Recently, I was chatting with my friend Heidi from Foodie Goes Primal about her 2-day detox. I know this isn’t a rare conversation this time of year; it seems like everyone wants to kick start summer slim downs. This is what Heidi’s detox plan looked like:
- No dairy
- No meat
- No wheat
- No alcohol
- Nothing cooked, so just raw veggies
Heidi’s 2-day plan is a perfect example of what many ‘detox diets’ look like. So this begs the question…
What works and what’s plain malarkey in the world of detoxing?
For a full explanation, check out my guest content featured in Heidi's post. Here's a sneak peek:
The good news: our bodies are naturally designed to cleanse themselves on an ongoing basis. We don’t need to do anything to rid our bodies of ‘toxic build up’, despite what many fad diets would like us to believe.
The bad news: a lot of what we eat isn’t what we were naturally designed to eat. We live in a world laden in processed foods and modified ingredients. Because of this, our bodies have to work much harder to keep up with their daily self-purifying.
This is where the benefits of eating whole foods comes into play. The reason that eating an extremely veggie-centered diet for a few days helps us feel detoxified is because we’re allowing our bodies to not have to work as hard. There isn’t much ‘detoxing’ required by our organs when we’re only putting good quality, REAL food in.
Not only that, but veggies are full of fiber! Fiber = calorie-free material that our bodies can’t digest. Think of fiber like a brillo scrubbing pad cleaning out your insides as it travels through. It helps push everything out! It’s super important to drink plenty of fluids when you’re increasing your fiber intake, otherwise you could get ‘backed up’ from sudden fiber overload. I actually spent one summer working in a supplement store, and unfortunately most detox supplements (like psyllium husk) are simply varying forms of fiber. No magic pills here! These also tend to be overly expensive, considering science has not proven that supplements taken in pill form work the same way as whole foods do in our body.
The reason you feel better after doing a ‘detox’ is partially because you’re proud that you’ve been making healthy food choices, kind of like how I always think my stomach is flatter after 1 hard workout. You also feel lighter because you may have helped reset your digestive health back to how it is supposed to function. Really, the impact of doing something like this depends on what your ‘normal’ eating habits look like.
As far as eliminating dairy and wheat, these foods are not necessarily ‘bad for you’ unless you have a diagnosable sensitivity or intolerance. There are many opinions on the topic, but I think a little in moderation is fine. The problem for the majority of people is that…
For the rest of this article, click below to check out Heidi’s post at Foodie Goes Primal.