There are several variations of detoxification diets, such as juicing or the master cleanse, but the primary goal is to rid the body of harmful toxins, according to Mayo Clinic. Nearly all detox diets require a period of fasting, followed by a diet of raw vegetables and fresh fruit juices.Continue Reading
Specific foods that should be eliminated when participating in any form of detox diet are sugar, alcohol, meat, caffeine and nicotine, explains Eat Feel Fresh. Drinking at least 3 liters of filtered water a day is recommended to avoid dehydration and to flush out the digestive system. Hot tea with lemon also aids in cleansing, digestion and stimulating the brain. Also suggested are ginger, cucumber, cayenne pepper and maple syrup.
Many detox diets also suggest the use of herbs, laxatives, colon cleanses (enemas) and supplements that aid in flushing out the intestines, adds Mayo Clinic. Most benefits are due to eliminating processed foods, sugar and heavy fats. There are possible side effects to consider, such as fatigue from lack of nutritional intake. Long-term fasting can also result in vitamin deficiencies. Colon cleansing often causes cramping, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting.
It's also important to note that detox dieting is not effective for long-term weight loss, warns Prevention. Although water weight typically sheds off, it's quickly gained back upon returning to a normal eating plan. Because they require periods of fasting and limited nutritional intake, consult a doctor before starting a detox diet.Learn more about Diet Plans