed to consume foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Foods that are not allowed while following the detox diet include meats, fatty foods, fried foods, and foods that have a lot of sugar. Alcohol is also forbidden while using the detox diet.

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    Why Alcohol Is Not Allowed

    A great amount of emphasis must be placed on the natural aspect of a detox diet. Any food or beverage that contains artificial ingredients, additives, or colors is not part of this diet.Thus, alcohol is not included in the detox diet. Drinks that are organic and natural are allowed while following this diet. Some drinks that are a part of the detox diet include:

    • Water
    • Coconut Milk
    • Herbal Tea

    Since alcohol dehydrates the body, avoiding any alcohol consumption is the only way to adhere to the detox diet. Failure to avoid alcohol for the duration of this diet will not provide favorable results. Due to the large amount of commitment that the detox diet requires, some people may find this diet difficult to follow. By now, you should know the answer to the question: "Can I drink alcohol during a health detox?"

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    Types of Detox Diets

    A single detox diet does not exist. There are many different detox diets available, and all of them are entirely unique. Most detox diets begin with a few days of fasting followed by introducing natural foods and drinks to the body slowly. The duration of a detox diet varies according to the diet a person is following, though most of these diets last for approximately three weeks. The best way to find a detox diet that works for your lifestyle is to read about the various detox diets available.

    Many people who have followed a detox diet write reviews about each diet, and reading some of these reviews may prove to be beneficial. Beginning a detox diet without notifying a medical doctor is not recommended, since these diets can be drastic. While following a detox diet, it is important to monitor your overall health. A detox diet can be followed safely, though this can only be done by taking great care. Now that you know the answer to the question: "Can I drink alcohol during a health detox?", you can decide whether or not this type of diet is right for you.

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    Sources

    http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/dietarytherapy/a/Detox_Diet_Plan.htm

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/an01334