A Teen Perspective On Detoxing

You may have heard the term “detoxing” or “cleansing” before, but never really knew what it meant. Detoxing is a cleaning process that gets the harmful substances out of your body’s blood stream and tissues. It helps to ween you off the toxic substances you’ve been consuming all your life like sugar, caffeine and preservatives that are very common in an American diet.

Arianna Neikrug, a student at Hamilton High, has tried detoxing. She said she asked Karen, the founder of O2 MAX about it and described it to me as, “really just a cleanse, because the weight that you lose when detoxing is just water weight, and you’ll gain it back when you’re back on your regular diet. Basically, while detoxing, you must eat all organic foods. I have heard from others that you just drink tons and tons of water. Karen said something about drinking miracle greens and chlorophyll on a regular basis, and I’ve heard that you eat basically lettuce and greens.”

You can detoxify your body in many different ways. There are pills, teas, and shakes, made to help someone detox. However, some people prefer to only eat cabbage for a week, or drink fruit or vegetable juice. In general, liquid cleansing is NOT encouraged by medical professionals especially for teens.
Arianna said “I haven’t ever followed a strict detoxing diet,” she says. “But I have done what I like to call push days. I eat small portions of lean proteins and lots of vegetables. I also drink lots of water.

If you are serious about losing weight, there are healthier ways to do it that are more effective and will actually help you keep the weight off. Exercise, eat healthy and drinks lots of water.

Rahel Abebe is a senior at Venice High School in Los Angeles, CA.

No Responses to “A Teen Perspective On Detoxing”

  1. Sierra
    November 8, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    I’m a freshman in high school, and I’ve recently noticed that I’ve been gaining weight due mostly to the stress. It’s caused me to bloat and be unable to properly use the restroom. I’d heard of a smoothie that you could drink that would detox your system, so I tried searching it online. Instead, I got pulled into many different ways of detoxing. I almost considered an on-the-spot one, but gladly I did more research. I’m so glad I learned what detoxing REALLY does to your body, especially at such a young age. I’m considering going to the doctor instead to see what a professional can say what to do.

  2. Vanessa
    November 10, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    I would definitely go ot the doctor and ask, there are healthy and very unhealthy ways to detox and I have learned it really depends on your body type.

    Good luck, good job for doing your research!


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