Detox diets claim to help you rid your body of toxins through a combination of fasting, juicing, teas, herbs and raw foods. Is there any truth to the claim?
Turns out, the only medically sound definition of detox is associated with treating individuals who have drug addictions. The fact is that a normal, healthy body is detoxifying all the time. Toxins don’t have a chance to build up because the kidneys and the liver are working around the clock to excrete the chemicals and things that your body takes in, but are dangerous. Your skin and lungs also excrete toxins as part of their normal functioning.
A body that can’t excrete toxins naturally would require serious medical care or face the risk of death.
There’s a lot of talk about toxins as poisonous substances that are either ingested with food intake or inhaled from a polluted environment, but there appears to be no scientific evidence that names or measures these “toxins”. There appears to be no scientific evidence that if you drink this tea or submit to a colonic irrigation or ingest this herb, you will reduce anything besides the amount of money in your wallet.
If products that claim to detox are bogus, why do people claim that they feel better after a detox? Some of it, naturally, may be the placebo effect, in which what you believe changes how you experience physical symptoms. But more likely, it’s because a typical detox regimen will take you off animal products, processed foods, sugar and alcohol. The improvement comes from what you take out of your diet during a detox, not what you put in.
Are “detox diets” merely ineffective or are they actually bad for you? You might want to check with your doctor and share the plan you have in mind. You’ll likely be severely limiting protein intake and if you’re fasting for more than a day, you can be slammed with fatigue. Also, the enemas or colonic irrigation can cause side effects like cramping, bloating or nausea, even vomiting. And you have to monitor your urine to make sure you’re not getting dehydrated.
A few days on a detox diet might be a way you get a jump start on healthier eating habits, but it doesn’t replace the long-term solution of a Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon coupled with a healthy diet.
Author: Rebeca Espinoza