Detox diets, popularized in recent years by many celebrities, involve taking “powerful formulas” that promise to leave your insides feeling squeaky clean. And, they are usually accompanied by very restrictive diets. Aside from the obvious discomfort of consuming nothing but cayenne pepper and lemon juice or cabbage soup for a week straight, these diets have enough harmful side effects that they should come with a big warning label.
If you’re thinking of starting a detox diet, here are 5 common risks you should know about.
1. Vitamin and mineral deficiency
Highly restrictive dieting can leave your body short on essential vitamins and minerals, which can lead to a number of problems including fatigue, shortness of breath, hair loss, muscle cramps, and numbness in the extremities.
2. Muscle loss / fat gain
A sudden drop in caloric intake can send your body into starvation mode. The body will preserve fat cells and start cannibalizing energy (calories) from your lean muscle tissue to keep functioning. After a while, your metabolism will slow down, making it even harder to burn calories once you return to your normal caloric intake.
3. Heart problems
By knocking your electrolytes out of balance, you can start to experience heart issues like palpitations which, in the long term, can even lead to arrhythmias.
4. Mood swings
Missing meals can make you irritable and moody. Detox diets exacerbate low blood sugar and lack of nutrients can lead to low energy and melancholy.
5. Weakened immune response
Vitamin and mineral depletion can cause immune system shutdown, making your body less resistant to bacteria, illness, and parasitic infection. In fact, if you’re already very ill or toxic, detoxing can make you worse and your immune system may not be able to handle the reaction.
A healthy body doesn’t need to be forced to detoxify. It uses the liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin to remove waste and toxins when and where detoxification is needed.
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Dr. Carolyn Dean
Author of bestseller The Magnesium Miracle