You may be losing lean mass, and when that comes back it comes back as fat. If these (cleanses) are done recurrently, the long term would be changing your body composition for a higher percent of body fat."
A column on the Mayo Clinic website also pointed out that the kidneys and liver effectively filter and eliminate most toxins. It added, though, that “the benefits from a detox diet may actually come from avoiding highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar.”
In the end -- as long as there’s not a digestive wellness factor such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease or inflammatory bowel -- then it really becomes an individual decision.
I am undecided for now, but I do know that “to detox, or not to detox” is a great question to pose to my doctor at my next well-woman checkup.
I hope he likes Shakespeare.
“Do detox diets offer any health benefits?” MayoClinic.com, Question and Answer with Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. Web. 13 August 2012.
“Is colon cleansing a good way to eliminate toxins from your body?” MayoClinic.com, Question and Answer with Michael F. Picco, M.D. Web. 13 August 2012.
Ogilvie, Jessica P. “Dietary cleanses rise in popularity, but there are risks.” LATimes.com. Web. 13 August 2012.
Reviewed August 13, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith