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According to this article, we don’t need to detox!

Considering a detox diet? Don’t bother

Jamie Lampros (Standard-Examiner, Dec. 3)

detoxSome people will tell you to go on a detox diet, or a cleanse, to flush those poisons from your body and help shed excess pounds, but before you follow what many of today’s celebrities are doing, you might want to hear what the nutrition experts are saying.

. . . (Rochelle) Creager and . . . . Rina Jordan say there’s no scientific evidence that detox diets are necessary, nor do they offer any benefits. . . .  “A detox diet can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, and certainly over several days, calorie and protein deprivation could ensue. . . . Our natural detoxification takes place continuously, 24 hours per day. No self-imposed detox diet can come close to the efficacy of the kidneys and liver.”

“Our bodies are not dirty. They do a really wonderful job of eliminating waste on their own,” Creager said.

. . . .doctors aren’t dieticians, Creager said, and they don’t have the same education that a dietitian has to be able to design a safe, healthy dietary intervention. She also said while some people may claim they feel great after a cleanse, it still isn’t scientific proof they work, but instead could be a placebo effect.

While a few days on a detox diet isn’t going to cause much harm, Jordan said in the long run, a person will start to see side effects, such as low energy, headaches, irritability, muscle pain and an imbalance in electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and blood sugar. These imbalances can be especially dangerous in people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

So instead of doing a detox cleanse, Creager and Jordan suggest good old-fashioned healthy eating.

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