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Cleansing Craze

September 25, 2013

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Celebrities swear by them and with annual sales at five billion dollars and climbing, cleanses and detoxes seem to be one of the biggest health fads out.  For the purpose of keeping it simple I’ll use cleanses and detoxes interchangeably. From the Master Cleanse to the JuJu Cleanse they are everywhere and from the looks of it cleanses are here to stay. The two main reasons people I’ve talked to give for doing cleanses are: weight loss and cleaning your body out of all the “bad” stuff. The premise of a cleanse sounds great; you take a concoction of things to “clean you out” and by doing that you can also lose weight. As great as it sounds, something about all of this sends up a red flag. Number one, when you lose the weight is it from water, fat, or muscle? Number two, doesn’t the body have organs that are designed to clean us out? Let’s see what the research says and go from there.

The biggest reason I have heard for doing a cleanse is for weight loss. I’ll be the first to say that yes, it will help you lose weight but is it the type of weight you want to lose? By taking in less calories then you are expending you will lose weight but the majority of the weight will come from water and muscle loss. Losing the muscle will decrease metabolism so when you go back to eating regularly the weight that you loss will come back (mostly fat) plus a few more. 

The body is an amazing machine with a lot of organs that do a lot of things. Our kidneys, liver, and colon do an amazing job of cleaning out our body so why do we need something to help our body do the job its already doing? The cons really outweigh the pros when you look at the internal processes of the body:  low calories, dizziness, headaches, nausea, muscle aches, and really low blood sugar levels. The excessive amount of using the rest room can also cause fluid and electrolyte imbalances which is a whole other animal in itself!

If you must do a cleanse or detox follow these tips:

1. Talk to your doctor first.

2. Only do it for 1-3 days.

3. Make sure to eat enough protein so that your muscle does not waste away.

4. Eat plenty of vegetables.

5. Drink lots of water.

There is no scientific proof that cleanses are good and/or necessary for the body to function. Instead of going for the quick fix, go for life long changes. I guarantee that if you eat more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats your body will clean itself out just the way it was intended to and you might even lose a few pounds in the process.

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