The Detox Diet Myth

Publication Date: 
Tue, 01/01/2013
By: Alere Staff

Advertised as a way to remove harmful toxins in the body and promote weight loss, detox diets are more popular than ever. We see in the news all the time celebrities and other newsmakers talking about detoxing as part of their lifestyle.

Detoxing is based on the idea that your body needs help getting rid of unwanted toxins in processed foods and the environment. In theory, once free of toxins, your body functions better and your metabolism soars so you can shed those extra pounds.

Although the diets may differ, what they all have in common is a focus on severe food restriction for a limited time period. Detox diets that severely limit protein or that require fasting can result in feeling tired all the time. Long-term fasting can result in not enough vitamins and minerals in your body. Dehydration or not having enough water in your body also can be a concern.

Unfortunately, most detox diets lack the fundamentals that dietitians, doctors, and health authorities know are essential for weight loss and good health. The risks outweigh any benefits, and ultimately, traditional detox diets are not an effective way to lose weight and are potentially dangerous. Detox diets aren't for people with health conditions. They're not recommended for people with diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic medical conditions. 

Eating a well-balanced diet with a consistent amount of vitamin K is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while taking warfarin. The human body is designed to purify itself. You can help by eating a variety of healthy foods. If you have questions about detox diets or are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.


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