The Lack Of Evidence For Detox Diets Success

Detox diets rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove. The mechanisms by which they work are also unclear.

There is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins from your body. However, your body can clear itself of most toxins through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat.

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Detox and Its Limitations

Detox diets are generally short-term dietary interventions designed to eliminate toxins from your body.

A typical detox diet involves a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, fruit juices, and water. Sometimes a detox also includes herbs, teas, supplements, and colon cleanse or enemas.

Human research on detox diets is lacking, and the handful of studies that exist are significantly flawed

  • Fasting for 1–3 days.
  • Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
  • Drinking only specific liquids, such as salted water or lemon juice.
  • Eliminating foods high in heavy metals, contaminants, and allergens.
  • Taking supplements or herbs.
  • Avoiding all allergenic foods, then slowly reintroducing them.
  • Using laxatives, colon cleanses, or enemas.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Completely eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, and refined sugar.
  • Several aspects of detox diets may aid your health. These include avoiding environmental toxins, exercising, eating nutritious food, drinking water, limiting stress, and relaxing.
  • Some people report feeling more focused and energetic during and after detox diets. It may be due to eliminating processed foods, alcohol, and other unhealthy substances from your diet.
  • You may also be getting vitamins and minerals that were lacking before.
  • Some people might lose a lot of weight quickly due to loss of fluid and carb stores rater than fat.
  • Severe calorie restriction can result in fatigue, irritability, and bad breath.
  • There is the risk of overdosing on supplements, laxatives, diuretics, and even water.
  • At-risk populations include children, adolescents, older adults, those who are malnourished, pregnant or lactating women, and people who have blood sugar issues, such as diabetes or an eating disorder.

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The word "detox" is used in 2 different ways
  • Medical detoxification programs that help people with serious alcohol or drug problems to get clean.
  • Home detox diet marketed to us with promises to rid our bodies of “toxins”. There are no sufficient findings to support its benefits in the long term, but people still find it appealing.

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What successful diets have in common
  • Low in added sugar. 
  • Eliminate refined carbs. 
  • Avoid vegetable oils high in Omega-6 Fat.
  • Eliminate artificial trans fats, linked to inflammation and conditions like heart disease.
  • Emphasize eating plenty of vegetables and in most cases, fruits.
  • Emphasize a lifestyle change that includes whole foods and let weight loss follow as a natural side effect.
Detox is a myth

Detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs clean and ready to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.

Diet and exercise are the only ways to get healthy.

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