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Everywhere I look I find a variety of detoxification diets promising improved health and weight loss. Take your pick and choose from a 3-day or 30-day detox fix. And, for a small investment, you can stock-up on fresh squeezed juice from popular juice bars. All with the promise to lose weight and remove toxins from your body. Social media is exploding with before and after pictures of slimmed down individuals that took the plunge and detoxed their way to health. But what is a detox diet and are they really necessary? Some say yes…but I have 3 reasons why you should ditch the detox and do it naturally.
Detoxification, or “detox” diets, are a short-term intervention meant to eliminate toxins from the body and promote weight loss. Detox diets range from juice fasts, starvation, fasting, and the consumption of “cleansing” foods. Herbs, diuretics, and laxatives are commonly found in cleanses and detox supplements.
Various diets promote the removal of toxins from the body however most diets rarely identify what toxins they aim to remove or the mechanism by which these toxins will magically leave the body. For the most part, detox diets are ill-defined making it difficult to validate health claims. Here are my 3 reasons to ditch the detox plus 5-tips that promote natural detoxification.
Reason #1. Your body is a fine tuned detoxification machine. That is right! Your organs work hard everyday to eliminate toxins from the foods we eat, by-products of digestion, and cellular waste. The kidneys, liver, lungs, colon (large intestine), and skin help to eliminate unwanted toxins from the body. We eliminate these toxins 3 ways: pee it out, poop it out, and/or sweat it out.
The skin is the first line of defense protecting the body from external environmental waste. In addition, the body expels waste via sweat through the skin.
As we exhale, the lungs expel carbon dioxide and other waste gases from the body. Carbon dioxide is a natural by-product of digestion. Thankfully, carbon dioxide is carried by the blood and travels to the lungs to be removed as you exhale. Do it now. Go ahead and take a deep inhale…and a nice detoxifying exhale. Look, you are detoxing already!
The liver, aka: the Control Center, is responsible for over 500 vital functions. That is one busy organ! Let’s take a moment and send some love and gratitude to the liver! Blood leaving the stomach and intestines pass through the liver where it is filtered and waste is removed. The liver also metabolizes medications and alcohol into forms that are easier to use or that are non-toxic.
After the liver has broken down harmful substances (toxins) its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the colon and leave the body in the form of feces and blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys and leave the body in the form of urine. So, when you poop and pee you are detoxing! Can I get an Amen to that!
Reason #2. Detox diets often lack essential nutrients that may lead to malnutrition. Big sigh! That fancy detox you splurged on may lead to a nutrient deficiency. Two common detox diets are a juice fast and/or a plant based diet. A juice fast includes fresh fruit and vegetables juices, with no solid food, for a period of time. These juices taste great and are loaded with vitamins however they lack fiber, essential fatty acids, and protein. In addition, insufficient calories from a juice fast may result in the breakdown of muscle in order to use protein for energy.
A plant based diet can lead to a protein deficiency IF the diet is not balanced. Protein is a vital nutrient that plays a role in hundreds of functions in the body. A protein deficiency can lead to muscle loss and a number of health-related complications. Therefore, it is important to seek advice from a registered dietitian/nutritionist to ensure your plant-based diet is healthy and balanced.
Colon cleanses and over-the-counter detoxification supplements often contain laxatives and diuretics as a means to eliminate waste from the body. These supplements can lead to dehydration, bowel perforation, and electrolyte imbalances that can be dangerous for individuals with kidney and heart disease.
Weight loss is likely to occur during a detox. But, weight re-gain is imminent. Weight loss during a detox will return as soon as you start eating regular food again.
For the record, I am not anti-detoxification. In fact, there are circumstances where I will recommend a juice detox. Individuals with specific health conditions, such as Crohn’s Disesae, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative Colitis, and chronic inflammatory disorders can benefit from a juice fast. I don’t recommend long-term juice fasts and it is always a good idea to obtain physician approval.
