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Detox Dangers

Detoxing is hot right now. I am not really sure how this trend came to pass, but somehow forcefully purifying the body of harmful (or even worse, toxic) substances by running to the restroom every other minute seems to be the "thing" to do right now.

The thing is, our bodies (ones without major medical conditions) do a darn good job of getting rid of any toxins all by themselves. Remember your liver, kidneys and lungs? Yeah, detoxing the body is one of their jobs and those organs are good at it. MSNBC is backing this claim further in a recent report on detoxing. The report also says that headaches, fatigue, irritability, aches and pains, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, muscle breakdown, loss of 'good' bacteria and blood-sugar problems — not to mention frequent bowel movements — are just some of the lovely side effects to these detox plans. Sounds fun, eh?

I know a good detox sounds tempting, [insert sarcasm] especially after hearing the side effects, but if you want to lose a few pounds or rid your body from the toxins you've built up, then think about trying this 'health detox'. This means eating a low-fat, high fruit and veggie, high fiber diet. No funky concoctions or frequent pit stops, and the best part, you get to eat solid foods. As with anything, moderation is key and there is no silver bullet, albeit full of lemonade.

Interested Interested 7 years
Great article! The concentration on fruits, vegetables and other high fiber foods is something we can safely do at all times and I always feel better when I eat that way. Thanks for the reminder. As for colonics, they can wash out electrolytes and cause major health problems.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
AHH!!! There is no need to "detox" yourself, you bleeping liver and kidneys do that already! Sure eating less processed food and added sugar is good, but liquid only, or only fruits and veggies is just stupid and will do nothing but make you dizzy, malnourished and cause you to gain weight when you go off it.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
I have done detox diets and wouldent recommend them for long term. however i have to admit that ive found it interesting to see how much stuff you have just sitting inside of you! not only going to the bathroom but you will sweat it out too. you may feel crappy (litterally) for a few days, but afterwards i feel 10x better. even my hair and skin will look healthier and have a ton more energy. they are not for everyone...but they have worked for me.
AmyLyn AmyLyn 10 years
Ok, I know this is kind of gross but I'll ask anyways! I know that detoxing is bad but what about a colonic? I've heard good and bad things about it. Of course it's not something to do all the time, but I've heard that there can be a nasty buildup of waste that gets caught I know many people will just say to up the fiber (nature's scrubbers!) but is there any validly in colonics? I often wonder about the truth vs. the hype. People who have them say they feel a lot better after they have one... just wondering!
krisua krisua 10 years
Thanks for reminding, even my bf started a detox cure a couple of days ago!
suzanne suzanne 10 years
I tried a detox and I swear that I started to get "Shingles." I'm guessing that my resistance was pretty low and the symptom of the sharp pain deep in my back was too classic to ignore. I immediately called my Doc and she agreed with my symptoms and put me on acyclovir "stat"... Scared the shitake :ROTFL: out of me. I'll never try that again. Can you imagine ending up with Shingles!!!
SU3 SU3 10 years
I don't think it's worth it
Annabean Annabean 10 years
Very interesting. Kinda scary, but good to know.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
I have friends who do this, and while it seemed like a bad idea, I never had much of an argument against it. Thanks for the info.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
Most people ingest many more toxins than our bodies are readily prepared to get rid of. Our body stores plenty of toxins in ways that would astound many people uneducated about the subject. Many people take medications for pain and odd maladies that could be solved by detoxing. Detoxing doesn't have to be about fasting or drinking insane amounts of fluids.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I saw a quote somewhere about detoxing, and some guy said "your body is not a cesspool (sp?) of bacteria" :rotfl: that quote just made me laugh.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
when im looking to detox, i just cut out processed sodium filled foods and stick to a plant based diet and nuts for protein for a few days and drink nothing but water. it beats the bloat WAY better and so much healthier than laxatives or crazy fasting detox diets.
jianna jianna 10 years
Yep, I've always said detoxing is bad bad bad. Your body does that on it's own. Also, most "detox" books, websites, pamphlets, etc, never really adequately explain what the heck they even mean by "toxins." Blech. Quackery.
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
I just drink a bottle of cranberry juice when i feel run down or like i need to clean house, but it has to be 100% juice or i just feel gross from the corn syrup and other weird stuff they put in there.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Thanks for posting this Fit! I don't think detoxing is a great idea either. We want a quick fix, but at what price?
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