Proponents of detox diets believe that toxins don't completely leave our bodies through the body's naturals systems. Instead, they say that toxins linger in the digestive or lymph systems and can cause harmful effects such as headaches or fatigue. Many advocates also claim that detox diets can promote weight loss, increase energy levels, and even prevent—or cure—certain health conditions.
Detox diets usually involve some sort of fast, during which you are required to completely eliminate food for several days and then you gradually introduce specified foods back into your diet.
However, there is no substantial scientific evidence that detox diets rid the body of toxins any more effectively than the body's natural processes, or that the diets improve overall health or cure any medical conditions.
What Is a Detox Diet?
A detox diet typically begins with a time-limited fast and encourages drinking plenty of water and eating natural foods such as fruits and vegetables. Though they often sound healthy and safe, detox diets, like fad diets, can have potentially harmful side effects, and generally, do not lead to permanent weight loss.
Toxins are processed through organs like the liver and kidneys and are eliminated through perspiration, urination, and bowel movements. Detox diets require giving up specific foods that may contain toxins in order to "purge" the body of them.
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