If you want more information and to determine if a detox diet is right for you, schedule a FREE 15-minute Discovery Session. During this time we can discuss your past medical history, specific concerns, and if a detox is right for you. Call 888-848-2669 to speak with me directly.
Reason #3. You may be taking advice from someone that is not qualified to give advice. The internet makes it very easy for anyone to write a blog, call themselves an expert, and sell you a detox program. There are a number of health coaches and “holistic” nutritionists eager to share their advice with you. Unfortunately, some of these individuals are not qualified due to the lack of formal education.
I have had the opportunity to work with some great health coaches. In fact, I personally recommend a very talented health coach to some of my clients that require a more personalized approach to lifestyle changes. Most reputable health coaches work with experts in order to help clients carry out a specific goal. Before you seek advise from someone, I encourage you to take the time to find out if the person giving advice is qualified to do so. You can look up any health care provider by going to your state’s licensing website.
The study of nutrition is a complex field that I have dedicated most of my adult life to studying. I didn’t take a few courses and call myself an expert. I completed two degrees and performed two clinical research trials in order to call myself an expert.
Do you want to advice from a person that earned a legitimate degree and is licensed … or are you okay with seeing someone that completed a few classes and calls themselves an expert? This is true for anyone that offers medical, health, fitness, mental health, and wellness advice. Seek out the best in order to receive the best advice.
Now that you know I am a qualified nutritionist, allow me give you some nutrition advice.
I mentioned we eliminate toxins from the body by peeing, pooping, and sweating them out. Here are 5-tip that promote detoxification naturally.
- Drink plenty of water each day to help flush toxins out of the body through the kidneys. Insufficient water intake leads to less urination and the build up of toxins and waste in the body. Your urine should be a light yellow color, almost clear. If your urine is dark yellow you need to drink more water. Get more information, plus fruit infused water recipes, here.
- Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday to enhance your immune system and the health of your organs. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts contain a compound that support detoxification.
- Avoid processed foods, dairy products, and sugary snacks. Limit saturated fats such as butter, cheese, and red meat. The more junk you put into your body…the more junk you need to eliminate from your body.
- Consume sprouted whole grains, beans, legumes, and vegetables to maintain the health of your bowels. Fiber strengthens the wall of the intestines resulting in a healthy digestive tract. Fiber improves digestion, absorption of nutrients, and promotes elimination (aka: pooping!)
- Exercise daily. Not only will you sweat, you will increase circulation to eliminate waste effectively.
There certainly is a need to detoxify the body. Waste accumulation in the body can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. This makes us susceptible to colds, flu, and any other seasonal virus floating around. Detoxification is a natural process that occurs within each body. A healthy diet and physical activity includes foods that facilitate this natural process. I do suggest a healthy diet and exercise everyday so the body functions at an optimal level. However, this must be a long-term commitment to your body.
A 3-day, 10-day, or 30-3day detox will not benefit your body if you return to your old ways as soon as the detox is over. You know who you are ;)…you stock up on juices and proudly display on social media the rainbow of juices in your fridge. For a few days you take us on your journey and then when the detox is over you celebrate with a gigantic unhealthy meal. Likely because you are starving and nutrient deprived! And, just so you know, if your body is in a detox mode because of the juice fast; that unhealthy celebratory meal just took you back to day 1.
These programs are not a quick-fix. You must choose foods that support the body’s ability to detoxify naturally. Don’t waste your money and purchase gimmicks. Instead, eat a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits and veggies and avoid all processed foods. Do this every.single.day! I promise you, it is that simple.
- Eat fruits, veggies, lean protein, and sprouted whole grains daily
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid processed foods
You are on your way to healthy, happy, and naturally detoxified body!
If you want more information and to determine if a detox diet is right for you, schedule a FREE 15-minute Discovery Session. During this time we can discuss your past medical history, specific concerns, and if a detox is right for you. Call 888-848-2669 to talk to me directly or send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org