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DETOX diets are becoming
more fashionable. But beware:
what was once marketed as a
drug and alcohol treatment is
now being sold increasingly as a health
The real kicker is the ongoing finan-
cial costs of these programs which are
actually doing you harm.
Replacing recommended nutritional
aspects of your diet with simply fluids or a
particular type of food defies logic.
Elimination of important nutrition-
al requirements reduces normal bodi-
ly functions and abilities, which is not
Detox diets -- or what is basically
nutritional deprivation -- leads to the
body becoming weak.
To allow for normal physiological
function, such as having energy for all
forms of activity, not just walking, talk-
ing and working, the body requires a
Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of
Restricting the body of nutrition with
deprivation diets increases the body's
susceptibility to infections and loss of
control to regular bodily functions.
Reduction of vitamins and minerals
produces irritability and also affects mus-
Weight is commonly lost in the form
of fluids and muscle mass. This also
reduces the body's basal metabolic rate,
the speed that your body converts food
into energy and how quickly that energy
The body will increasingly crave
foods, generally with higher calorie val-
ues, due to human starvation instincts.
Once the mind surrenders, a binge of
excess calorie foods often occurs.
A common conclusion at the despera-
tion end of the starvation stage is great-
er weight gain from consuming excess
energy foods during a period of lowered
Australian dietitians warn those with
diabetes, heart or kidney disease and
women who are pregnant to reconsider a
detoxification diet of any type.
Additionally, children, teenagers,
older adults or those with digestive com-
plaints are advised to avoid such depriva-
The risk of damage to the body is
A woman in Britain went on a fad
diet consuming too much water and criti-
cally lowered her total sodium content.
The woman suffered an epileptic epi-
sode from her detox diet, resulting in
permanent brain damage from severe
sodium deficiency. Simply, the body
does a great job at cleansing toxins.
The liver acts like a filter eliminat-
ing harmful substances from the blood.
Additionally, the kidneys filter small
Several serves of
fruit and vegetables
lean red meat,
poultry, fish, eggs,
and low-sugared or
low-fat dairy food
drink plenty of
water at cooler
within the small
limit alcohol and
that are high in
saturated fat, sugar
CPL Dean Cook explains why the current
trend of detox diets might be doing you more
harm than good.
cells and by-products plus blood miner-
als and secrete those through urine.
The Dietitians Association of
Australia (DAA) urge omitting foods
high in fat, salt or sugar, and refraining
from substances such as alcohol and caf-
feine, rather than conducting a consump-
tion of detox dieting. DAA further recom-
mends to the motivated fitness trainer a
balanced diet of healthy foods in sensible
This can achieve a weight loss and
increased energy goal without the hardship
of bodily irritabilities.
TOXIC INJECTION: Detox diets may not be the answer. Photo: Brian Hartigan
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