The Real Story About Detoxes

Posted on November 28, 2010
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The is a wide choice of drugs or plans to help a person remove the toxins from their body. Spas invite dieters to spend thousands of dollars to starve themselves in exotic locations. There are a lot of professionals that dispute the way that these programs work and say that they can do more harm than good.
Like other fad diets, detox diets promise quick weight losses that are ultimately unsustainable, and many other benefits that can occur naturally because they are based on junk science rather than a true understanding of how the body works, but worst of all, extreme diets like the Master Cleanse can cause serious side effects to people who are in vulnerable groups. These diets can give people a false sense of security. When the diet’s over, people go back to their normal way of eating. The bad habits are the reasons that a person sought out a detox plan to follow.
Detox proponents say the body is under constant assault from toxins such as smog, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, sugar, and alcohol and without a periodic cleansing trough a detox diet, these poisons accumulate in the body and cause headaches, fatigue, and a variety of chronic diseases.
The science behind the detox theory is flawed. Unwanted chemicals are removed from our body’s through natural processes. This usually happens within hours of consumption. Research has been unable to prove that following one of these detox programs will help a person get rid of any more toxins.
Most detox regimens urge dieters to strip down their diets to the basics of water and raw fruits or vegetables. The use of supplements is another popular way for people to cleanse their systems.
There’s a grain of wisdom in detox diets since it is true that the average person doesn’t drink enough water or consume enough fruits and vegetables, but the problem is most detox diets are so restrictive that they’re ineffective for long-term use, and the weight loss that occurs is usually temporary unlike a plan that will help a person lose fat naturally.
Detox dieters may report a variety of benefits. But the reasons they feel better might not have anything to do with the removal of the toxins. Fewer headaches can be traced to other lifestyle changes such as reduction in alcohol and caffeine intake.
It has been reported by some that they feel a sense of euphoria while detoxing. This is actually a reaction to starvation. Our body is actually going into a survival mode that has been developed over thousands of years.
A good part of a cleansing plan is that a person often times must give up habits that are harmful to them in their regular lifestyle. The key is to find a balance. When a person uses one of these restrictive diets they are often taken it to the extreme.
If a person has other health issues a detox program can be very dangerous. It is important to understand how the effect of getting proper nutrition has on their body and there is a large group of people who should avoid restrictive diets.
The use of laxatives in detox diets also raises red flags among dietitians. Laxative abuse is commonly associated with eating disorders. Laxative abuse can cause severe dehydration and heart or colon damage.
Detox diets promise a quick fix. In fact they are just another round on the diet treadmill. It does not take long to start a healthy life. There is no simple way to a healthy body. Rather than following a detox that is a temporary fix, get out and exercise and alter your diet to include more healthy foods. Keep the good habits in your life forever.

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