The Detox Diet
Many individuals are touting the virtues of the Detox Diet. With glowing
skin, decreasing cellulite, and banishing bloating forever who can resist
the diet? Many sensible people throw caution to the wind and follow the
Detox Diet after holidays for instant weight loss and a feeling of wellbeing.
Proponents of the Detox Diet claim that our bodies are overloaded with
toxins from pollution, cigarettes, pesticides, food additives, alcohol
and caffeine. These toxins build up in our system which causes numerous
health problems such as weight gain, cellulite, headaches, dull skin,
bloating, fatigue, aches and pains and a host of other problems. Advocates
of the Detox Diet say it helps to purge those unwanted toxins and helps
you to recover from these nagging health problems.
How the Diet Works
There are many different version of the Detox Diet but most restrict
food consumption to raw vegetables, fruits, sprouts, beans, nuts, seeds,
herbal teas, massive amounts of water and yogurt. You should strictly
avoid all meats, fish, alcohol, dairy products, eggs, salt, sugar, processed
foods, and stimulants. The prescribed duration for this diet is anywhere
from one week to ten days.
In addition to the food restrictions, advocates of the Detox Diet recommend
daily saunas, massages and body brushing to help with the detoxification
Due to the severe restrictions from the diet and the lack of calories,
after a week some people start to feel lethargic. Headaches, tiredness,
and irritability are also common side effects due to caffeine withdrawal.
Since one of the causes of lethargy is constipation, more dieters are
looking to colonic irrigation and laxatives for relief. The theory is
that the slow passage of waste material in the colon allows for resorption
of toxic chemicals. However, researchers believe that by adding fiber
to your diet can help clear out the contents of the colon thus improving
Herbal supplements such as milk
thistle can be used as a detoxification aid. Milk thistle contains
an antioxidant called silymarin which helps in liver regeneration and
helps to promote its detoxification functions.
Other detox supplements are probiotics which is found in yogurt. Probiotics
provides bacteria for the gut to help promote a healthy immune system.
Many experts believe the benefit of healthy skin is a result of the increased
amount of water intake along with fruits and vegetables. The water is
hydrating the skin while obtaining the necessary vitamins from the fruits
The Detox Diet does encourage eating fruits and vegetables, drinking
more water and cutting down on processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.
The only problem is how restricting this diet is. Weight loss can certainly
be achieved when restricting caloric intake. But most of the weight loss
attributed to this diet is from water weight and is easily regained once
the diet is terminated. Many researchers feel that following such a strict
diet also leads to increased cravings of your favorite foods.
Any restrictive diet can help you to lose weight. Most of the weight
however, is water weight. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking
water can certainly be healthy for you. If you wish to follow this diet,
find one that is the least restrictive.
For most people, eating a well balanced diet and getting regular exercise
is the most effective and healthy way to lose weight.
Please consult your doctor or health professional before changing your