Do You Really Need a Detox Diet?

There has been a lot of buzz in recent years about detox diets. Usually they look something like this..very low calorie, a meal replacement drink or juicing, maybe some kind of cleanse, and supplements.  The big question is do they really work?

There are lots of opinions on them, but according to medical doctors nutritionists and registered dietitians, there is no hard and fast evidence that they work.

1. Extreme limited calorie detox diets can be harmful if they cause you to lose muscle mass, lower your blood sugar too much or create an electrolyte imbalance.

2. Your liver is the organ in charge of detoxifying your body.  It is designed to be self cleaning.  Your job is to feed your body healthy food on a regular basis so your liver can do its job.

3. Doing a  detox diet can trick people into thinking it’s okay to go back to an unhealthy diet once they have “detoxed”.  Concentrate on eating a healthy diet year round.

Here’s are some more common sense ways to detox:

Drink more water, drink less alcohol, stop smoking, eat more plants, eat less animal based food, eat less processed food, and last but not least..exercise!

What is your opinion on detox diets? Post your thoughts.

info condensed from IDEA Fitness Journal, October 2013

 

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

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