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What You Need to Know About Detox Diets

January 21st, 2017

Discover the real facts about detox diets along with a better way to protect your body from toxins.

Detox diets have become really popular in recent years. They reflect a totally justifiable concern about the effects of the toxins and pollutants we encounter every day in our food and in our environment. Unfortunately, detox diets are not the best way to address this concern.

Detox Diets Don’t Work

There is very little scientific research supporting the effectiveness of various short-term detox diets in flushing toxins from the body. If some people feel better after a week of fasting or following a liquid diet, it’s most likely because they’ve had to cut out all the sugars, refined flours, and processed foods that were making them feel ill in the first place, rather than because the detox diet has had any effect on their liver function.

It’s also important to understand that toxins do not “build up” in the liver the way some detox diet proponents claim that they do. This means there is no need for the periodic flushing of the liver that detox diets claim to provide.

Detox Diets Can Make You Feel Worse

Detox diets are typically low-calorie, low-nutrient diets. Even in the short term, such diets can leave you feeling unwell. You may suffer from low energy, muscle aches, dizziness, nausea, and/or fatigue.

If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, a fasting detox diet or any type of diet that severely restricts your calories could actually be unhealthy. You might even end up with dangerously low blood sugar.

How to Support Natural Detoxification in the Liver

The body is designed to detox constantly and naturally through the action of the liver. By taking steps to support this natural process on a daily basis, you can achieve a long-term solution to the issue of toxins in the body—something a short-term detox diet cannot provide.

The first step you will want to take is changing your diet to more of a “clean eating” program. Reduce your consumption of non-organic produce that can contain chemicals and pesticides, as well as the amount of chemical-filled processed foods in your diet. Replace these foods with organic produce and nutrient-rich whole foods.

Next, be sure you are getting enough of the nutrients your liver needs to work its best. B vitamins, zinc, and selenium are especially important. You can also supplement antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid or amino acids like glutathione to help your liver flush out toxins.

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