What is a detox diet?
A detox diet is any change in our eating habits that is geared towards eliminating toxins that
are believed to build up in our bodies. A toxin is a chemical or poison that is known to have
harmful effects on the body. Toxins can come from food or water, from chemicals used to
grow or prepare food, and even from the air we breathe. Claims are made that toxins can
cause all kinds of problems, from tiredness to headaches, nausea to acne, and even as
precursors to cancer.
There are many versions of detox diets. The basic idea behind most is to temporarily give
up certain kinds of foods that are thought to contain toxins, and then gradually reintroduce
healthy foods over a period of time. The point is to purify and purge your body of all the
“bad” stuff. Some of the diets encourage including certain herbs, pills, drinks or teas, skin
cleansing, or detox baths.
Should I consider a detox diet?
Your body is designed to purify itself. Your liver and kidneys will do the job they’re supposed to do if you eat a healthy diet that includes fiber, fruits, veggies, and plenty of water. Eating a healthy diet on a daily basis will help the body function properly and it shouldn’t be necessary to pursue a detoxification regimen. One of the safest and most effective ways of ensuring the efficient and complete expulsion of waste from the body is to eat a high-fiber diet. Wheat bran is especially effective in helping clear your system.
If you do find the urge to detox, keep it simple. Don’t eliminate any of the food groups from your diet for an extended period of time, and don’t spend a lot of money on fancy detoxification products. You could do something as simple as making the commitment to cut sweets and soda out of your diet for a couple of days. Then let the willpower you used to do that help you kick-start a new healthy eating regime.