QGK4MNZRCZ3Z—-When trying to lose weight the first thing most people do is try to find a diet that is best suited for them. While there are many out there not all diets are for everybody, I have decided to put together a series of posts dedicated to alternative diets. The diets we will be looking at will be nontraditional diets, obscure diets, and sometimes crazy diets and maybe you will be able to find a diet right for you.
The first alternative diet we will look at will be the detox diet also refered to as a cleansing diet. This approach that proponents claim rids the body of “toxins”, accumulated harmful substances that are alleged to exert undesirable effects on individual health. Detoxification usually includes one or more of: dieting, fasting, consuming only certain foods, or avoiding certain foods.
Detox diets are divisive. Many experts in the medical field feel that most of the so-called “medical science” presented in these diets is nothing more than fiction. It is true that most of these diets have are very strict on what to consume and a detox diet should be done with extreme caution.
Generally most detox diets will contain the following foods:
- Organic food and drink (no pesticides or fungicides).
- Whole unprocessed foods (grains, nuts, seeds, etc).
- High mix of vegetables and fruit.
- 2 liters of water per day
- Certain herbs such as Psyllium seed, Licorice root, Yucca root, Milk thistle seed, Gentian root, to aid the detoxifying process.
Most detox programs will avoid the following:
- Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drugs
- Processed and refined foods
- Certain supplements (due to the amount of additives).
Reduction of Stress
Keep in mind that detoxing, cleansing, fasting, and diets of this nature should be done while under the supervision of a doctor.