Do detox diets really work?
In recent times, there have been plenty of takers for detox diets. There has been a lot of hype being built around them but the question is whether they really work. Here we separate the hype from the reality.
What is a detox diet?
The detox diet is usually a short-term diet that is supposed to remove toxins from your body. It claims to rest the organs, stimulate the liver so that toxins are eliminated, improve blood circulation, infuse the body with nutritious elements and get rid of toxins through feces, urine, and sweat.
What does detoxing involve?
While some detox diets are about completely starving, others have a strict regimen of food and drink to adhere to. The regimen may involve fasting, staying on a liquid diet, going in for herbs and supplements, completely eliminating alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugar, processed foods and so on. It may also involve enemas or colon cleanses.
Does it work?
One of the main things to consider is that the detox diets do not mention any specific toxins that are removed. Studies show little evidence that these diets work. The human body has the capability to cleanse itself through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat. The liver has the capability to clear impurities and render toxic substances harmless and remove them from the body.
Detox diets do have other benefits though, they help in weight loss and provide the body with nutritious and healthy foods. They help you avoid processed foods and dietary sources of heavy metals and POPs.
Is detox suitable for you?
Detox diets may not suit everyone and can leave you feeling weak. They can prove to be dangerous for those with diabetes. Some people may experience muscle aches, low energy, low blood sugar, fatigue, dizziness and nausea.