Tuesday, 28 June 2011

DETOX DIET: SAFE OR BREAKNECK????????

Hello everybody....
Yesterday it was a lovely weather,
I hope you were also out somewhere enjoying that enchanted weather as few of my friend made a plan to hang together.... I was realy excited to meet all of them... we as usual sat at Cafe Coffee Day and start discussing and sharing are achievement of our past few months. I have told them that now I m a blogger and writing about nutrition...


Suddenly one of my dear friend, ask me about DETOX DIET. She had lots of queries and questions in her mind regarding these diets because she wants to know the real picture behind the scene...


And this provides me a platform to write a new article on DETOX DIET.


Detox diets promise to flush toxins from our body and improve health, increase vitality, and help you lose weight by removing impurities from your lungs, skin and colon. But actually do, not more than lead you to unpleasant, unhealthy side effects. Still, these super-restrictive eating plans are hotter than ever, thanks to being linked to lanky celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Beyonce Knowles attributed her 20-pound weight loss for the movie "Dreamgirls" to the Master Cleanse — a starvation diet whose adherents swallow nothing but a concoction of lemon juice mixed with maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper, as well as salt water and a laxative tea for 10 days. The latest to join the ranks is Salma Hayek.


DETOXIFICATION


Detoxification is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, and water. The liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic systems work together to ensure that toxins are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted from the body.


The newsletter Harvard Women’s Health Watch reviews some of the most widely promoted detox procedures, including the following:


Intestinal cleansing: Kits typically include a high-fiber supplement, a “support” supplement containing herbs or enzymes, a laxative to be used daily, and enemas. The aim is to eradicate parasites and expel fecal matter that allegedly adheres to the intestinal walls.


Foot detox: One method employs a special type of adhesive pad worn on the bottoms of the feet during sleep. Another approach is to immerse the feet for 30 minutes in an “ionic foot bath,” containing salt water and two electrodes that supply a low-voltage electric charge. Both methods claim to stimulate the outflow of toxins through the feet. However, there is no scientific evidence that ionic changes in the environment can stimulate a discharge of toxins through the feet—or any other part of the body.


Detox diets: A seemingly infinite array of diets is available for detoxifying the whole body. However, studies have shown that fasting and extremely low calorie intake—common elements of detox diets—cause a slowdown of metabolism and an increase in weight after the dieter returns to normal eating.


DETOX DIET


A detox diet is a dietary regimen involving a change in consumption habits in an attempt to detoxify the body by removal of toxins or other contaminants. It is claimed to improve health, energy, resistance to disease, mental state, digestion, as well as aiding in weight loss.
There are many different types of detox diets. Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet that:


• Minimizes the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by eating organic food).


• Emphasizes foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.


• Contains foods, such as high fiber foods and water that draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.


• Detox diets usually suggest that fruits and vegetables compose a majority of one's food intake.


• Limiting this to unprocessed (and sometimes also non-GM) foods is often advocated.


• Limiting or eliminating alcohol is also a major factor, and drinking more water (which helps curb appetite) is similarly recommended.


THERE IS NUMBER OF DETOX DIETS... FEW OF THEM ARE...


THE MASER CLEANSE DIET - The Master Cleanse diet is a combination of maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper mixed in water. This is a gentler detox diet than a water-only fast. The energy in maple syrup is easily absorbed, which regulates the release of toxins as stored fat is converted to energy more slowly. This diet does not produce the healing crisis usually associated with water fasts, and you can continue doing your normal programme of activities.


JUICE FAST - It is another type of liquid detox diet. You are supposed to consume fruit or vegetable juices, or a combination of both. Apart from detoxification, you have the added benefits of enzymes, minerals and vitamins which help to rejuvenate the body. The best part of the diet is that it is easy on your digestive system, as the body can assimilate them directly without the need of any digestive enzymes.


MONO FRUIT DETOX DIET - The word mono would give you a clue that the diet will consist of only a single type of fruit. The diet can be done for a prolonged period, as the organic water of the fruit allows the body cells to clean themselves. When the water comes out, it takes out along with it harmful toxins. The use of only one fruit also makes your body’s pH more stable, and regulates your sugar level.


RAW FOOD DETOX DIET - Raw food diet means not only going back to a natural way of eating and avoiding processed foods, preservatives and additives, but also avoiding nutrient degradation by cooking. Eating foods in raw form preserves constituents, such as vitamins, fibre, chlorophyll, and organic forms of essential minerals, to benefit the human body.
They also come with digestive enzymes undamaged by heat, thus enzyme production in the body can be reserved for metabolic processes. They contain antioxidants and substances that strengthen your immune system. Raw foods support favourable potassium-to-sodium ratios that optimise cell functioning and pH balance, which are desired states when you go on a detox diet.


HALLELUJAH DIET - Many people are not comfortable with the idea of having all meals consisting of only raw food. As an alternative, this diet allows you to eat 85% raw food and 15% cooked food. The only restriction is that the cooked meal can be eaten only at the end of the evening meal. Also, breakfast has to be skipped and only barley grass drinks and fresh vegetable juices can be had instead then. It’ll take some time to get habituated to the regimen of skipping breakfast though if you are used to it. This switch is easier if you replace bacon and eggs with almond milk, fresh fruit salad, and sprouted grain toast with almond butter and whole grain raw granola.


