Everything you need to know about healthy detox diets and weight loss
A healthy detox diet is a plan that aims to improve your body’s natural processes by changing the food you eat. According to the Mayo Clinic, these diets aren’t scientifically proven to be effective. But they are recommended by natural healthcare practitioners to treat a number of symptoms from fatigue to headaches.
In the context of a detox diet, toxins refer to substances that we’ve over consumed, says Vancouver-based naturopath Thara Vayali. “Anything can become toxic if we have it in excess in our bodies.”
If you intend to use a detox to shed pounds, think again. “A detox diet isn’t indicated for weight loss,” Vayali advises. In fact, drastically cutting calories can be extremely harmful.
“When you’re not giving yourself a natural amount of calories, fats, carbohydrates and protein, your body’s metabolism takes that as a sign that it might not get those things naturally,” she warns. “It starts to store those things instead of releasing them, so you might find yourself in a worse condition later on.”
Be wary of any plan that recommends you stop eating in order to cleanse your system.
How to begin your healthy detox
The best way to begin a detox is by visiting your healthcare practitioner to discuss your plan and any symptoms you’re experiencing. “You might think that you have toxins but you may have something that’s more severe. It’s important to have someone assess that,” Vayali advises. Your doctor or naturopath can also recommend foods and lifestyle changes that are healthiest for you.
When you’re ready to start your healthy detox, consider making the following diet and lifestyle changes.