What’s The Difference Between A Detox And A Cleanse?

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Maybe you had a long and indulgent weekend. Perhaps one of your friends recently lost weight and attributes the weight loss to some mysterious detox or cleanse. What do these words mean and how should you go about picking one? This can be a hard decision with all the different fitness or health food advertisements being forced on you from all corners of social media, TV, or radio. Before you choose some random product, it’s important to know the difference between “detox” and “cleanse.”

 

Detox Versus Cleanse:

Both of these words circulate the health world, but a lot of people interchange them. They are different, even though both claim to flush toxins from your body. For the majority of the 20th century, detoxing typically referred to treating substance abuse and cleansing referred to cleaning house or getting rid of parasites. While they are different, both words involve removing harmful substances or toxins from the body.

 

The Purpose of Detoxing:

When you detox, the goal is to get toxins like cigarette residue, heavy metals, chemicals, or environmental toxins out the body via waste elimination. Secondly, it’s important to improve the body’s detoxification pathways, specifically the liver and the kidneys. Those organs are always detoxing, so a “detox” is a way to make sure those organs are functioning without problems. A detox also involves a dietary change.

 

The Purpose of Cleansing:

The primary purpose of a cleanse is to remove undigested food, toxins, old fecal matter, and parasites from the digestive tract and colon. When you are cleansing, you typically have to avoid consuming dairy products, eggs, gluten, soy, refined sugars, meats, processed foods, and alcohol. The goal is to focus on foods that aid the cleansing process, yet supply the body with tons of nutrients as well.

 

Note: Cleansing does not mean you have to starve yourself.

 

According to medical experts, detoxification is the body’s process of turning toxins into waste. Cleansing helps to enhance the body’s detoxification system by eliminating toxic waste from the digestive tract. In a way, you could say that the two terms work hand in hand.

 

Signs That Indicate You Need To Cleanse:

  • Frequent Headaches
  • Joint Pain
  • Water Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Fatigue

 

When it comes to cleansing the body, we stand by our 20-day Full Body Cleanse, which helps to cleanse the major eliminative channels in the body. It also helps to cleanse the body’s major organs and systems, which can aid its natural detoxification processes. We recommend this cleanse, as opposed to a juice cleanse, because you get to eat solid foods. A liquid only diet can sometimes cause digestive complications due to the lack of fiber. Even though the foods you eat on the Full Body Cleanse are raw, they provide you with all the vitamins, protein, fiber, and nutrients you need for a healthy lifestyle.

 

The best time to cleanse is either in the spring, fall, or in the beginning of the year. Start your cleanse now to rejuvenate the body and reclaim your health.

 

Sources:

https://www.guthealthproject.com/detox-vs-cleanse-their-differences-and-benefits-infographic/

https://www.highya.com/articles-guides/detox-vs-cleanse-whats-the-difference

https://www.lesmills.com/us/knowledge/newsfeed/detox-versus-cleanse/

2018-10-25T13:07:51+00:00

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

    A:

    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: I have already purchased both FULL BODY DETOX and DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. I was going to do the full body first then the colon cleanse as you suggested. I decided I should go ahead and order the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN because; well I want to get rid of as much waste/weight that I can. I feel sluggish, disgusting and toxic! Is it ok if I perform the weight loss regimen followed by the full body detox then colon cleanse? I am going away for a few weeks and this would work out much better for me as far schedule goes... Or is there a particular order I should follow to make my goal much more effective? I am not sure how strict the airlines are and I doubt I can find organic prune juice and undiluted cranberry juice where I am going....

    A:

    It's okay that you perform the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN first before the others. The key thing is that you perform all three kits.

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    Q: My major reason for detoxing was to release weight and remove toxins. While on the Pancreas Cleanse, I eliminated 2- 3, times per day. I didn't experience that on the detox. So, if I understand you correctly, I should then perform another Pancreas Cleanse, until I rid the body of the weight? Are there any additional supplements you suggest along with this cleanse?

    A:

    Yes, perform the Pancreas Cleanse, until you get your desired results relating to weight. But, it is also important to cleanse detoxify the body too, not just focus on weight loss Beloved!

    Product Links:
    PANCREAS CLEANSE & REGIMEN

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    Q: I am thinking about purchasing your Full Body Cleanse program, but I am concerned about one thing... too much weight lost. I am already thin, and do not want to fade away as I think three weeks on nothing but raw fruits and veggies may leave me looking sick. What is your suggestion? Are there any foods high in protein I can eat while cleansing? Also, thank you so much for your wisdom and insight. I listen to you on Blake Radio, and one of the reasons why I am buying your product is because you speak with so much passion. There are a lot of cleaning products out there, and to be perfectly honest, I have been so overwhelmed by the products out there that I ended up not buying anything. At any rate, thank you for your time and let please let me know if you have any suggestions on keeping up my weight while I cleanse.