DIURETIC DIET - This not only reduces body fat, but also helps the body to release fluids. Certain herbs like asparagus, artichoke, celery seed, dandelion, juniper berries, melon, parsley and watercress assist in this. Some food supplements and beverages like coffee, coke and tea are also diuretics.


NEED OF DETOX DIET


A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. Toxins include pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food, chemicals from food packaging, household cleaners, detergents, food additives, heavy metals, pollution, drugs, and cigarette smoke. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.


BENEFITS OF A DETOX DIET
People often report improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity after a detox diet.


SIDE EFFECTS


As we have came across to there benefits, it also have another side, these are few side effects of detox diet.....
One of the most common side effects is headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet, often due to caffeine withdrawal.


• Other side effects include excessive diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss.


• Constipation may occur if people consume excess fiber without also increasing their fluid intake.


• Other side effects can include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger.


• Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a 
qualified health professional.


• If a detox diet is continued for a longer time, it may result in nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein (some detox diets omit animal products) and calcium.


• Fatigue, indigestion, cough, muscle pain, and poor sleep can be signs of serious illness.


• Vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems — not to mention frequent liquid bowel movements — are some of the seriously unpleasant drawbacks to these plans, which are skimpy on solid foods and often call for laxatives.


• Because the crash diets can upset blood sugar, potassium and sodium levels in the body, people with diabetes, heart or kidney disease or women who are pregnant or nursing shouldn't try them, experts say. Children, teens, older adults or people with certain digestive conditions should also steer clear.


• News from THE TIMES, states that detoxing is potentially dangerous will have caused ripples of panic among those who rely on it for inner cleansing and occasional inch loss. A 52-year-old mother of two from Oxfordshire, made headlines when she received more than £800,000 after suffering permanent brain damage while on a detox diet that instructed her to reduce her salt intake and consume large amounts of water.


• Another story of 23-year-old patient who had slipped into a four-day coma as a result of hyponatraemia (water intoxication, which causes blood sodium levels to plummet and the brain to swell) induced by a three-week detox diet. Too much fluid and too little dietary sodium mean body salts, or electrolytes, in the blood become dangerously diluted. “Sticking to a detox regimen for a day or two won't be harmful for most people - neither will it have any effect on their long-term health - as there is no scientific basis for it,” Collins says. “But when detox plans promote longer periods of severe dietary restriction, which many do, they can cause problems.”


MY VERDICT ON DETOX DIET
As we have alredy discussed about its side effects, as a nutritionist i don’t believe in detox diet.


• Cutting out whole food groups, such as meat, milk and milk products and whole grains can prone you to some serious nutritional deficiencies.


• For being healthy u need a - healthful diet, adequate fluids, exercise, sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups, instead of relying on so-called detox procedures.


• A healthy diet means include all food groups in your diet and have small and frequent meals.


• Anyone considering a detox diet should consult a qualified health professional and/or their medical doctor first.
• Pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't go on a detox diet.


• People with anemia, eating disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions shouldn't try this diet

Content courtesy: http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/d/detox_diet.htm

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11 comments:

  1. Hi mam !

    But i personally feel detoxing should be considered mainly after a terrible eatout , where you must have consumed almost everything or when u feel heavy so once a month detox where you go completely off dairy to rejuvenate your system to start fresh.

    Love Medha

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  2. hi dear, i agreed but many researchers and scientist claimed that the system itself detoxify every thing in the body.... the system need no fresh start...already there are lots of discussions on your point.....OK if we even consider it, then i believe not to do this detox diet more than 2 days,and 2 times in an year...because if this period of 2 days moves to 10 days or more for weight reduction or any other reason, then dear definitely it will lead to vitamins, protein and amino acids deficiencies... and i feel that healthy life is better than life with nutritional deficiencies.... what u think?????

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  3. Nice article mahak .. never read about Detoxication in detail .. so thanks for this enlightenment ...

    though i am a staunch believer of the fact that all this is just crap .. Daal Roti khaaoo Prabhu ke gun gaao .. or rather i may say .. "Keep it simple silly " :D :P :D

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  4. ha ha ha.... that was realy cute... i an realy glad that you like my article...yes bro keep it simple and healthy silly...:):):)

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  5. Hey Mahak..
    very nice article!!... 'twas gud to know about detox diet in such detail... I agree that it shud be only for a short period... like a 'detox weekend' or something...but we tend to go out and eat junk instead ;)... so its kinda difficult to follow it...
    but.. it was very informative... :)
    Thanks!!!!
    -Niharika

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  6. hi niharika.... thanks dear... its actually you who made me to write this article... i realy hope that this helped you to clear your doubts about detox diet...tc dear

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  7. seeing the fad today for such detox diets, i think that this article should be kept in mind for anyone who's thinking of following any such diet

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  8. yes dear... people should read before making minds for fat diet... because they have a loads of side effects too...

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  9. I agree with whatever you said and esp the side effects!

    PS: Do a quick spelling check... several errors!

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  10. thank u bhaiya...

    and i will do that quick check... thank u for your advice bhaiya....

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  11. Priyanka Khanna20 May 2012 at 02:41

    very informative article mam!!
    even i don't support detox diets at all!

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