Detoxification diets for the purpose of eliminating toxins in the liver or elsewhere in the body, Mayo Clinic advises, show little evidence that they work. They state that the liver and kidneys are generally very effective at filtering and eliminating most ingested toxins.Continue Reading
Though some people claim feeling more focused and energetic during and after detoxification diets, this may be partially due to the diet eliminating highly processed foods with solid fats and added sugar. They also say that just the avoidance of these low-nutrition, high-calorie foods for a few days may be partially responsible for why some people say they feel better, states Mayo Clinic.
Detoxification diets vary but typically consist of a period of fasting that is followed by a strict diet of fruit and fruit juices, raw vegetables, and water, notes Mayo Clinic. They also say that some of these diets also include the use of certain herbs or other supplements as well as colon cleansing (enemas) to purge the intestines.
Before starting a detoxification diet, permission from a doctor to do so is advised, and possible side effects should be considered, says Mayo Clinic. They also say that detoxification diets that severely limit protein or require fasting can result in fatigue, and fasting long term can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets