Cleansing diets, also known as detox diets involve the removal of ‘toxins’ from the body. Many believe that detoxes and cleanses are the only way to maintain or improve bowel health, prevent colon cancer or achieve lasting weight loss.
Cleansing diets operate through the use of laxatives (herbal teas/medicines), fasting, a strict diet (that eliminates a number of foods) and or the consumption of large amounts of water or fruit/vegetable juice.
The truth is your intestines, lungs, liver and kidneys effectively remove waste from your body all day, every day. Consuming a balanced diet filled with a variety of whole and minimally processed plant foods provides the body with ample amounts of dietary fibre and fluid needed to maintain a healthy bowel, gut flora, and energy levels.
When it comes to science, there is a lack of scientific evidence validating or supporting the promoted benefits of detoxes. Nonetheless, detox diets if followed for a long time, can be harmful and alter an individual’s relationship with food. Whereby, one begins “equating food with sin, guilt and contamination.”