You only need to do a quick search on the internet about detox’s to be inundated with information about detox diets, one of the most popular methods for undertaking detoxification. Detox diets are quite simply a diet plan that state they have effects that encourage detoxifying in the body.
Detox diets state that most foods contain many differing ingredients that are no necessary for human life such as enhancers, colouring, pesticides and the added preservatives. Even though health practitioners such doctors think there is nothing harmful in undertaking the diets (unless there is extreme deficiency in nutrients as a result) they are all of the understanding that there is no need for them. In some cases people have actually seen their symptoms get much worse due to the delays in getting proper medical help due to firstly trying to undertake a detox diet.
Detox diets can include eating a very narrow range of foods for instance some diets have you only consuming fluids like water or special juices, this is known as juice fasting, this takes away from someone eating certain food groups such as fats and carbohydrates.
The diets themselves are normally high in fiber, many people claim the reasoning behind this is that it will then cause the body to burn any stored fat. They claim that this method releases any fat toxins into the blood which can then me flushed from the body via urine, faeces and skin (sweat). This claim however has been highly criticised also for not giving accurate facts of what could be the human body going through ketosis.
Even though undertaking something like this for a short period of time may not cause harm, any lengthy exposure to such a diet or fasting can have dangerous long term effects and could even be fatal.