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Are detox diets dangerous?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins has been around for centuries. Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health, and many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit.

Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
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Detoxing has been practiced for centuries and tagged as a great way to rid the body of toxins and waste. However, we in the west have made this a practice simply designed to lose weight and THAT can make them dangerous. Professionally, I only recommend nutritional detoxes like Shakeology http://michellecfitness.com/2012/02/17/shakeology-nutritional-cleanse/

As this cleanse not only rids the body of the junk it may holding on to, but in turn also replaces it with good nutrition.

Note that no detox will help if old eating habits are continued afterwards.

 

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