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When Detoxes Go Wrong

When Detoxes Go Wrong

Eliminating toxins and excess weight in the body is the “in” thing to do these days. Are detoxes and cleanses really healthy for you?

Some detox diets can be unhealthy due to the lack of essential nutrients. They can even be dangerous when they’re extreme.

Let’s look at 3 Different Detoxes:

1. Extreme Detoxes

Whenever I hear that someone is doing an Extreme Detox, it concerns me. Consider how your body reacts to a week with no protein or fat and fewer than 1,000 calories a day.

  • A detox kit purchased at either a health food store or a drug store.

These kits promise a whole life/body change in one week or one month. Think about it:  how long did it take you to get filled with all those toxins and put on all that extra weight? This is not going to change in such a short time! There is no evidence that detox kits do all they claim to do.

All fruit can create blood sugar imbalance if consumed in extreme ways.

  • Fruit Fast Only.

Fruit full of “natural sugar” will create a sugar high. The resulting rush of insulin from the pancreas will plummet your blood sugar level in minutes and leave you weak and imbalanced.

Fruits are high-glycemic-index foods and eating lots can lead to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain. Also, high glycemic diets may be linked to macular degeneration, ovulatory infertility and colorectal cancer according to Harvard School of Public Health.

  • Master Cleanse where you consume lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 10 days.

Lemons are great in so many ways, but my concern is: if you consume the recommended amount of lemons, this is equivalent to consuming 3/4 cup of maple syrup each day.

Yes, there are some nutrients in maple syrup such as phenolics, but this sweet sauce is still 67 percent sugar according to the University of New Hampshire. Better to get phenolics from fruits and whole grains. Caution: if you are diabetic or at risk for developing diabetes, be very careful about how much maple syrup you consume.

The water fast: water and nothing else. One of the most extreme detoxes.

  • Water Fast.

This is the only one that can be called a fast. The only thing you consume is water, no food or juices.  You cannot do this one safely at all.  I did a 21 day water fast which was medically supervised in a clinic with a doctor.  The attending doctor there, Dr. Scott, explained that doing a long fast is like having major surgery.  I was close to death, which is why I was on it.

2. Moderate Detox

  • All Raw Food for one week to one month.

This can work for most if it is done at the right time of year.

Why? You’re eating a wide range of foods with lots of fiber and even get protein and healthy carbohydrates into your diet.

  • Smoothies for a week to a month.

If the smoothies have lots of vegetables, some nuts, seeds and sprouted lentils or beans instead of just fruit–this can work for a short time.

3. Sensible Detoxes.

  • 1 Day of eating very light vegan food

This detox consists of mostly vegetables and fruits that are chopped, juiced or blended in smoothies.

  • Eliminating Foods Detox

This is a diet that eliminates the common foods that most people are sensitive to like gluten foods, dairy, eggs and soya. When you eliminate those stresses the body naturally does it’s cleansing job! There are many popular ‘”diets” like this available such as the Wheat Belly diet. Many people find it helpful to cut back on gluten in their diet, so I teach gluten-free cooking and baking classes.

  • 2 Days Cleansing/5 Days Sensible Eating.

Many people get more results dieting for just two days per week than dieting for 7 days. And, nearly anyone can handle what seems like a restrictive diet for two days.

The 2-day cleanse is easy for most people to do and is the one I recommend and offer.

This is a simple and safe way of detoxing because you eat a very ‘clean’ diet of vegan foods for two days a week and sensible eating for five. This  eliminates the ingestion of toxins and foods that are slowing down cleansing. This can be done for a couple of months safely because you will be getting a wide range of nutrients, healthy fats, protein and lots of fiber from fruits and vegetables.

Caution: Do not detox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, taking medication, have a medical condition or have any other concerns. Check with your doctor first!

Question: Have YOU had experiences with a cleanse, good or bad?  Please comment below.

Check out my videos and podcasts to hear information like this in a different format!

 

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:07AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Noted

2:10AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Ty

12:47PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

My idea of detox is drink a lot of tea and water, but no real restrictions. Thanks.

12:18PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

I agree w/Genevieve L, that "detoxes" are unnecessary and a fad.

4:12AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

thanks for sharing this info.

3:57AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

Thanks for the information and for sharing.

6:49PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Interesting article but i agree with Genevieve L.'s comment!

4:44PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

I think in America,Canada and Australia water fasts would be extremely dangerous given the toxins ,heavy metals that are in the water supply due to the introduction of Fluoride. of course those who have taken steps with reverse osmosis systems to remove the pollutants would also be smart in what they eat, so fasting would not apply to them as they are already healthy.

4:33PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Like everything in life, moderation is the key to use. Just look at whats piled on your plate compared to your fist and if its more than your fist your overdoing it.

10:04AM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Never tried detox .

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