    A:

    If you are concerned about getting enough food while maintaining a raw foods diet over a 20-day period, make sure you are consuming plenty of healthy fats to keep you full and satiated. Avocado, Coconut Cream or Oil, Raw Nuts, Raw Seeds, are great sources of nutrients and healthy fats that will keep you from losing weight.

    To get the protein you need, you can try making a smoothie with Vegan Protein Powder.

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    Q: I am 27 years old, 5'7", 125 lbs. I'm in good health; I haven't had any major health problems. The only health complaint I have is horrible menstrual cycles. After coming upon your website, I've decided to make major dietary changes. I've also decided to do the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, and I've also ordered the maintenance herbs you've suggested for after the cleanse. I'd like to begin doing the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE and the FULL BODY DETOX regularly according to the seasons. I didn't order both at the same time due to financial reasons. My plan is to do the total woman cleanse at the start of fall...the full body detox at the start of winter...then again the woman's cleanse at the start of spring...and the FULL BODY DETOX at the start of summer. Is this a good plan? Or is there a more beneficial way for me to get the results I want?

    A:

    It's a great plan and you'll love these cleanses and your body will thank you (and you can kiss those menstrual problems away as well). Thank you for your interest in Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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    Q: I hope all is well! I am writing this note to request a consultation with Djehuti . I can only imagine how busy you are, so I will be brief. But, feel free to let me know if you'd like more detailed information. I am contacting you regarding seeking treatment for severe clinical Depression. In addition I suffer from a severe lack of energy. I'd also like to treat several nutritional deficiencies. I am 35 years old. I have been suffering from Clinical Depression since I was about 16 years old. I began to address my Depression only about 3-4 years ago. Since that time I have struggled off and on with counseling with a Social Worker, psychotherapy with a Psychiatrist, group therapy with a Psychologist, several medications, outpatient hospitalization, CBT therapy, and natural and alternative treatments such as herbs, minerals, vitamins, yoga, exercise, meditation, fasting, and cleansing. But nothing has had any long term benefits. My Depression has become increasingly more severe. Over the past 1.5 years, my Depression has been at its worse. About a year ago, I lost my job due to the Depression. I then went into a major depressive episode that has lasted well over a year. I'd like to ask you for some direction in treating my Depression, lack of energy, etc. If you have some time, I'd love to do a consultation with you. Any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated. I am interested in doing an intense 3-month fast and detox cleanse. I would really like to do a cleanse and detoxification to completely heal my body and get rid of the toxins, impurities, mucus, etc. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    A:

    Have you schedule a consultation yet? Drugs won't help you. The root cause is emotional and spiritual. Dherbs.com can help you! I'll have an article up on depression by December 1, 2008. Stay tuned to Dherbs.com!

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    Q: I'm thinking about trying your products the FULL BODY DETOX. I really need to cleanse my body and loose at least 35 pounds. After I had my daughter I got really depressed and let my body go. I'm 5"7 and weight 200 pounds. I want to and need to get back on track be healthy and live along life. And I think that your product could really help me out now and, in the long run.

    A:

    I would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMENto help you release the weight (waste).

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    Q: I have completed the Pancreas Cleanse, and I'm finishing up the Full Body Detox, I'm very disappointed! Reason being, I thought I would have dropped a lot of the extra weight, and I didn't. I did all raw foods, and started preparing raw snacks, made with nuts and dried fruits. In fact, I think I was eating too many raw nuts. I'm still working to help my body heal from the diabetes, but not sure where to go from here. I still want to lose 35 lbs, and I will continue to eat raw at least 85% to 90%, but I need help with supplements. Where do I go from here? By the way is their any reason why, I lost more weight on the Pancreas Cleanse, instead of the Full Body Detox?

    A:

    Too many raw nuts could cause a feeling of being bloated, but nuts are pretty good to eat while detoxing. Most people don't have a problem with nuts, while cleansing. Okay, so you have diabetes and the weight is from the diabetes association, correct? It is ideal to first perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the Pancreas Cleanse. If you don't release the full 35 pounds of weight with these 2 kits, you then perform either the 10-Day Supreme Colon Cleanse, or the Weight Release Cleanse. Also, whether cleansing or not, drink 2 cups of Pancreas Tea daily. If the weight (waste), is due to the diabetes then your body responded to the contents of the Pancreas Cleanse (because your body needed it), and this is a sign that you should only be performing the Pancreas Cleanse, and not the other cleanses I named above.

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    10 Day Supreme Colon Cleanse
    Pancreas Tea
    Weight Release Cleanse & Regimen
    Pancreas Cleanse and Regimen

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    Q: My girlfriend is doing a 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE and the FULL BODY DETOX. The papers that came with it stated that cleansing the body will reduce excess hormones in the body. She has the birth control that is implanted in the upper arm and regularly supplies her body with extra progestin. Will doing the cleanse make this form of birth control less effective?

