“I think it’s time for a detox!” said over a million people around the world just yesterday. How many Facebook posts have you read about the latest liver detox, elimination diet, fat flush, or colon cleanse?
It’s great that more and more people are thinking about cleansing their systems. But a common oversight of people interested in doing a detox is failing to determine exactly why they have decided to detox in the first place.
Take this quiz to find out how to approach your next detox program. Please choose the response that most closely aligns with how you feel, and we’ll add them up at the end.
*Editor’s Note: This quiz is not intended to be a scientific or medical prescription, it is just to point you in the right direction. Consult with your health care provider for your specific needs.
Question #1: What is your current health state?
A. I feel great, hardly ever sick.
B. It’s OK. I’m content with how I feel.
C. Pretty good, although my energy and mood are sometimes low, or I have health concerns that don’t overly affect my life.
D. Poor, I experience either digestive issues, headaches, pain, energy loss, or I get sick often.
Question #2: Are you looking to change your lifestyle?
A. No, I’m already living a pretty healthy lifestyle, but always open to learning more.
B. I’m really just looking for a quick fix.
C. I am not necessarily searching for a lifestyle change, but I’m open to it.
D. Yes, I know my lifestyle needs an overhaul for the better! I am actively looking for ways to solve my health concerns.
Question #3: How much time and effort are you willing to put into a detox program?
A. I’m not sure … I’ve already experimented with a detox of some kind so it would depend on the program.
B. Not much, I’m just curious about how I can change my diet.
C. I’m not sure yet, but I know something needs to change.
D. Whatever it takes!
Question #4: How does a multi-component detox sound to you?
This is where we look not just at detoxing through nutrition and diet, but also through exercise and movement, heating therapies, herbs, physical activity, meditation, relationship, and habits.
A. I’m curious about all health programs, tell me more.
B. Scary and overwhelming.
C. Sounds complicated, but I’m intrigued.
D. Great! I need a total overhaul.
Question #5: What is your intention in doing a detox?
A. To learn more about how to live an even healthier life.
B. I want to restrict certain foods from my diet because I heard they are bad for people.
C. To get on the path to a healthier life.
D. I’m dealing with a health issue and want to get to the bottom of it.