Have you ever told your friends that you’re going on a detox, only to have them raise an eyebrow? The rise and fall of so many strange detox programs over the years has no doubt given detox a bad name.
At BookDetoxRetreats.com, we seek to clear up the confusion on detox and offer a wide range of a detox retreats that might be more suitable alternatives. That said, here are some of the world’s oddest detox programs that we think are definitely on the extreme side and should be approached with caution!
As extreme as detox goes, this is by far the most extreme on the market. The Breatharian diet is technically no diet at all as it omits eating from daily life, and believes that the body only needs air, sunlight and water to nourish the body. Followers of Breatharianism believe that becoming Breatharian is a side effect of expanding one’s sphere of Consciousness. Interestingly, it rejects the idea of starvation and maintains that Breatharianism is not the same as refraining from eating.
While we don’t recommend a complete omission of food, we do encourage mindful eating and a vegan diet. If you’re interested in the idea of broadening the Consciousness, meditation is a good place to start.
The Werewolf Diet
Also known as the moon diet plan, the Werewolf diet utilizes the phases of the moon to help cleanse your body. The Werewolf diet believes that the moon has the same influence on the water in our body as it does on the oceans and tides. During the full moon and new moon phases, followers of this diet go on a water or juice fast. During this period, the flushing mechanisms in our bodies are stronger, and therefore able to flush excess toxins and water better.
The Werewolf Diet is based on Ayurvedic traditions, but taken out of context. For a better version of this diet, you may want to try the Kitchari cleanse.
The Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition Diet
The Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition Diet (KEN) is an extreme form of detox, where a naso-gastric tube is inserted into the stomach, forcing the body into starvation. In starvation mode, the body is forced to break down it’s own fats for energy. The individual is also fed a protein solution through a nasal drip for 10 days. No food is to be consumed throughout the 10-day period. Water, tea, coffee and herbal teas are permitted.
If a liquid detox is what you’re after, opt for a juice cleanse that is healthier, more wholesome and less invasive!
The Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse
Looking for a good colon cleanse? The Apple Cider Vinegar program claims to give your body a good overall cleanse and kill bacteria. This diet is less extreme as compared to the ones above as it allows food intake, but it does require you to drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal. Apparently, Hollywood celebrity Megan Fox drank shots of it to help her flush out water weight and lose some unwantedkilos!
A good alternative to the Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse would be Colon Hydrotherapy, where this treatment specifically targets to colon by washing out contents of the large bowel.
The Baby Food Diet
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As the name suggests, this detox regime has you eating baby food out of jars and nothing else. The rationale behind this is that baby foods are made with little to no preservatives, salt, and sugar. They are typically gluten-free and easy to digest. The diet had previously been a hit among Hollywood stars with big names such as Jennifer Aniston and Resse Witherspoon being linked to it. Thankfully, the craze has died down, and we can all safely agree that baby food should be reserved for babies!