Topic: Does the Detox Diet work?
July 20, 2019 / By Addison Question:
I'm starting my 3 week detox diet tommorow. Have you or anybody you ever known done it? How did it work for you.
I have customized it to where Im taking Detox suppliments with herbs and vitamins too. Protien shakes and all the fresh fruit and veggie I want throughout the day... I run too I'm up too a mile soo far...
Any suggestions or ideas
Stefanie | 10 days ago
What is Detox?
Detox, short for detoxification, is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted via stools or urine.
Sources of toxins include those produced in the body during normal functions, such as the ammonia produced during the breakdown of protein, and chemicals such as pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead that enter the body when we ingest or inhale them.
What is a Detox Diet?
Although detox is primarily thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the term is also used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for optimum health
There are many different types of detox diets. Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet that:
Minimizes the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by the use of organic food).
Emphasizes foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.
Contains foods, such as high fiber foods and water, that draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
Why do People go on a Detox Diet?
A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.
The cumulative load, called the "body burden", is thought to lead to illness and has been linked to hormonal imbalance, impaired immune function, nutritional deficiency, and an inefficient metabolism. Signs are thought to include indigestion, bad breath, fatigue, poor skin, and muscle pain.
Some private labs, such as Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs, offer tests that assess urine, stools, blood, and liver function. These tests are not standard medical tests and many medical doctors do not recognize them or consider them valid.
Benefits of a Detox Diet
People often report improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity after a detox diet.
Who Shouldn't Try a Detox Diet?
Anyone considering a detox diet should consult a qualified health professional and/or their medical doctor first.
Pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't go on a detox diet. People with anemia, eating disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions shouldn't try this diet or should do so only under the supervision of their primary care provider. It is not intended for alcohol or drug detoxification.
One of the most common side effects is headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet, often due to caffeine withdrawal. For this reason, practitioners often suggest gradually decreasing the amount of caffeine prior to starting a detox diet. In addition, some people opt to take time off work to begin a detox diet or start the diet on the weekend.
Other side effects include excessive diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss. Constipation may occur if people consume excess fiber without also increasing their fluid intake. Other side effects can include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger. Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a qualified health professional.
If a detox diet is continued for a longer time, it may result in nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein (some detox diets omit animal products) and calcium.
Fatigue, indigestion, cough, muscle pain, and poor sleep can be signs of serious illness. That's why it's important to see a primary care provider for a thorough assessment to ensure that any symptoms are not caused by a medical condition that requires immediate treatment.
Detox diet plans may include a special diet, herbs and supplements, hydrotherapy, exercise, breathing techniques and/or sauna therapy. Although more controversial, some detox programs include fasting, colon hydrotherapy, liver flush, and chelation.
Alternative practitioners usually recommend that people trying a detox diet for the first time opt for a gentle detox diet plan.
Some detox diets claim to target different organ systems involved in detoxification, such as the skin, liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and lymph system.
Alternative practitioners often can customize a program to suit individual needs.
How Often Do People Go On a Detox Diet?
Proponents of detox diets generally recommend one to two times a year to improve health and prevent disease.
keeping good posture will not only strengthen your core but will also add a small extra calorie burn because you re working slightly harder to maintain the position
eating liquid based foods such as natural smoothies and low sodium soup can help you cut back on calories yet feel full
try to have a little lean protein with each meal as protein tends to be more satisfying than carbs or fats
A 3 Week Detox Diet may be a bit too long in my opinion. Try other detox diets to detoxify your body,mind and soul.
Make sure you stay away from calories during the course of the diet.
To your health,
Dr Sharon Bell
Well read what you're asking about: DETOX. A detox is cleansing the body of toxins. Your body is going through a change and it's making some adjustments. New cells are being formed, your organs are expermenting things that it's not use to. Those things your suffering from is normal and expected. That's a sign that it's working. As your body gets use to cleansing processes you'll probably not experience them again. Great job and hope you feel on top of the world after this.
4 a start if ur detoxing u need to just be eating raw foods eg fruit,veg,nuts n seeds a little rice and organic chicken is ok 2,,unless ur wanting to go hard just stick to the fruit n veg with lots of water.
forget about the protein shakes they are processed food.
ive done a few detoxes and just eating raw foods is the best way ive found not the kits you an buy,
people will tell u that u may need to detox 1-2 a year,dont listen ur body is very officiant at eliminating toxins by its self
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make sure you check food labels and avoid anything with more than 4 grams of sugar especially high fructose corn syrup per serving