Detoxing: The Truth behind It
So yesterday as I was driving on my merry way, and I tuned the radio to NPR (I love listening to the reruns of Car Talk when I can catch it). In this particular broadcast they happened to talk about detoxing and detox diets and what this fad has become. Detoxing is supposed to remove toxins that your body has built up from either eating something or inhaling something. (I don’t know about you guys but I can remember one or two weekends in college were I consumed some left over pizza that had been sitting for so long that it probably was toxic. And the concoction that I drank to wash it all down gave my liver a run for its money). Now you built up all of this harmful stuff over the course of four years or even a lifetime, wouldn’t you think that you should be rushed to the hospital? But worry not!!!
The Body’s Detoxing Secret Weapon
The human body has a secret weapon, or three main secret weapons to be precise… *drumroll* The liver, lungs, and kidneys! Ba-dum-TSH! Dr. Mishori recently spoke about cleanses and detoxes on the NPR program, and after looking over the information and the literature the main conclusion that she came up with is to stay away from it. The human body has been detoxifying itself from the day we were born and if you are still reading this it has done a pretty good job. The three main things that she recommended are "Cutting [back] on sugar is always a good idea. Cutting on processed foods is always a good idea. Being better hydrated is always a good idea," she told the NPR listeners.
Cutting down on sugar is one of the most crucial steps that anyone can make for their diet. The average person consumes approximately 22 teaspoons of the stuff per day, and guess what? That is close to three times what the daily recommendation is per person per day. So the next time you are going to Starbucks and are craving a Peppermint Mocha Venti with Whip on top realize that you are chugging down about 66 grams of sugar which equates into 486 calories. Not going to lie, my homebrewed coffee with a splash of almond milk tastes even better right about now. And in case you were wondering, it is less than 30 calories. Sorry to rub it in but I’m trying to make a point here.
Processed foods are literally everywhere. The next time you go grocery shopping I challenge you to read the nutrients on the packaging to see exactly what you are going to eat. U. S. Food and Drug Administration, found that several groups around the world who reported a higher intake of partially hydrogenated fats also found in those individuals that they had developed cancer. I don’t know about you but I’d personally like to remain cancer free. A rule of thumb I try to use is if the packaging reads like a chemistry experiment I try and find something with fewer ingredients or ingredients I am familiar with.
The last tip Dr. Mishori recommended is to drink more water. There are tons of benefits when you are properly hydrated, but we are just going to list the ones related to detoxing and our organs that do that job for us. So who reading this has ever passed a kidney stone? Well guess what? Water helps to reduce the risk of having a kidney stone by diluting your urine. And if you have never had a kidney stone, take my word for it, you’ll want to keep it that way. Speaking of your kidneys, if you aren’t drinking enough water your kidneys may stop working altogether. That could actually stop them from filtering toxins and then you would be in serious trouble.
To sum it all up you don’t need to do a detox program to remove toxins, your body is already doing an amazing job of it. If anyone is trying to sell you some detox program they are realistically just trying to take your money, the science isn’t there to back them up. I have seen sooooooo many clients that want to try a detox to help them lose weight and become “healthier” and every time I always tell them that doing that for a week isn’t going to make it happen. There are no quick fixes to health and fitness, but if you work hard, are consistent with your fitness routine, and what you’re eating, you will see results. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes time to see these results.
Three tips to leave here with are drink more water, don’t eat processed foods, and cut down on the sugar.