If our body looked like a drainage system, we could clean it up in two counts. Just fall asleep enzymes at one end, and all the mysterious slag inside you disappear, as if by magic, leaving a perfectly clean surface from head to toe. A tempting picture, isn’t it?
But fortunately for us, our bodies are not so simple arranged. They are a complex plexus of organs, tissues and metabolic products - some of them are useful, some are harmful, and some are altogether ephemeral - that work together and ensure the uninterrupted operation of the entire system.
Of course, there are exceptions, and at times we feel that the system does not work so well. From time to time, there is an inexplicable decline in strength. The digestive tract begins to do what it should not, or refuses to do what it should. And sometimes you just feel squeezed like a lemon. Today, more and more people, faced with such problems, begin to look for the "reset" button and often use for this purpose various programs for "cleansing" the body.
Some people believe in cleansing the body without limit. They claim that they feel better and full of energy - and I'm not going to say that all this is only a figment of their imagination. There are several rational explanations for this.
Firstly, it's nice to realize that you can stick to strict regime for a long time, especially if in the past there were problems with self-control. There is a psychological upsurge associated with pride because you have enough discipline and willpower to manage your appetite.
In addition, there are several possible reasons for the euphoria in the background of the diet.
Waiver of many products can mean that you have eliminated blatantly useless food, and at the same time some foods to which you may have hypersensitivity, intolerance or allergies.
Detox-diets with juices and raw foods are rich (I hope) with vitamins and antioxidants, which many just do not have.
Purification programs that exclude dishes that have been heat treated reduce the consumption of carcinogens, in particular, heterocyclic amines, acrylamides and fat polymerization products that are formed during the preparation process. But will you feel the difference in the same moment? Probably not.
Detox can be harmful if you:
#1. Sharply cut the diet
Inspired by the loss of appetite (this happens after a week of detox), in pursuit of losing weight, some miss meals scheduled. This leads to a decrease in the effectiveness of the program - it is necessary to drink and eat for purification. Strict restriction of caloric content of the diet can lead to the onset of headache, fatigue, irritability, and also dehydration of the body.
#2. To take a great interest in liquid food
"It's important to know that liquid diets do not contain protein at all, or its quantity is negligible," says Liz Applegate, director of the Department of Sports Nutrition at the University of California. "The human body needs a daily supply of protein to build healthy immune cells and regenerate muscles after training." Juice diets are not indicated to people with diabetes, as they lead to instability in blood sugar levels.
#3. Confuse detox and diet
As the studies of the American Association of Dieticians show, only 5% of those who tried to lose weight on low-calorie juice diets managed to keep the result.
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