Friday, January 29, 2010

The Skinny on Cleanses

A lot of people have asked me about these colon cleanse or detox diets so I thought I would put in my two cents. While these products may help with bloating or a temporary loss of weight, it is just that- temporary. In fact, these cleanses drain everything out of your body including key nutrients that your body needs to function properly. And worse yet, the weight loss you experience is water weight which dehydrates your body making matters worse. Your body has its own detoxifying system and is built to cleanse itself. If you feel bloated try drinking more water or add fiber to your diet. Both help in digestion, which may be the cause of your problem. The best thing you can do is prevent this all together by maintaining a healthy, clean diet full of fruits, veggies, protein and moderate amounts of healthy fats and carbs. Eating breakfast is key (your mom was right, again!) and limiting your carb intake later in the day will help you from feeling too full. Eat small meals throughout the day that way your blood sugar won’t spike and dip resulting in a loss of energy, false sense of huger, and further digestive problems. So my take on cleanses? A temporary solution for an ongoing problem that will set you back more than it will help you.

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