Detox diets and forms of have been around for years and different companies and schemes seem to be popping up every 5 mins claiming that their products are a must have for health!
Such diets commonly limit foods to plant-based juices, milkshakes and various other alternatives that are sometimes seasoned with a supplement. After a few days of that regimen, you’re supposed to be cleansed of...what? What exactly are we being cleansed of?
What I find interesting, is that 10 detox companies were investigated back in 2009 and not one single company could name a single toxin that their product helped to eliminate!!
Toxins are usually classed as plant or animal based toxins that are poisonous to human beings. BUT to the so called ‘guru’s’, these toxins also include heavy metals, everything synthetic as well as toxicants which are your man made poisons such as pollutants and pesticides!
Unfortunately, even if a substance is harmful, detox diets won’t help! Acute toxicity would more than likely be a medical emergency, whereas chronic/long term toxicity would respond better to a well-fed body not one weakened by an ultra low calorie, liquid based, detox diet!!
We have certain organs with the main function being to detoxify our bodies. Your liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs work around the clock to remove harmful substances and excrete the waste products of metabolism. By reducing your intake of the nutrients that those organs need to perform these functions, a detox diet can hinder your body’s natural detoxification process.
I personally would steer anyone away from this option. However, if you wish to improve your body’s ability to detox, your best bet is to load up with various nutritious foods that can help your organs to work optimally, such as cruciferous and other fibrous veggies.