“Detox Diets” & “Spring Cleanses” don’t really work and can be dangerous!
Following an extreme cleanse, such as a liquid or an extremely low calorie diet may lack essential nutrients, cause electrolyte imbalances, fatigue, headaches, and nausea.
Additionally, these detox diets or cleanses might end up slowing your metabolism, and making you crave everything that you just gave up while depriving your body of essential nutrients.
“Detox Diets” and “Spring Cleanses” don't help you learn about developing a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
So what is the deal with cleansing and detoxifying?
When the amount of toxins to which a person is exposed to exceeds his or her body's ability to excrete them, the toxins may be stored in fat cells, soft tissue and bone, negatively affecting one’s health.
Each individual’s natural ability to detoxify their body varies, and is influenced by the environment, diet, lifestyle, health status, and genetic factors.
Many people have been tempted by the promises of detoxes and cleanses.
The idea behind “Detox Diets” and “Spring Cleanses” is to temporarily remove certain foods or food groups form one’s diet; additionally, there is the option of taking a specific food or a supplement, in an effort to help eliminate toxins that build up from our environment, diet and lifestyle.
“Detox Diets” and “Spring Cleanses” claim to help a person feel healthier and lose weight. It is very difficult to not get excited about the claims of “fast weight loss”, “full of energy!” and glowing, perfect skin!”
“Detox Diets” and “Spring Cleanses” programs often recommend fasting, a potentially risky practice for some people, which may actually result in suppression of the detoxification pathways in the body.
While following these restrictive detox diet programs, people lose weight very quickly, but often that is just fluid loss.
The weight loss is also due to a restriction in overall energy intake, or the elimination of foods high in carbohydrates, junk food and alcohol from one’s diet.
So what can you do?
👍Try to focus on following a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid cutting out complete food groups or simply drinking juice.
👍Try to incorporate greens and a variety of veggies, fruit, and some healthy fats into your diet.
👍Try consuming a diet that’s high in fiber, and drink enough water throughout the day.
👍Reduce or eliminate packaged and processed foods.
👍Ensure that you consume an adequate amount of lean protein or plant based protein each day.
👍 Eat naturally fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut to help promote a healthy gut.
👍Try to engage in regular physical activity.