Detoxification (often shortened to detox and sometimes called body cleansing) is a type of alternative treatment which claims to help the body in getting rid of the unspecified toxins, substances that get accumulated in the body and have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health.
Activities commonly associated with detoxification include dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively or avoiding specific foods (such as fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs, or water), colon cleansing etc.
Our body regularly releases toxins, which is a poison produced through biological processes like a metabolic waste. The body can accumulate both natural and manmade toxins when you ingest food and water or even when you breathe.
However, drinking juice or undergoing an internal cleanse will not help your body get away with these. Our livers and kidneys, if healthy, do a great job of cleansing our bodies on a daily basis no matter what you eat.
Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys, or any other part of your body, and you are not going to get rid of them with the latest detox wonder. There is not any convincing evidence that detox or cleansing programs actually remove toxins from your body or improve your health.
So why do so many people claim to feel better after detoxification? It may be due in part to the fact that a detox diet eliminates highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar.
Simply avoiding these high-calorie low-nutrition foods for a few days may be part of why people feel better but these are not a good long-term solution.
If your goal is weight loss, a detox diet might help you drop a few kilos because it has low calories or it will even help you to move your stuck weight. But if your goal is to detox your system, do not waste your time or money. Your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins by itself.
Detox diets are often claimed to be good for people with certain medical conditions, but they could be harmful too. There is no research showing that they improve blood pressure or cholesterol or have a positive effect on the heart.
For people with diabetes, they may be quite dangerous. Any diet that severely restricts what you eat could lead to dangerously low blood sugar if you take medicine for diabetes.
In a nutshell, we have heard a great deal about detox diets in recent years. But it’s all hype with no health benefits. The only type of detox diet that is worthwhile is one that limits processed, high-fat, and sugary foods, and replaces them with more whole foods like fruits, whole grains and vegetables. This would go a lot farther to improve someone’s health over the long-term than a ‘detox’.
Article courtesy goes to Dr SNEHAL ADSULE, Wellwoman Weight Loss Clinic.