Wednesday, April 20, 2011

To Detox or Not To detox?

I have forever been asked the same question; To Detox or Not To detox? Personally, this question aggravates me. Nutrition is always in the news with new trends, must-try diets and common misconceptions on whether or not you should do "this" or "that" to be "more healthy." So let's clear up the myth :"You must detox to clean your gut."

This notion has gained a lot of press thanks to celebrities proclaiming the benefits of a “detox” or “cleanse” diet program in popular magazines and on national TV. I think with all of the talk of benefits or personal testimonials revolved around this notion, it has left consumers confused.

Most of your popular detox programs involve diets, fasts, supplements, and enemas that claim that the body needs help detoxifying itself of its toxins. The real fact is that the human body is well equipped with its own detoxification system: the lungs, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system, and liver. It has been found by the Natural Standard, an organization that analyzes and validates scientific data on integrative medicine, there is insufficient evidence to support the validity of detox procedures and the idea that people can release toxins stored in organs and fatty tissues by changing their diet.

You can detox your body naturally by drinking plenty of water (at least 8-10, 8 oz glasses of water), consuming a diet rich in whole grains and fiber as well as, fruits and vegetables.


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