To Detox Or Not To Detox?

Here at Heroic Health headquarters, we decided that the month of April is going to be detox month!  We plan to saturate the blog with information so that you can make an informed decision for April 15th, when we will actually begin our detox regimen.  So get ready for it…

Our first victim is the “Fruit Flush Diet”, which is basically an eating plan that is designed to give your digestive system a break from over-processed foods, lets low-calorie, fibre-rich fruits (and some vegetables) clean your system, and puts your body into fat burning mode.

Fruits and vegetables are key parts of a healthy diet, and most North Americans don’t eat nearly enough of them.  However, there is no proof that only eating plant foods will help you “detox” or burn fat (though you will physically feel “cleaner”).

There are side effects and things to watch out for though.  You will be hungry and may feel weak.  Whether or not a detox diet is safe depends on the plan and how long you stay on it.

Most people don’t feel good on low-calorie, nutrient-poor diets.  Potential side effects include low energy, low blood sugar, muscle aches, fatigue, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and nausea.  The main thing is to just take it easy, don’t over-exert yourself, and drink tons of water.

Now that you know a bit more about it, if the idea of detoxing still appeals to you, then you might try “clean” eating that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein  — basically, whole foods without a lot of processing.  That is extremely good for you and more likely to give you results that last, especially if you make exercise a regular thing.  Exercise is, however, not required as you may not have the energy for it because you are not getting as many calories as your body would be used to.

For more information on the Fruit Flush Diet plan, you can check out this website, which sums it up quite nicely – http://www.webmd.com/diet/fruit-flush-diet

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