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All About Detox Diet

Apr 1, 2008
Detox is a short term used for detoxification. The process can be defined as the body's natural method of removing waste materials or toxins from the body. Toxins are usually transformed in to certain less harmful compounds and eliminated in the form of stools or urine.

There are several toxins that enter in to the body from external sources such as pesticides, drugs, pollution, cigarettes smoke, food additives and household cleaners. These elements enter our body when we inhale or ingest them.

Detox diet can be defined as a diet plan for a type of treatment that helps eliminating waste materials or toxins from our body to maintain good health.

Detox diets are of different types. All these diets work towards providing high fiber, vitamins, nutrients and oxidants to the body to facilitate good frequency of bowel movements and urination. These diets also reduce the amount of chemicals ingested in to the body.

There are several benefits of a detox diet. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:

* Enhanced energy

* Clear skin.

* Regular bowel movements

* Improved digestion

* Enhanced concentration

* Overall clarity of body

Before going for a detox diet it is very important for you to consult a qualified and veteran health professional or a medical doctor. If you are pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't go on a detox diet. People who are anemia, diabetes, eating disorder, thyroid disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, certain genetic diseases, terminal illness and other chronic conditions.

People with some specific illness are not supported to go on a detox diet. Remember that detoxification is not included for alcohol or drug detoxification.

People should go detox diet because a growing body of research suggests that the kind of chemicals we ingest in our body via food, water and air gets deposited in fat cells in our bodies. These days, most of us tend to eat foods that lack nutrients that may also impair our natural ability of the body to detoxify chemicals. This leads to accumulation of toxins in the body.

This lead suffered by the body is known as the body burden. Experts call this burden an illness that has been associated to impaired immune function, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency and reduced metabolism. One can even suffer from indigestion, fatigue, muscle pain and bad breath.

Since detox diets are helpful in eliminating toxins from the body. When on a detox diet people are supposed to consume only fruits, vegetables and unprocessed natural food. You can even go for fresh homemade vegetables on a detox diet. These diets are known to exterminate toxins from environment that can be transferred to body from food, water and air.

In a detox diet, one is supported to consume about 600-750 kcal on a daily basis. However, one cannot have meat, fish, alcohol and stimulants such as coffee. The diet that contains fruits, meat and vegetables in equal proportions is a healthy diet.

Juice fasting is also a good detox diet. Make sure that you stay away from processed foods.

Once you complete a detox diet successfully, you will be able to remove a number of illnesses like weight gain, dull skin, fatigue cellulite, aches and pains and even lowered immunity.
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