    A:

    Yes, the detox will make the birth control less effective as herbs are programmed to counteract toxins and poisons and the birth control is pure poison!

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    Q: I recently purchased the FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I totally understand that healing is holistic and that changes must occur in diet, lifestyle, and only positive thinking will result in optimal health. I am noticing balding on the right side of my head. Of all the hair care products provided by dherbs.com, I was curious to know if using any of the dherbs.com hair herbs would affect the detox/cleansing regime? If not which would be the most effective in assisting me with hair loss? (Due to financial limitations I can't afford to purchase them all because I just purchased an alkaline water machine that set a brother back)Aside from performing the anti-viral cleanse regime. I eat plenty of cilantro and parsley, drink half my body weight in alkaline water daily, and eliminate stressors out of my life. I was interested in knowing what other follow up actions can I take to help assist me in overcoming this trial (virus) that has changed my life for the better.

    A:

    You have the right attitude and spirit! Kudos to you. For the hair inquiry, you can drink the HAIR-SKIN-NAILS TEA during your detox. In re additional pointers, work on your mind-reprogramming it. Use daily affirmations! Reinvent yourself. Meditate! Perform yoga! perform the "SEA SALT SOAKS" daily! Keep getting knowledge! Just be creative and follow!

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    Q: Yeah it does seem like it would be a lot of pills to take to do a Full Body Cleanse one time...plus the longer term would probably be more effective I would think. I think I have just one more question here and that would be about the Anti-viral kit and the Parasite & Worm Cleanse. As I read they go hand in hand the Anti-viral Kit cleans up blood and Parasite & Worm Cleanse cleans up organs and tissues if I read it right and remember it correctly. My question is which would be first?? My guess would be clean up the blood first since that is constantly pumping around nasties if it?s already full of poisons. The body can only move so much out at one time and if the blood is full of poisons it would be hard for your body to get the poisons out of the organs and transport it out of the body. I?m no doctor but it seems to me the blood is what transports stuff around the body....so am i right to think that the viral blood should be the first to clean up? Then parasites in the organs and tissues...and then move onto cleaning up the acidic deposits thru our the body. ...maybe I should be asking what you would do first? Do you ship ups or fedex?

    A:

    Yes, aim for the blood first. But know this, all of our kits are going to cleanse the blood and work on the organs. Some are just more geared toward certain organs and systems, that's all.

    Personally, we would recommend to aim for the parasites and worms, to facilitate future healing with another kit. Regardless of the kit, healing is going to take place.

    Call Dherbs directly to inquire about shipping with Fed-Ex or UPS. Normal Dherbs shipping is via U.S. Postal Service.

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    Q: First of all, I'm doing the FULL BODY DETOX now (5th day), but I don't know which cleanse to do afterwards. I'm a diabetic and have high blood pressure (taking medications ((poisons!)) for both.) I suffer from chronic fatigue, I'm at least 100 lbs overweight, and I have chronic lower back pain. I'm just pretty much a very toxic woman! The programs I'm looking at taking after the detox are: PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN , TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and the PARASITE AND WORM CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Now, I just don't know in which order to take them, or if I even need others, or maybe not all of them. May I have your suggestions please as to where I go after the detox?

    A:

    After FULL BODY DETOX perform the following in this order: PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN , WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, PARASITE AND WORM CLEANSE AND REGIMEN

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    Q: I read the food chart for the FULL BODY DETOX. Is it ok to eat the cream of wheat while detoxing? I'm confused because on the food chart it mentioned alot of different foods, but it tell you the best thing to do is a all raw food diet such as salads and fruit, smoothies... I also plan to do the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN right after the FULL BODY DETOX and that requires a all raw food diet as well. So that means 2 months of strictly raw foods right? :( Its tough but I am determined too get rid of this hsv1 & hsv 2

    A:

    I suggest you read the article â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS†as it will help you to understand what to eat and what not to eat on the FULL BODY DETOX. Yes, all raw foods for 2 months (to the best of your ability, Beloved). YOU CAN DO IT, BELOVED! Did you read our "GENITAL HERPES" article?

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    Q: I know 2 people that have used the full body cleanse and the Anti Viral Kit and are now herpes free. I have recently purchased the Full Body Cleanse as well as the Anti Viral Kit. I started the Full Body Cleanse 2 days ago and I am already starting to have a breakout. Actually it is only my second outbreak ever (I had my first 4 months ago). Is it normal to have an outbreak during the detox this quick? My next question, your food guide says that you can eat raw food only during the detox. Would it be unacceptable to eat sashimi while taking the kit?

