Are-Detox-Diets-Just-Another-Fad?

It seems like there’s a lot of hype about detoxification these days. I say, “hype” because I think people don’t truly understand the concept of detoxification.

The majority of detox related information is centered on weight loss (that’s just one of the benefits). In my opinion, people have reduced them to just another fad diet. They’ve become nothing more than another “quick fix” solution for those who want to lose weight, or slim down.

I see a lot of people using such diets to get ready for a special event or occasion like a wedding, “bikini season,” vacation, or whatever the case may be. And then, once that date has arrived or passed by, they resort back to their old eating habits. This cycle is then repeated whenever shedding a few pounds is the goal.

This kind of behavior causes hormonal imbalances, and actually programs your body to store fat!

Don’t get me wrong. I think a detox diet can be an effective tool for weight loss, if done right. What you do after your detox is very important (I’m referring to the transition to a nutritionally balanced diet that meets your individual needs). Are you really going to eat the way you were before you started the detox?

What to do After a Detox Diet?

The idea behind doing a detox diet is to help flush your body of toxins and accumulated wastes. Does it make sense to eat whatever you want without any regard to what you’re eating?

Remember, you’ve spent the time, and made the effort to do some internal cleansing. So, don’t pollute your body with garbage! Stay away from processed foods, fast food, junk food, GMO’s, and conventionally grown foods.

Not only do these foods have no nutritional value, but they are loaded with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, toxic chemicals, harmful preservatives, trans fat, junky salt, etc. They are doing your body a disservice.

The last thing you want to do is reintroduce these types of foods into your body!

After a detox diet, it’s very important to replenish your gut wall flora with friendly bacteria (probiotics). Introducing small amounts of fermented foods and beverages will aid in this, and is essential for intestinal health (and overall well-being). Your diet should always include sources of probiotics, whether or not, you’ve just completed a detox.

I also recommend a mineral rich, plant based, whole food diet. Loaded with healthy fats and low in sugar. Buy the best quality foods that you can. Locally grown, homegrown and/or organic are best.

We need to look beyond the superficial reasons for doing a detox diet, and learn to value and take advantage of the health benefits associated with doing such diets.

Health Benefits of a Detox Diet Include:

  • Helps your body flush out toxins and accumulated wastes
  • Increases energy
  • Helps with food cravings and addictions
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Improves skin
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps with depression
  • Better sleep
  • Weight loss

Personally, I think, a detox diet is a great way to start fresh. It allows you to reset your body and mind. Use it as an opportunity to make better food decisions, form healthier habits, try new things, etc.

Is a Detox Diet Enough?

I’d like to acknowledge that a detox diet is a start in the right direction, as far as, cleaning up your body, but I think detoxification needs to be looked at as a lifestyle.

The following is quoted from an earlier post that I wrote, Is Your Lipstick Poisoning You?:

“While it may be difficult and even impossible to avoid toxic exposure in some areas of our lives, we do have a say in the level of toxicity we expose ourselves to in our personal environment (our homes, the personal care products we use, the quality of food we eat, etc.).

We can significantly reduce our toxic exposure by optimizing our lifestyle. We are fortunate because we have many options available to us. So, by making wiser decisions, and being more conscious about things, we can improve the quality of our personal environment (and in turn, support a healthier lifestyle).”

Start by making small changes. It all counts!

Best of Health!

Shahné

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