It seems like every time I turn around, there’s another detox diet popping up. Does that mean they really work? Honestly, the jury is still out.
Let’s start by looking at what a detox diet is, really. There are so many different versions, but detox dieters are usually instructed to:
- Eat little to no food for a short period of time.
- Often live on juice or water and vitamins for a set period (often about a week or two).
The idea is that you’re giving your body a break, so your natural detoxification system can work more efficiently and clear more junk out of your system.
Some swear by detox diets and others say there’s no evidence that they work at all (which essentially means that there haven’t been studies published in peer-reviewed journals yet).
So, where do I stand? Personally, I think if we just get out of the way, our bodies will detox just fine. And by “get out of the way,” I mean stop bombarding the body with unnatural foods and beverages that are filled with toxic chemicals and start giving it more of the good stuff it needs.
When I start thinking it’s time to boost my body’s detoxification powers, I do the following:
1. Drink more water – Water helps flush toxins out of the body, which is why it’s usually a major part of detox diets (there is a limit to how much water your body can process in a day-talk to your Dr. to determine a good level for you).
2. Up my fiber intake – Fiber isn’t trendy, but it’s an amazing dietary tool for cleansing out the body.
3. Stop eating anything that comes out of a package – The body works best when it’s given nature’s best, which comes from a vine, not a package.
4. Eat more raw fruits and veggies – Not only do raw fruits and veggies have more nutrients that help your body function properly, but they also contain more water to help flush toxins out of your system.