Wanted to live a healthy lifestyle for a long time, but I do not know where to start. Came across the detox diet, which stated that it is possibly beneficial in helping me cleanse my body. Is it really useful?

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  1. Suzanne
  2. Dietician
  3. 17 Dec 2020
  4. Expert
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There is no reputable evidence-based studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, documenting the efficacy of ‘detox’ diets. Companies that sell ‘Detox’ juices or supplements have their own agenda, claiming you need a detox/fruit juice diet. Be wary of free dubious ‘health’ talks on detox, and companies promoting their ‘health’ products for detoxing. Many studies have shown that fasts and extremely low-calorie diets lower the body's basal metabolic rate. Once you resume normal eating, rapid weight gain will follow. Much of the weight loss achieved results from fluid loss related to extremely low carbohydrate intake and diarrhea produced by laxative teas. When the dieter resumes normal food and fluid intake, this weight is quickly regained. Detox diets are lacking in protein, fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. The daily laxative regimen can cause dehydration, deplete electrolytes, and impair normal bowel function. It can also disrupt the gut microbiome, microorganisms that perform useful digestive functions.

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