What Is a Detoxification Fasting Diet?


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A detoxification fasting diet is a restrictive, short-term diet that involves drastically reducing or eliminating the intake of solid foods for several days at a time. In some detoxification diets, the participant consumes only water, while in other cases the participant is allowed a small amount of vegetables or brown rice, notes WebMD.

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Some detoxification diets take the form of juice fasts. On this type of diet, the participant drinks a large amount of fruit and vegetable juices, but does not consume any other foods. As of 2015, almost no scientific research has been conducted on the effects of juice fast diets, says WebMD. Scant observational research suggests that a water-only fasting diet may help the body eliminate environmental toxins more efficiently. A water-only fast may also promote ketosis, a condition in which the body is deprived of carbohydrates and begins using stored fat and other tissues to fuel bodily processes.

A healthier detoxification diet is outlined on Prevention.com. This diet eliminates simple carbohydrates, refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine, but allows the participant to eat vegetables, legumes, whole grains and lean proteins.

Some fasting detoxification diets recommend colon cleanses or enemas as a part of the program, notes Mayo Clinic. Fasting detoxification diets are not recommended as a long-term weight-loss solution. A healthy liver and kidneys help to remove toxins from the body, and there is little evidence to suggest that fasting produces more significant results.

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