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Types of Detox Diets, How They Work, NutritionVista's recommendations

Sunday, August 01, 2010
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Mechanics of Detox diets- organs involved
The prime organs involved in body's natural mechanism to flush out toxins are- liver, kidneys and the lower intestines/colon. These organs have the capacity to convert the toxins into usable form or throw out the excess. However, when toxic congestion limits the ability to eliminate wastes and digest food it raises the toxin sludge. Food (high fibre, fluids, tea) detox is used to cleanse liver and colon.

Liver Detox: Many toxic substances that enter the body end up stored in the liver because it is designed to remove natural toxins from the blood. Liver Detox clears the toxic substances, re-opens the bile ducts, restores energy levels, promotes weight loss, improves healing capacity of the body and alleviates skin ailments.

Colon Detox: The gastrointestinal tract is most affected; toxins that accumulate hamper the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Carcinogenic substances in food accrue in the colon. Whole grain cereals, fluids, fruits and vegetables rich in fibre remove the toxins and improve functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Herbs and enemas are used to remove to clear the remains and rots.

Kidney detox: Kidneys filter by products of metabolism and digestion. Adequate fluid consumption, 10-12 glasses of water daily to pass urine when bladder is full is the best and natural method to detox. Herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables are also used. The list of detox diets is endless and each diet has its own benefits as well as hazards.

 

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22 December, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar When a person eats a heavy meal then they should go very very light the very next meal..its called instant detox, and applicable for all age groups.

04 August, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain Detox diets are touted as a way to remove toxins from the body but they are not scientifically proven.One should always talk to doctor first before embarking any detox plan. One tends to fall prey to hype surrounded around detox \weight loss plan being followed by popular celebrities. But what works for one person may not work for other. Also, some detox diets advocate using certain herbs and other supplements which may prove to be harmful. There may be side effects like nausea, fatigue, dehydration, dizziness.

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03 August, 2010 | Ramya | Reply

Ramya It appears to be a weird idea to cleanse our individual organs with detox diets-liver or kidney or stomach.

02 August, 2010 | Sharmadha | Reply

Sharmadha I think if people become addicted to detox diets, then they would happily binge on `forbidden foods',indulge in rich or junk food and then move onto or a detox program.Don`t you think if its kind of an escapism and eventually get dangerous?

03 August, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy The Ultimate way of detoxifying the body is to provide the system with foods and beverages that help in the optimum functioning of the system and not taxing it. People should understand that eating a balanced and nutritious meal along with adequate fluids would itself keep the system clean and detoxified. Indulging in a occasional treat like a sweet or a fried food is fine if portion sized and within calorie budget.

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