Do You Need To Detox – How To Know If You Do…

This month (January) is renowned for people going on a detox due to all the food and drink consumed over Christmas,
but do we need a detox??

I’m going to help you answer this below in less than 5 minutes!

(Can’t spare 5 minutes? Skip to the end…)

Detox Diets are the go to diets for the clean eating obsessed. Such diets normally limit foods to plant-based juices, sometimes seasoned with a supplement. After a few days of that ‘diet’, you’re supposed to be cleansed

…of what exactly though?
This is a great question that most feel they know the answer to be toxins.

***GEEKING OUT MOMENT***

Strictly speaking, toxins are plant- or animal-based substances poisonous to humans; but for many detox gurus, “toxins” also include heavy metals … and everything synthetic: not just toxicants (man-made poisons, such as pollutants or pesticides), but also preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.

….We’re back to normal words now….

Even when a substance really is toxious, a “detox diet” won’t help. Acute toxicity would likely result in a medical emergency, whereas chronic toxicity is best addressed by a well-fed body — not one weakened by a severely hypocaloric diet.
The liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs work around the clock to remove harmful substances and get rid of the waste products; don’t hinder their work!

But if “detox diets” are more likely to harm than help, what explains their current popularity?

One answer is: quick weight loss.

Deprive your body from carbohydrates and you can exhaust its glycogen stores in as little as 24 hours. The resulting loss of several pounds can convince you the diet had a positive effect.
But wait…when the diet ends and you go back to your regular eating habits, the glycogen and associated water come rushing back in, and with them the pounds you had shed, more often than not with a few extra pounds too!

The Truth: Focus on sustainable health habits, such as eating nutritious food on a daily basis. plenty of protein, leafy greens, and foods chock-full of vitamins and minerals. These are not just tastier than anything a “detox diet” has to offer, they’re also way better for you (and your liver detoxification pathways, ironically).

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Ignore the detox diets and just let your organs do their job! Your liver, kidneys, lungs and other organs are amazing at doing this job already…..

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