Detox Diet – Can it really do wonders for your health or is it just a bunch of hype cooked up by a bunch of so-called health experts? Well, that is what we’re going to discuss on this article.

The term diet detoxification refers to the idea that dietary regimens will allow your body to dispel higher amounts of toxins. For the most part, detox diets involve increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as abstinence from processed foods, red meat or any food stuffs which have a high amount of carbohydrate content.

The main idea is that with the increased amount of fiber that results from a detox diet, a person will have a much easier time with his bowel movement, thus leading to a more effective way in purging toxins from the digestive tract.

Detox regimens and programmes often use liquid meal replacements or supplements. Other programmes provide the interested practitioners with dietary instruction for their meals and how long they should carry it out.

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Low calorie diets can help maintain healthy weight. Detox diet proponents sometimes recommend the consumption of fruits, vegetables and water between a time period that can last between two weeks to an entire month. Nutritional supplements which supports the liver is also used, such as vitamin B and C as well as amino acids to help in bowel movements.

As result of practicing a detox diet regimen, the practitioner can expect to lessen his or her high cholesterol level, chances of diabetes, insomnia and stress.

Critics


The main argument against detox diet is that they are nothing more than glorified health diets. At this point, detractors claim that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that a change in diet will necessarily help reduce one’s bodily toxins.

Although higher fiber intake can enhance bowel movements and clear up one’s digestive tract, too much of it can also lead to constipation. Moreover, those who take detox diets which focus heavily on water intake also run the risk of water intoxication.

The contention is that detox diets make the mistake of comparing the human digestive system to that of a pipe. This, as some doctors, like Dr. Alexius Chee say, is a myth. "The idea that it can end up crusted and blocked is a myth," he says.

Another argument against detox diets is that some regimens tend to phase out some foods which provide necessary nutrition and energy to the body, thus any weight lost from the diet will be returned after the time period is over. In short, critics argue that you don’t need a special diet as a healthy one will do just fine.
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