What Is Detox?
De-tox refers to removing toxins. This has been a FAD for long in today’s world where we are introduced to various toxins through smoke, alcohol, highly processed food & heavy medications. The idea to go on a detox is to get rid of all these from our system. People try to achieve clean body via
- Detox teas
- Detox juices
- Detox smoothies
- Detox diets (that last for days)
Is it necessary?
Our body has an in-built system to convert toxic substances into useful forms & get rid of toxic residue in various ways. Organs that play a major role in keeping our body least affected by toxins are-
In short, it is not necessary to do such detoxes with the purpose of body cleanse. The only people getting benefit from detox FAD are food & health industry who do million dollar turnover around this concept.
Detox for weight loss
All who go on detox claim to lose weight when on it. And inspired by this, people who want to lose weight go on detox diets.
But the truth is, as soon as you get back to regular eating, you are going to regain the lost weight (or even more!!!) It is because detox drinks & foods are low in calorie (basically low in carb content). Since carbs tend to hold water in the body, when carb intake gets restricted, you lose the excess water body has been holding. (That is the reason you need too many loo breaks when doing detox)
So, Yes, weight loss is achieved. But it isn’t a fat loss. Only the water weight is lost and if you continue it for a longer time, it can take a toll on your muscle mass too
Who & why should do a detox?
Detox is like fasting. It gives your body rest from processing regular nutritionally dense food. So, if you are just back from ravishing holiday or grand wedding feast, detox will put your body on lighter work.
Also, Me being a Dietitian incorporate detox in various ways in my clients’ routines when needed (mind you, in don’t misuse it to make people lose weight instantly). The results are always amazing.
How to keep the body detoxified?
- Take good care of your skin.
- Don’t overload liver with alcohol
- Try to stay away from pollution & smoke(rs)
- Use mask while commuting through city traffic
- Drink plenty of water (not more than 3-3.5 l / day
- Workout regularly
- Pamper yourself to saunas and steam baths
A detox diet is a very misunderstood concept in today’s world. Thanks to internet & unqualified influencers who feed it to brains of people who desperately want to lose weight.
As a qualified practitioner, it is my request to all readers, don’t feed your body anything other than regular meals without the advice of professionals. It can take a toll on your health & leave a lasting impact.
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