A Detoxing Program Is Not Always Safe

Posted on September 20, 2010
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Popular detox diets promise to flush poisons from your body, purge pounds of excess fat, clear your complexion and bolster your immune system, but experts say there’s little evidence that extreme regimens such as the Master Cleanse or Fruit Flush do anything more than lead to unpleasant, unhealthy side effects.
Despite the warnings, these types of diets are still very popular. Removing unwanted chemicals is not a new idea, it is something that is well established but it becomes the thing to do for a short period of time. No one knows for sure the amount of dieters who use one of these detox program, but it is a huge industry so there must be some market for them.
There has been research done, but it is still unclear how much damage a person is doing to their body by using a detox plan repeatedly. Because of the very restrictive nature of these programs and the fact that they include drugs to eliminate waste products a person is not getting all of the nutrition they need. The lack of the nutrients may allow a person to be more susceptible to many other conditions that could make them sick or worse.
The scores of detox diet books and kits out there each have their own take on how to cleanse the body, one calls for spices and fruit juices, another for only vegetable purees, and many of them claim to help a person lose fat naturally, but most of them boil down to extremely low-calorie, primarily liquid diets.
The idea behind a detox diet, which can last anywhere from three days to about a month, is to rid the body of toxins absorbed from the environment and the less than healthy foods we eat, and this cleansing is supposed to leave you feeling energized.
There are several detox plans that have a person live on only a liquid diet that does not provide them with any other types of food. Doctors have suggested that the body does not require these extremes to remove the unwanted chemicals. We have a way to flush these poisons out of us through our waste and sweat that does not require a person to do anything special unless these are stopped by something else that is wrong. Another problem that is created with the detox programs is that they do not always discriminate the bad toxins from the good stuff in our body’s and remove it all.
There are also many other aches and pains that a person might have to deal with when following these programs.
Because many rely on aggressive laxatives, these diets can also get pretty messy. Frequent bathroom visits can lead to irritation and breakdown of skin on your bottom, as well as dehydration.
While believers claim they feel lighter and more energetic this is not necessarily the case. Studies on starvation show the longer you fast, the more lethargic and less focused you become. If you are consuming only liquid, you are lacking the protein that your muscles need to stay vibrant and healthy.
Although people can quickly drop pounds on these diets, the majority of people regain all the weight they lose on any diet. If a diet limits a persons’ intake too much they are more apt to start on this rollercoaster. While people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight in the first few months of a diet, up to two-thirds of people regain even more weight than they lost within four or five years.
It may sound great that you can change the way you look overnight if you follow one of these cleansing systems, and the advertising makes it look attractive, but in the end it is better for a person to learn how to make the right food choices and get regular physical activity if they want to get healthy and stay that way.

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