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The Low-Down on Detoxes

Detoxes are clearly trending on the health and wellness front, claiming to promote anything and everything from effortless weight-loss and increased energy to clean skin. From juice-cleanses to fad diets, do these actually work? If not, are they harmful?  Firstly, one needs to take a look at the reason for people doing various detox diets. Some of the reasons include “perceived” general cleansing, to aid in decreasing inflammation and very often for weight loss reasons. When these detox diets are done for weight loss purposes, they often involve very restrictive eating (very low calories), elimination diets and phases of only consuming juices. As a weight-loss technique, this is not sustainable or suitable. Weight-loss needs to be done in a realistic, steady manner where no food groups...

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