Should you try one of the trendy liquid "cleanse" or detox diets to get rid of "toxins" within your body?
This is marketing madness! There is NO scientific evidence whatsoever that any of these diets are beneficial for your digestive system. In fact, they may actually be harmful in that the good bacteria within your colon is removed along with the bad bacteria. The good bacteria is needed to maintain a healthy digestive tract. The reality is that your body is designed to rid itself of foreign bacteria all on its own--it does not need help in this regard. Your skin, kidneys, liver, lungs as well as your colon are the filtering organs of your body and they work fine on their own without help. These organs cleanse themselves.
No need to fast or purge yourself to rid your gut of bad bacteria. No diet, supplement or particular food will "cleanse" your body of "toxins". There is no such thing as toxins for the body other than poisons. Sugars, salts, caffeine, alcohol, etc., in and of themselves, are NOT toxic. Sure, in excessive amounts, the intake of any of these substances can become toxic. But, in general, a moderate intake of sugar (the body's primary source of fuel), salt, caffeine, alcohol, etc. is healthy. By the way, any weight that's lost from fasting within one to two days is mostly due to water loss, not fat loss. Prolonged fasting is not healthy because of the risk of malnutrition and disruption of the balance of electrolytes (e.g., sodium, potassium) and healthy intestinal microorganisms. There is no such thing as "resetting" your metabolism.
The risks of following a "detox" diet include:
BOTTOM LINE: "Detox" diets are unnecessary and may be harmful. Save your money and avoid falling prey to any marketing claim for a product or diet that claims to "cleanse" your body of "toxins". The best way to "detox" your body is to ensure your filtering organs perform optimally. How? By living a healthy lifestyle including doing the following:
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.