Detox diets have been making their rounds online, and many have claimed to see results afterwards. Some diets have veered to extremes, such as cutting out solid foods (Does juice cleanses sound familiar?)
This leaves us wondering: Do they really work? That’s what we’re here to find out.
What science says
The effects of a detox diet may be purely psychological.
Despite the hype surrounding these diet trends, research has not found any evidence to prove that these diets have a positive effect on our health.
Beware of so-called “nutritionists” and “health experts” promoting the latest detox diet – you never know how much damage it may cause your body.
A study shows that juice cleansing could even lead to kidney failure. The participant, who went on a juice cleanse for 6 weeks, ingested excess oxalate (an organic acid found in plants).
Large amounts of this mineral will cause harm to the kidneys.
We hate to break this to you, but these detox plans you’re seeing is probably a sham. It distorts our understanding of health, focusing on insignificant issues. As a result, we believe that with a sip of a miracle juice, we can bring about major lifestyle changes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against detox products as they included illegal ingredients. Some used misleading information to sell their products.
It was also found that some ingredients listed were also used in medicines to treat seizures. Thanks, but no thanks. We’ll pass.
For us, we would rather count on a combination of healthful eating and exercise.
There are some populations which are at a higher risk of endangering their lives with these detoxes.
They include children, teenagers, the elderly, those pregnant and those with medical conditions such as eating disorders.
Health conditions may also arise as a consequence. The Master Cleanse — essentially a starvation diet, comprises of ingesting a concoction of lemon juice mixed with maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper, as well as salt water and a laxative tea for 10 days.
Long term vs short term
After a period of restriction, the body’s natural instincts would be to seek out more food.
The results afterwards? Overeating.
In the end, whatever weight lost would be gained back.
You also risk slowing down your metabolism in the long run, as your body begins to burn muscle rather than fat for nutrients.
“Loose 10 pound in a week! The only pill you need to get toned!” If something’s too good to be true, it probably is.
The weight lost was probably water weight anyway, so it will only be temporary.
The bottom line
The human body is a wondrous creation of nature, and is able to get rid of toxins by itself. A one week diet is only going to make you miserable, and ironically, worsen your health. The only cleanse the diets are going to provide is for your wallets, of cash.
Ideally, limiting your intake of processed foods on a daily basis is more effective than any diet promising miraculous results.
Want to be healthy? Make it a lifestyle.