    A:

     

    Breakout means healing! The body is discharging via the skin, the largest channel of elimination. Keep up with the cleanse to achieve best results.

    Sashimi is not permitted in a raw foods diet, as it is fish. Read the article WHAT IS RAW FOODS on our site under ARTICLES.

    Additional food recipes are listed in our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

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    Q: Hi D, I began the FULL BODY DETOX this AM - Sun.13th. In the past I have experienced high blood pressure (BP) in about the 130/88-95 range. I have personally chosen not to take prescription meds for this but instead to lower it naturally. I have been taking Ultimate Omega, CoQ-10 (100mg), Magnesium, Super Calcium (1200mg)and Kyolic (6x day). I thought to monitor my BP while on this cleanse. I took my first reading @ 6:50 (164/95) pulse 66. Took second reading @ 9:45 (175/101) p- 66. By taking the herbs will this cause my BP to rise? what might be the cause of this and what recommondations might you be able to share with me. Also, I have not been taking my above pills while cleansing - not sure if I was to or stick strictly to the cleanse.

    A:

    Your BP is self-regulating itself so numbers will fluctuate. Don't panic or worry! Trust in your body's natural healing process! With healing it's Ordo Ab Chao: order (stability) out of chaos! And by all means strictly stick to the cleanse! You''ll be fine!

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    Q: I would like to purchase both the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and FULL BODY DETOX. I notice that each last for 3 weeks. I need to take it (I'm 38) and so does my 16-year-old daughter, however, my budget allows the purchase of 1 of each of the 2 systems. Is it possible for us to split each system and still receive the same benefits by perhaps adding another one of your supplements into the mix? In other words we would each take the Detox for a week and a half instead of 3 weeks and could possibly stretch it to 2 1/2 - 3 weeks by adding in another supplement. We could do the same with the weight release by stretching the supplements. If it calls for 3 a day, take 2 a day.

    A:

    NOT RECOMMENDED! NOT RECOMMENDED! FULL BODY DETOX. THE DETOX MUST BE TAKEN FOR 20 DAYS FOR THE BENEFITS.

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    Q: A friend of mine purchased the Full Body Cleanse for me but I am a little hesitant about starting the cleanse. I am afraid that I won't be able to go through with it and that maybe I am doing it for all the wrong reasons.I used to weight 140 pounds in high school, but after I went away to college stress and poor eating habits I gained 50 pounds.I have tried a few different things and when I did not notice results I stopped them. Will it be different this time? Will I actually lose weight? I was also considering trying The Female Cleanse after the Full Body Cleanse. Would that also help with weight loss?

    A:

    If you follow the diet and take the herbs as recommended you will 100% loose weight. Not only will you be expelling toxins from your system with help of the herbs but you will also be adapting to a raw vegan diet. The diet alone will help you loose weight.
    The Female Cleanse is not design for weigh loss. If weight is what you are focused on then you should perform the Weight Release Cleanse, once you have performed the Full Body Cleanse that is. Never hesitate to call us at 866-434-3727, we would be more than pleased to walk you and guide you through the process.

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    Q: Hello, I'm very interested in your Full Body Cleanse programs, but I'm confused, as to what program would be best for me. I have a lot of trouble with taking herbs in pill or capsule form. It's either extremely hard for me to get them down, or they just pop right back up. I was interested in the Full body cleanse in the capsule form, after reading the description on your site, but I don't know if I should buy it in Children's Detox & just take more than the recommended dose (I'm 27 yrs. old), or should I buy the Full Body Cleanse Tea, is the tea the same as the capsules, is it as effective as the capsules? When doing the cleanse can you eat steamed veggies? Will I see gallstones in my poop? How many capsules, how often? Can I open the capsules, & put them in tea? Do you have any advice on vitamins, whole food supplements?

    A:

    We offer a liquid alternative Full Body Liquid Cleanse for those that have trouble swallowing capsules. You may also order the regular Full Body Cleanse and open adn empty the content of the capsules into water or fresh fruit juice.

    During the cleanse, we recommend an all RAW FOODS diet. Vegetables should be eaten raw, and not steamed, as to retain their nutritional content.

    In the Full Body Cleanse (with capsules), there are 6 formulas to take 2-3 hours apart, 5 capsules at a time.

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    Q: I just finished my Full Body Cleanse Program, which started out rough for me (I was very toxic) but left me feeling my best ever. Thank you for such a wonderful product! Now that I've completed the detox, I am now ready for your Weight Release Kit. Now is the perfect time for me to start since I'm clean from various toxins. Let me know. I just love you all for helping me and for offering the informative articles and products that you have available. Thanks so much, again. Your loyal consumer.

    A:

    Glad you're feeling great!

    You can purchase the Weight Release Kit directly from our site.