What is the Detox Diet Plan?
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 artificial preservatives. 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.