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Is detoxing the body mere nonsense?

fruits-and-veggiesPeople traveling on the healthy lifestyle and weight loss train might just be a little peeved to hear that the idea of detoxing the body is nothing more than mere “nonsense,” as Rick Miller, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (BDA), claims.

“It’s a complete fallacy that the body needs to detox. Removal of waste products antoxins is a continuous process and we don’t need to periodically flush them out. The body does a perfectly good job of eliminating any substances on its own,” said Miller.

Miller is not alone, as health experts on other well respected health websites such as WebMD also question the science underpinning this now popular practice, with some professionals actually suggesting that detox diets lack science to support their use. The general view by the health experts is that detox diets can be harmful, especially when not used with extra care, particularly because they can be nutritionally restrictive.

Detoxing usually involves drinking cleansing fruit and vegetable juices, drinking pure water and teas, taking pills, and abstaining from specific foods. The process of detoxing is supposed to purge the body of the harmful toxins ingested in foods such as red meat, impure water, sugar, caffeine, processed foods, alcohol, and from environmental sources such as pesticides and other chemicals and polluted air.

Once purged, “good” food should then be gradually reintroduced to body, in some instances, starting with liquid diets then moving into vegetables, fruits, and brown rice.

The “science” behind detoxing diets is based on an understanding that the body holds on to toxic substances and that these toxins should be removed to allow the body to function at its optimum and also to assist the body to maintain an ideal weight.

Miller states that most detoxing regimes deprive the body of critical vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids. The crucial nutrient, protein, is also often missing from many juicing and detoxing regimes which actually defeats the purpose of detoxing if weight loss was one of the goals.

No protein means losing muscle mass, which means that the body is losing one of its major allies in speeding up body metabolism and burning calories, thus slowing down weight loss.

So, are you still into detoxing?

Sources

https://metro.co.uk/2014/03/24/the-detox-myth-trust-your-body-and-stop-wasting-money-on-juices-4675501/

https://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-liver-detox-diets-liver-cleansing

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  1. Daprof

    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This article is another good reason not to listen to dieticians who are trained by the medical establishment and have no clue about the importance of fasting and detoxification regimes that can keep us healthy and build stronger immune systems.

    I suppose Dr. Rick Miller would rather have you take toxic, expensive drugs when you are sick instead. And perhaps Dr. Miller should consider the side effects of using steroids and losing your hair..

    There are, however, many good intelligent doctors who tend to disagree with Dr. Rick Miller:

    “I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves and spiritual capacities expands.”
    Gabriel Cousins, M.D.

    “I must say in all seriousness that fasting when combined with a properly selected diet is the nearest approach to a ‘cure-all’ that is possible to conceive–profoundly simple and simply profound!”
    John Tilden, M.D.

    “Fasting is the strongest appeal to the human being’s natural powers of healing and self-rejuvenation, on both a spiritual and corporeal level.”
    Heinz Fahrner, M.D.

    “Man is the only ‘animal’ who persists in eating when he is sick, even though he may have no appetite and food makes him nauseous.”
    Alan Cott, M.D

    “From a medical point of view, I believe that fasing is not utilized often enough.” “fasting is one of the best overall healing methods because it can be applied to so many conditions and people.”
    Elson Haas, M.D.

    “The body’s wondrous ability to autolyze (or self-digest) and destroy needless tissue such as fat, tumors, blood vessel plaque, and other nonessential and diseased tissues, while conserving essential tissues, gives the fast the ability to restore physiologic youth to the system. By removing or lessening the burden of diseased tissue, including the fatty tissue narrowing the blood vessels, fasting increases the blood flow and subsequent oxygenation and nutrient delivery to vital organs throughout the body.”
    Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

    “Fasting creates a condition of low concentration of toxic wastes in the circulatory system. This is sensed by the plasma membrane of each cell and each cell will then let go of its load of toxic wastes.”
    Ron Kennedy, M.D.

    “I assert that fasting is the most efficient means for correcting any disease.”
    Adolph Mayer, M.D.

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