Sunday, May 31, 2015

Do Detox Diets Really Work



I am not a great fan of detox diet, because I was not very sure about its authenticity. But the husband started talking about detoxes and so I was intrigued and all glued up. Here is what I found…

Detox diet

Detoxification is basically cleaning the blood. It is all about resting, cleaning and eliminating toxins from your body. The main concentration is given to liver where toxins are processed for elimination. But the fact is the body also eliminates toxins through intestines, lungs and skin.

There are two types of detoxes short term and long term detoxes. When I did a little research I found that the diets prescribed were not healthy at all. Some websites advise about a fruit detox, where you consume only fruits for 2-3 days.

A liquid fast is also advised by some websites, where you drink only fruit and vegetable juices. But I wonder about your body’s metabolism if you practice such extreme diets. You will feel more tired and weak.

Long term detoxes

This sounds better and practical to follow, where you feast on organic produce, replenish your body with water, avoid alcohol, reduce the sugar, and practice meditation.

Foods for detox

Asparagus, garlic, ginger, grapefruit, green tea, lemon grass, lemons, avocados, broccoli, water, olive oil, seaweed, kale, dandelions, banana, Greek yogurt, rolled oats, honey, olives and oranges can be used as detox foods.

If you ask me, including healthy foods on a daily basis can work wonders for your body.  Research studies have shown that fasting and extremely low calorie intake can cause a slowdown of metabolism. It can cause an increase in weight gain after the person follows normal eating habits.

Interesting forms of detox

Intestinal cleansing and foot detox which is quite interesting. Special type of adhesive pads are worn on the bottom of the feet during sleep. Another process is the immersion of feet for 30 minutes in an ionic foot bath. It is believed that all the toxins are removed in this manner.

Conclusion

So what do we infer from the above discussion? Healthy foods, proper sleep, exercise, drinking sufficient water, keeping stress at bay and having a positive attitude can go a long way in keeping you prim and proper.

Take care

Swarnam