martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013

Are detox diets safe and do they really work?

After the over-indulgences of the summer season, many of you will resolve to beat the effects of holiday overeating and to shed those excess pounds with the help of  “detox diets”. But I’ll explain why this is a big mistake despite it seems to be the simplest and quickest way to get fit and healthy again.

What detox diets consist of?

The detox (short for detoxification) diets are based on the idea that toxins build up in the body and can be removed by cutting out certain foods altogether, such as wheat or dairy, and eating a very limited range of foods. They are an attempt to cleanse the body by removal of toxins or other contaminants. They usually involve fasting or reduce drastically the intake of food and take certain nutritional supplements in order to get rid of toxins and drop several pounds in a very short space of time. Many people based these diets on products that are not necessary and potentially very dangerous.

Do we need to do detox diets?

They are neither necessary nor scientifically proven to work. And anyway we don’t need this kind of diets because our body have organs (
the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and the digestive system)
to remove the contaminants in processed foods and the environment, so we don’t need the help of any special diet or supplements to help it along.

Are detox diets safe?

They can be very harmful for some people who have certain conditions like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, digestive problems, women who are pregnant, children, teens or elderly…

They can cause from dizziness to fainting to coma, since the diets affect electrolyte and blood sugar balance. Even in healthy people they can cause problems like vitamin and mineral deficiency and muscle breakdown, what reduces the metabolism and makes you later put on weight more easily.

How can I detoxify my body without having to do a detox diet?

If you think your liver is overstressed, you don’t really need any outside help, you just have to cut out your intake of contaminants, so you’ll gradually eliminate unhealthy substances from your body such as pesticides, alcohol, caffeine, heavy metals methyl-mercury or lead.

Detox diets are a quick fix and represent a very temporary solution to the problem, so if you don’t want to be a yo-yo dieter, the only way to to be a “successful loser” is to develop healthy lifestyle habits that will help you lose weight and keep it off.