Eliminating toxins and excess weight in the body is the “in” thing to do these days. Are detoxes and cleanses really healthy for you?
Some detox diets can be unhealthy due to the lack of essential nutrients. They can even be dangerous when they’re extreme. Others are great!
Let’s look at 3 Different Detoxes:
1. Extreme Detoxes
- A detox kit purchased at either a health food store or a drug store.
These kits promise a whole life/body change in one week or one month. Think about it: how long did it take you to get filled with all those toxins and put on all that extra weight? This is not going to change in such a short time! There is no evidence that detox kits do all they claim to do.
- Fruit Fast Only.
Fruit full of “natural sugar” will create a sugar high. The resulting rush of insulin from the pancreas will plummet your blood sugar level in minutes and leave you weak and imbalanced.
Fruits are high-glycemic-index foods and eating lots can lead to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain. Also, high glycemic diets may be linked to macular degeneration, ovulatory infertility and colorectal cancer according to Harvard School of Public Health.
- Master Cleanse where you consume lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 10 days.
Lemons are great in so many ways but my concern is: if you use the amount of lemons recommended then this will be the equivalent of consuming 3/4 cup of maple syrup each day. That does not sound healthy to me. Does it to you?
Yes, there are some nutrients in maple syrup such as phenolics, but this sweet sauce is still 67 percent sugar according to the University of New Hampshire. Better to get phenolics from fruits and whole grains. Caution: if you are diabetic or at risk for developing diabetes, be very careful about how much maple syrup you consume. Water and nothing else. One of the most extreme and dangerous detoxes.
- Water Fast.
This is the only one that can be called a fast. The only thing you consume is water, no food or juices. You cannot do this one safely at all. I did a 21 day water fast which was medically supervised in a clinic with a doctor. The attending doctor there, Dr. Scott, explained that doing a long fast is like having major surgery. I was close to death, which is why I was on it.