The Truth About Detox Diets

Posted on October 19, 2010
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The Master Cleanse or Lemon Detox Diet, Fat Flush, 21 Pounds in 21 Days, the Liver Detox Diet; these are just a few of the so-called detox diets that have become all the rage and have holistic healers and diet gurus pushing all sorts of products and regimens that are supposed to help purge our bodies of chemicals and toxins, while helping us to lose weight fast.
Why should a person try to remove these so called toxins? Do your colon, liver, and lymph nodes need to be flushed and cleaned? Can you really make inches disappear from your waist if you follow one of these detox programs that are advdertised?
According to doctors the answer is a resounding no because although a day on a detox diet program probably won’t hurt you, there is little point in following these restrictive diets, and they can do far more harm than good. Extreme diets generally do little more than cause frustration, are potentially dangerous. Most of the people who follow these radical programs only lose a little weight in their wallet since once they try one of these programs.
The methods that help a person lose weight with these programs is a mystery to a lot of us. Most detox diets promote herbs, pills, potions, colonics, and fasts to rid the body of impurities and they also promise a quick way to lose fat naturally, but the truth is that you will shed unwanted pounds, but it is not because of any medical magic, it is because these plans are super-low in calories.
You will lose weight, but it is the not the unhealthy fat you want to lose but precious body protein and fluids. Many of these plans do not include a balanced diet and tell a person to get their foods trough organic sources. The natural foods are supposedly better for the way that our bodies are supposed to work.
Gallons of water or specially formulated drinks along with are generally the only liquids allowed. If a person listens to what is called for in a few of the plans they will follow a liquid diet for as long as two weeks at a time. Not only do they tell you what to eat, but the cleansing systems also have a long list of foods and drinks that should be avoided. Enjoying a plant-based diet is perfectly healthy, but most detox diets go to extremes.
Any time that you follow a program that severely restricts your food intake a person should worry if they are getting enough nutrition. It is very difficult to get all the nutrients and energy you need for good health with such restrictive regimens. Although there are some religions that have their followers fast in a way similar to these programs, there are not many other reasons for a person to star one.
A cleansing system can cause harm in a variety of ways. Many experts say that we don’t need detox diets. There is also evidence that they can damage a variety of our body’s systems. Not everyone agrees that they do any good for a person. A person does not have to resort to the radical methods that some of these programs avow but suggest a much less radical plan to achieve a healthier body. The best way to remain fit and trim is through proper diet and exercise. Stay away from the processed foods and the unhealthy things that surround us. That is one way to keep the poisons from accumulating in our systems.
The systems in our bodies can flush the toxins out naturally. It is hard to not do this. If you decide to do things that are unhealthy on a constant basis than your body will have difficulty removing all the poisons. Because of this there is no need for most of us to go through what is often a grueling process. You do not have to resort to a special diet that will remove the poisons if you decide to eat healthy on a regular basis instead. That can save you a lot of time and wasted money that would be used on a detox program.

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