Should you do a Summer Detox?

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It’s the time of the year where many of us think about detoxing to get healthy and glowing for Summer.  Devotees claim that detoxing rids your bodies of nasty toxins that build up over time due to our poor eating habits and hectic lifestyles.  According to some, these toxins cause irritability, weight gain, poor immune function, poor digestion and fatigue; among other aliments.

You might be surprised to hear that there is no evidence that we need to detox.  Our bodies have their own very effective built in mechanisms for detox.  Our liver breaks down any “toxins” into compounds that can be eliminated, and our kidneys sift out harmful substances from those that are beneficial which we then excrete in our urine.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t build up toxins from every day living.   Rather than detoxing, get back to the basics, eliminate highly processed foods, eat lots of plant based foods and choose lean protein, and heart healthy fats.

If you really want a plan to help get you kick started on healthy summer living, here’s an example  low calorie day to follow short term (no more than 3 days) that is high in vegetables, fruit, healthy fats and fibre to get you feeling healthy and on track.  Do not follow for longer than 3 days.   Please realise that this is a guide and for personalised advice, see a Registered Nutritionist.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats, with 1 cup fresh berries and trim milk

Lunch: 2 cups salad vegetables, 100g salmon, 1/4 avocado

Dinner: 100g lean protein, 2 cups steamed vegetables, 100g brown rice

Snack: 15 raw nuts, 2 pieces fruit

Drinks: Drink lots of water. Green tea can provide good antioxidant boost as well.

Remember, detox diets only boost weight loss because they are super low calorie.  You’ll lose fluid and muscle as well as body fat. Stick to healthy eating, and you’ll get better results long term.


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