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In recent times, people have been told that they need to do a detox to rid their bodies of supposedly harmful toxins. While it is true that some toxins in your body should be removed, is a detox diet really necessary?

What Is A Detox Diet?

With literally hundreds of diets out there in the wonderful world of the internet, it can be difficult to work out what are healthy diets and what is purely just craziness. In recent times, people have been told that they need to do a detox to rid their bodies of supposedly harmful toxins. While it is true that some toxins in your body should be removed, is a detox diet really necessary?

There are a variety of detox diets, but they generally involve eating raw fruit and veggies and drinking lots of water. Some also promote the use of supplements and herbs, and there are even those that suggest you undergo cleansing of the colon with enemas! If you have even experienced laxatives, enemas, or colon irrigation, you will know that this is seriously not a pleasant experience, involving pain, nausea, vomiting and possible dehydration.

A detox diet is meant to be a short term diet, not a chronic way of eating. This is because they are often fluid only diets, and you can miss out on a lot of nutrients from eating solid foods. This is why many people on a detox diet end up feeling hungry all the time, and suffer from physical weakness. So what is the point in doing this type of diet?

'Detoxing' For Weight Loss

The majority of people that look for diets and detox diets are those who want to lose weight. Often they believe that a short term detox diet will make those pounds dramatically disappear. However, nine times out of 10 you will regain that weight once the diet is finished. Any diet that is short term is going to have no long-lasting effect on your weight, and the healthy way to manage this is with exercise and eating a healthier diet all the time.

Do You Need To Detox?

The short answer is no. Your body is an amazing machine, and it is fully capable of removing most harmful toxins all by itself. What you eat has no effect on this, and undertaking a detox diet is not going to make any difference at all. Rely on your kidneys and your liver to do the job without any supplements or harmful dieting practices.

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