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Nine Disadvantages of Detox Diets

I know it can be tempting to do a detox. You are feeling bloated. You want to shift a few kilos. Not only am I bringing you this information from an education standpoint, I am also sharing it with you from personal experience. Let’s dive in.

Detox Diets are often Inconvenient

Any diet will take some effort to organize, and detox diets are no exception. Ironically, you’ll probably never put as much into eating less as you do into a detox. And what what I mean by that is not only the time, effort and money, but also the mental capacity. Because you are deprived of nutrients and therefore energy, this normally impacts your ability to commit to usual daily or weekly events.

Detox diets are often too low in energy

Meanwhile, most juice diets are extremely low in calories. In fact, some people argue that juicing is just a way to starve yourself and feel good about it. #clevermarketing

With the low energy intake you’ll often notice other things slowing down: you may feel colder, or sluggish, or notice digestion taking a while.

Detox Diets often swing the pendulum too far

Many people turn to cleanses in a search for moderation following a period of indulgence. And this is not a healthy mindset to adopt. It is like a form of punishment.

Some of the negative side effects that people typically notice on a cleanse could be the result of overload. Their bodies could be working overtime to deal with a noxious cocktail of oxalates, nitrates, etc — all from fruit and vegetable juice.

Detox Diets may be high in Nitrates

Many detox juices incorporate lots of celery and beets. Normally, we don’t consume such high quantities of these. Many detox juices are rich in nitrates, which promote vasodilation. Dilated blood vessels can lead to some pounding headaches.

Detox Diets may cause blood sugar swings

Cleanses built on fruit juices can cause major swings in blood sugar — making them downright dangerous for people with diabetes, and potentially risky for many others.

Detox diets can be tough on your GI tract

The fruit juices used for many detox diets contain very little fiber. Fiber is a cleanser. It’s like a street sweeper for the GI tract; it slows down digestion and aids absorption of nutrients.

Many detox diet advocates claim that crud builds up in our intestines, and we need to “cleanse” our digestive tract. If that were true, endoscopies and colonoscopies would reveal this nasty stucco layer in full color… but they don’t.

Detox diets are often low in essential fats

While some less-extreme detox diets allow things like nuts and seeds, hardcore cleanses typically eliminate most fat-containing foods, even healthy fats.

Extreme variations in fat intake — i.e. swinging from high (pre-cleanse) to low (cleanse) to high (post-cleanse celebration) to low (back on the cleanse train again) — can cause trouble for organs that process dietary fats.

Detox diets may cause electrolyte imbalances

Many cleanses involve drinking a lot of liquid (such as water, herbal teas, and/or juices) while removing many foods that contain salts.

This can cause potentially dangerous imbalances in your electrolytes, charged chemicals found in fluids throughout your body. The imbalance is even more likely if overhydration is combined with low energy intake.

Detox diets can create a cycle of restrictive eating and deprivation.

Detox diets — the entire concept of “cleansing”, in fact — can enable feast-or-famine style eating patterns:

• The detox diet starts tomorrow, so I’ll eat a bunch of “toxic” foods tonight.

• On the detox diet now. Not allowed any stuff I enjoy.

• The detox diet ends tomorrow, so I’ll get set to eat all those “toxic” foods I missed!

I hope this has helped you make a more informed decision about whether to detox. My two cents – cut out the excess (ie takeaway, alcohol etc) and move more!

To Your Growth,


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