Detox diets are designed to be short term diets that allow our bodies to remove toxins from our systems. Supporters of the detox diet state that we are ingesting toxins into our bodies through our food, air and water. These toxins the become deposited on the fat cells of the body, vital organs and in the intestines.
Most of our diets today do not provide enough nutrients in order to rid the body of all the toxins that we expose ourselves to. This is why the detox diet was designed. If toxins are not removed from our systems, then complications can occur such as hormonal imbalance, slow metabolism, and loss of nutrient absorption through the intestines. This may even affect our immune systems adversely. Some signs that toxin build up is present are sluggish metabolism, indigestion, periods of lethargy or severe fatigue, even some muscle pain.
The detox diet is designed to reduce the amount of chemicals that are ingested by the body. The diet provides lots of foods that are rich in the nutrients needed by the body in order to rid itself of the toxin build ups that are present in the body. The diet is filled with foods that are full of fiber and high water content which help the body to remove the amount of toxin build up through elimination either in urine or the stools.
This type of diet consists of fresh vegetables and fruits, juices, and increased water intake. Vegetables can be either raw or cooked and sample diets of this type can be found on various sites on the internet. Anyone who is considering starting a detox diet needs to first consult with a medical professional to make sure that there are no health issues present that would make it unsafe for them to take this type of diet on.
As stated above this type of diet is designed for short term use only. If a person stays on this type of diet for a longer amount of time than suggested may run the risk of having certain dietary insufficiencies especially protein and calcium.
Some side effects that may be experienced while going on this type of diet are headaches. This is usually due to caffeine withdrawal. For this reason, it is recommended that anyone wanting to start this diet, gradually reduce their caffeine intake until this will not be a problem. Another side effect can be diarrhea that can cause electrolyte imbalance and dehydration if adequate amounts of fluids are not ingested. Constipation can occur as well if high fiber foods are eaten and fluids are not increased to the point that elimination can be successful.
The detox diet is not for everyone. People who are anemic, have any type of malabsorption disorder, chronic health issues such as diabetes or thyroid problems, eating disorders, certain genetic disorders, cancer, terminal illness, or other chronic disease that may cause issues with digestion or metabolism should not try this diet without being under the care of a physician while doing this. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not attempt this diet.