THE DETOX DIET, IS IT A POISON?
DO THE “DETOX” DIETS (OR CURES) PROVIDE REAL HEALTH BENEFITS?
The economic machine of the “Diets” represents sufficient volume so that all the strategies to sell are deployed. Despite the popularity of detox products (dietary supplements), they are generally not scientifically proven.
The body’s detox diets are touted as a way to flush toxins out of the body – even more so if you are smoking, drinking or fearful of sports. Specific detox diets vary – but usually a fasting period is followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruits, juices and water. In addition, some detox diets advocate the use of herbs (herbal medicine, etc.) and other supplements to activate the cleansing of the colon (enemas) to empty the intestines.
Some people say they feel more focused and more energetic during and after detox diets. However, there is little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Indeed, the kidneys and liver filter effectively and eliminate the toxins ingested. The benefits of a detox diet can actually come from avoiding the hazards of highly processed foods that have solid fats and sugar.
If you are considering a detox diet, get the advice of your doctor first. It is also important to consider the possible side effects. Detox diets that severely limit protein or require fasting, for example, can lead to fatigue. Long-term fasting can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Colon cleansing, which is often recommended as part of a detoxification plan, can cause cramps, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. Dehydration can also be a concern.
Finally, keep in mind that fad diets are not a good long-term solution – and often fill the pockets of some labs. For sustainable results, it’s best to have a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources.