Detox diets — an empty wallet but a clean body?

Detox diets — an empty wallet but a clean body?

Detox diets come in many different shapes and sizes. Some recommend drinking laxative teas (make you poop, no joke!) while others swear by a concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. There are detox diets which involve fasting or are restricted to fruit and raw vegetables. Detox diets in one form or another are all said to ‘cleanse’ your body. The purpose is to restore your energy, lose weight, and flush your system.   

It seems like we have forgotten that the body has a detox system of its own. In fact, it’s the liver’s primary job to detoxify your body. The liver filters your blood of any harmful chemicals. After the blood is filtered, it continues squeaky clean through the rest of your body.   

Even though we don’t need to torture ourselves with restrictive diets, some people claim to feel healthier. Why? Well, the answer is quite simple. During a detox diet, you cut out most food groups. Depending on your diet of choice, you’re left with water, tea, fruit, and veggies. It automatically eliminates highly processed foods. These foods are high in fat and sugar. And it’s precisely these kinds of food that make you feel sluggish. No wonder you feel better without all those crappy foods, for fruit’s sake!

If you thought I was going to bash detox diets some more, you’re in for a surprise! Detoxification isn’t a complete lie. There is a way to give your liver — your personal detoxifier — a boost. Eat broccoli! (And no, I’m not talking about a diet solely based on broccoli.) Scientist found that when you eat broccoli, an enzyme called sulforaphane is released. This enzyme boosts the liver’s own detoxifying enzymes. All the more reason to add some broccoli to your diet! Need inspiration? Check out our broccoli stir-fry recipe!

Please keep in mind that a detox diet is not a long-term solution. Instead, focus on healthy habits. Eat a diet based on fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, and legumes. And broccoli. Lots of broccoli.

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