The Dangers of Fad Cleansing

Woman Making Face Drinking Detox Cleanse

One of the more popular diet trends today is known by several names. Whether it's the "juice cleanse," the "master cleanse," or the "detox cleanse," these all have one thing in common, depriving your body of food and nutrients in an effort to rid the body of toxins. But, does it work? Several studies have shown that not only do these cleanses not work as claimed, they can also be very harmful to your health.

Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California says "The body does not need any help in getting rid of toxins." Detoxifying agents are found in the liver and kidneys, handling both water-soluble and fat-soluble toxins. Often people on an all-liquid cleanse have a pretty awful experience. She adds, "Be prepared for changes in bowel function and frequent bathroom visits."

Along with a disrupted digestive system, all liquid diets often deprive our bodies of protein, calories, and vital nutrients found in foods missing from the diet. Fatigue, headaches, difficulty thinking and digestive pain are all common side effects. The extreme lack of calories can often slow down your metabolism and put you into "starvation mode" where your body works hard to conserve as many calories as possible.

High doses of lemon juice, fruit fiber, and cayenne pepper are often included in cleanse recipes and can all work to irritate the colon. Even knowing the dangers, many people still flock to these diets because they feel an extreme approach is what they need to kick-start their diet plan. Overall the approach is scientifically unfounded and expensive, not to mention the damage it can do to your body.

To experience real change in your life, and succeed at achieving your weight loss goals, speak with a Metabolic Research Center consultant. You'll find that a thoughtful and "whole-body" approach involving real foods and meaningful changes is the best way to achieve real results. It might surprise you how clean a balanced diet of real foods will keep your digestive system.


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