The idea of detox diet plan is to purify and purge
the body of all the ‘bad’ stuff.
It is a general belief that most food items are
contaminated by various ingredients deemed unnecessary for human life, such as flavor enhancers, food colorings, and
. The detox diet aims at eliminating these toxins
from the body.
Although there are different types to detox
diets, most of them involve giving up
certain types of food for a couple of days and then gradually reintroducing
them into your diet
. This will cause the body to burn accumulated fats.
Also, the limited calorie intake leads
to weight loss
The foods allowed and banned can vary widely
amongst different detox diets; but generally, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts,
seeds, herbal teas and massive amounts of water are allowed. In contrast,
wheat, dairy, meat, fish, eggs, caffeine, alcohol, salt, sugar and processed
foods are banned.
People on detox diets are also encouraged to
chew their food thoroughly, to drink very little while eating, and to relax
prior to each meal.
The scientific community is not convinced of the
efficacy of detox diet. There is simply no scientific evidence to suggest that
a healthy human body needs help to get rid of waste products. There is little proof to support the claims that
detox diets work efficiently
. Quite rightly, most nutritionists, dietitians
and doctors believe that our body is completely capable of excreting waste
without the aid of ‘detoxification’ - that is what our liver, lungs, kidneys
and skin are designed to do. Most experts also say that strict detox diets
followed in the long term, can lead to nutrient deficiencies and health
problems associated with this.