Ask the Guy-a-titian: “Detox in the New Year??”

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Ask The Guyatitian

Dear Guy-a-titian: 

Can I trouble you with a couple of questions?

First, there are a few teachers here who are on cleansing/detoxing diets. Can I ask your professional opinion about the risks v benefits of these? They are asking me, and honestly I don’t know.

 One gal is basically on a vegan diet, fruits, veggies, whole grains.  No meat, poultry, fish or dairy for 21 days. ( Also no caffeine, sugar, or artificial sweetener.) Another teacher is on the Master Cleans Detox diet, also known as the Lemonade diet, or the Maple Syrup diet.  He is not doing it for wt loss, just detoxification.

 I would appreciate any info you can share,

Thank you,

Debbie the School Nurse

Dear Debbie the School Nurse:

First of all, thanks for all you do as a school nurse! Nurses rock!!

Now back to your questions. Both diets are relatively harmless for a few days to a week. And certainly, a well-planned vegan diet can be quite healthy IF done the right way. My bigger concern with both of your teacher friends is “What happens afterwards?” Research shows that most who embark on detox regimens or extreme diets post holidays are right back to their old dietary tricks faster than you can say “Master Cleanse me, baby!”

I would advise your vegan leaning friend to take a multiple vitamin to assure getting in adequate b-12 and iron. And it looks like there really isn’t a good protein source in the diet so they may want to look at vegetarian meat substitutes as part of their diet.

 Many people feel they need to “detox”periodically but as you already know as a nurse, the human body is already equipped with the right equipment to detox every minute of the day via our lungs, lymphatic system, spleen, kidneys, digestive track, etc. If these systems are working properly, we don’t need to “detox”. It sounds like what they really could use is some sound dietary advice and most likely their present diet is in need of “detoxing”, not them!

  1. Agree one hundred percent, one swallow does not make a summer.

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