Yesterday, we published a fairly comprehensive article on the dangers of detox diets, entitled "Detox Diet Dangers & Health Risks". Within this article, there is some really important information as to why detox diets can be dangerous to your health and well being, contrary to what is purported within the advertising campaigns of such diets.
Generally, detox diets rely on the removal of many foods from your dietary intake for a limited period of time. There are many variations available on the market, as is explained within the article.
A detox diet seems to make sense on the surface; you've been eating garbage for a long time and you need to cleanse your body to rid yourself from the build-up of toxins over the years. But what you may not be aware of is that your body already has highly intricate detoxification systems present that do all this work for you! Now, that's not to say that you can eat all the garbage in the world and your body will automatically cleanse itself. Eventually, after enough abuse, your body will begin to struggle to detoxify itself and this is when medical complications inevitably arise.
The fact that your body already does the detoxification work for you, in my opinion, renders these detox diets practically useless. In fact, I believe that they can be quite harmful because they starve your body of vital nutrients that are imperative for the normal functioning of the human body.
A good point is raised within the article that detox diets, whilst potentially dangerous, can assist some people in developing healthier lifestyle habits after the diet has ended. Allow me to clarify - a detox diet in my opinion is not a healthy lifestyle habit. A healthy approach to your lifestyle includes a well balanced diet and consistent exercise.
Now guess what the best detox diet is (without actually being a detox diet) - eating a well balanced diet and exercising regularly. You don't need to "wash out" your body - your body does that for you. Your body can cleanse itself far more effectively by providing it with essential nutrients than by starving it for a short period of time.
If I haven't convinced you to scrap the idea of a detox diet, please have a read of the article Detox Diet Dangers & Health Risks. And if you're still not convinced, please drop us a line and I'll be more than happy to discuss this topic with you.