Do Detox Diets Work?
Dropping by to learn about how detox diets may help you drop some pounds and toxins? Great, you came to the right place—because we aren’t selling a detox diet, juice, coffee enema or pill, so we are completely objective. Something you should always seek when making decisions about your body, hottie.
Colon cleanses, juicing and enemas, Oh MY!
Touted for being the ‘kickstart’ to a fitter lifestyle, detox diets can come in many forms, but they all share a similar quality: they promise to rid the body of accumulated toxins to reduce the risk of disease, jump start weight loss and improve health.
This detoxification theory extends back into the Ancient Egyptian times where they believed certain foods rotted and produced toxins that could be harmful to health.
They would ingest herbs, take enemas, partake in bloodletting, forced vomiting and even cupping in an attempt to improve health.
But, as great as they were at building pyramids and majestic half-human half-lion sculptures, (that’s the sphinx, silly) there has yet to be any true benefits identified by science of any of these techniques.
Maple syrup and cayenne pepper sounds appealing (why?) it’s likely not helping and actually could be hurting you.
In fact, there are more studies proving detox diets can be harmful, a waste of money and offer no benefit. As in this case— a woman suffered permanent brain damage from following the instructions for her detox diet. Still, we continue to see a growing interest in detox dieting with testimonials of people raving how it worked for their weight loss and health. Well, let’s chat about why some of their claims may be true.
How Detox Diets Work
Most detoxification diets work by depriving your body and creating the illusion of weight loss. While weight can be lost—you should know what kind.
Most ‘detox diets’ lack protein and other essential nutrients. Couple that with laxatives and it can wreak havoc on the body; causing dehydration, depleted electrolytes, disrupted natural intestinal flora and adverse effects on the acid-base balance which can lead to a litany of issues, including death. Whoa—sorry to get so dark, but the dangers are real.
Some detox diets rely on reducing water in the body which will give the illusion of weight loss, but it can merely be water weight—which will return when you begin consuming recommended amounts of water. Others rely on fasting and colon cleansing….well, if you understand how the body works, if you’re not taking in food and expediting evacuation, you’re losing feces weight. Is that what you want to lose? Because that’s a bunch of bullsh—feces. That’s not healthy and that’s not how you retain results.
Detox diets can indeed aid in weight loss, because a common pattern is to remove processed, sugary and fatty foods from the diet for an extended period of time. This is a no-brainer—you don’t need maple syrup and lemonade to lose weight—just eat healthier foods. Eating healthier will help you lose healthy weight, maintain muscle and vitamins while not posing risks to your health. Removing these processed and high sugar foods from your diet can also give you the same ‘great feeling’ detoxers tout when they complete their 10-30 day detox plans. It’s because they didn’t have donuts and burgers for a few weeks. Try it—you’ll see how much better you feel just by eliminating the junk food.
Why You Don’t Need a Detox Diet
Our bodies have built in detoxification systems. Big players in the detox game are the liver, kidneys and skin. Yaasss! Once again, our bodies got our backs…or rather, our backs are on our bodies. Er…um… You get where we’re going here.
The kidneys and liver are made to filter and eliminate toxins from the body on a daily basis. Thanks body.
Most toxic substances are inactivated by the liver and then are sent to the kidneys to expel in urine or to the intestines to be evacuated 17 minutes after your first cup of coffee.
The kidneys also filter the blood and remove harmful substances.
You’ve heard the phrase ‘sweat it out’—toxins can be sweated from our skin to remove them from inside our bodies, too.
Finally, the lymph system plays a complex role in fighting off toxins and disease through filtering fluids and producing white blood cells to attack trespassing toxins.
Eat Healthy, Exercise, Let Your Body do The Detox
So what does the detox diet boil down to? While you may lose weight because of restricting your diet and removing processed and junk foods, you’re not truly achieving what you think you are. Your body is taking care of the detox already, and when you disrupt the homeostasis our bodies got going on with stressors- like too much or too little water, excess laxatives, juice only diets and the like—you’re putting it in overdrive….you may actually cause more damage than any indirect benefit received.
Just eat healthy. Learn about nutrition. You don’t have to eat less, you have to eat right. Help your body with the detox process by ensuring you’re feeding it the right nutrients so it is equipped to do its job—keep you alive and thriving.
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