Detoxifying diet programs are something of a fad right now, despite the fact that there is little scientific evidence for their effectiveness. Many websites and books will promise you, however, that if you eat a strict diet of raw foods, juice, or drink concoctions of oil and Epsom salts that you will rid your body of toxins.
You should know that you don't need severe detox programs to help you get healthy. And if you're diabetic, you should know that they can be dangerous.
Detox plans can be pretty drastic and wreak havoc on your system. When you're drinking excess minerals and fat, using diuretics such as herbal colon cleansers or fasting, your blood sugar can go haywire and may be difficult to control.
Some supplements recommended by detox plans can also interact or interfere with your medication. For example, some plans advocate excessive consumption of only grapefruit, which can interact with many medications.
High Carb Concerns
Even fruit and veggie detox programs will have you eliminate protein from your diet, such as meat, dairy, nuts and legumes. The programs tout a strict regimen of vegetables, fruits, juices and water. The problem is that instructions usually leave you consuming more carbohydrates than you need. Protein helps slow down the digestion of carbs, so eliminating protein can result in blood sugar spikes.
If you feel you really need to detoxify your system, don't try to do it overnight or in a few days with some diet plan that goes overboard. Instead, simply cut processed foods out of your diet as much as possible, drink plenty of water, and eat fresh and healthy yet balanced meals. You'll get all the benefits of a detox diet, without the risks.
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