Where do I start??
Let's start with detox, the word: this popular word that essentially means elimination of impurities, toxins and undesirable residues from our body.
This is what a Detox Plan aims at. Right? And how is that done? Well, by basically reducing any solid food to the minimum (or to nothing) for 1 week (2, even 3!) and surviving with liquids, fresh (and very expensive) juices bought as part of the plan of the moment or made at home with those exotic foods that no tight budget can afford.
But, let's rewind.... so, isn't that elimination of toxins what is supposed to be already doing our organs? The Human Body is a perfect machine, it really is (until you destroy it of course). We have 3 beautiful and complex organs> liver, kidney, lungs. They are the detox kings of our body. The metabolism recycles and eliminates harmful molecules. Yes, it is true that certain heavy metals and pesticides tend to accumulate if we eat too much of the foods that contain it. It is advised to limit the consumption of red tuna and swordfish in pregnant or to eliminate spinach and chard in baby purees. But other than that, these detox diets talk about other toxins that I don't even know.
Why this new trend?
1- We live in the society of fast results
2- We feel polluted, dirty, exposed to contaminants and hormones ... eeewww
Detox Claims...Really???: Rapid fat loss! (not!)Feel happier in days! (and hungrier and hungrier too)
Who started this?
This guy: Joe Cross an obese Aussie that decided to on a extreme diet of 60 days with juice only, and documented it in a film Fat, sick and nearly dead.
Who is the winner?
The juice makers and the magazines!!! and all the emerging juice shops and bottled juice plans you can buy in a health store.
And of course the gurus of the detox plans and diets who claim to have regained all health and lost all weight.
Who is the loser?
Your wallet first and everyone desperate to regain health in 1 month... and stay like that forever
You earn your health and detox your body every single day of your life> Do you think that the woman or man that works out and eats healthy (almost) everyday and rarely drinks alcohol needs a detox diet? No, because he/she never overuses and saturates his/her body to the point of damaging the organs.
Your social life and energy to exercise(if you ever move your body) will be reduced to the minimum! No active workout can be carried out for days without giving the body some fuel.
Put the best fuel to your Mercedes and drive it regularly. That's all!