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Are detox diets any good?

Are detox diets any good?

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Detox diets are fashionably promoted as ways to remove 'toxins' from the body. But do they work?

The idea behind detox diets is that the food you eat contains harmful substances that accumulate in your body, causing fatigue, headaches, nausea and even disease. Detox diets vary but there's no evidence that the premise is true, or that they work. In fact, in some cases detox diets can have harmful side effects.

So what are detox diets?

  • They typically start with fasting, followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit and fruit juices, and water.
  • Some detox diets advocate herbal laxatives, antioxidants and colon cleansing (enemas) to help clean out the intestine and liver. This could be for anything from 7 to 10 days.
  • Some people say they feel better, ‘lighter’, and more focused and energetic during and after detox diets. This could be because they believe they’re doing something good for their bodies, or because they’re not eating enough food - calorie restriction can initially lead to heightened feelings of psychological well-being.
  • These feelings do not last, however. Early side effects of fasting include bad headaches; prolonged fasting or severe calorie restriction can result in anemia, low blood sugar and irregular heartbeat.

There is no evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool. Be sure to talk to your doctor before considering a detox diet.

The best diet is one based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein and unsaturated fats. Add regular exercise and stress reduction techniques, and you have a solid foundation for good health.

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Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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