Detox Diet


A detox diet is a dietary regimen involving a change in consumption habits in an attempt to detoxify the body by removal of toxins or other contaminants. It is claimed to improve health, energy, resistance to disease, mental state, digestion, as well as aiding in weight loss.
Various methods of modifying the diet for the said purpose of detoxification include:
Fasting, including water fasting and juice fasting.
Increased consumption of fish such as salmon
Food combining.
Caloric restriction.
Herbal detox (if one considers herbs food and not a form of drug).
Detox diets usually suggest that fruits and vegetables compose a majority of one’s food intake. Limiting this to unprocessed (and sometimes also non-GM) foods is often advocated. Limiting or eliminating alcohol is also a major factor, and drinking more water (which helps curb appetite) is similarly recommended.
Some proponents of detox diets would emphasize it as a lifestyle, rather than a diet. It has made some appearances in the media, such as the film Super-Size Me. Literary references include “Ultimate Lifetime Diet” by Gary Null advocating veganism as a (lifestyle) method of detoxification.
If there is a rapid shift in diet that results in toxin release into the bloodstream faster than the body can eliminate it (such as burning fat that stores toxins), the body can become polluted in what is called the Herxheimer reaction.
Critics point out that the human liver, kidneys, lungs and skin have evolved to adequately expel environmental contaminants and are perfectly equipped to continue to do so unassisted. It has been posited that some fruits and vegetables may actually contain more natural toxins than animal substances such which hampers weight loss efforts unless calories are lessened further in the diet.
While many people have provided testimonials to their health improvements in following a detox diet lifestyle, some of these people may have started the detox diet after coming off an unhealthy diet high in sugar and processed food that may lack nutrients. Any improvements cited from such people would only prove the effectiveness of a detox diet over an average diet, and not that it is the ideal diet that doesn’t carry its own unique health risks.