Do You Need to Detoxify?

September 11, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog
Perhaps you indulged this summer in cheeseburgers, dressing laden side dishes, buttery-crusted pies and other sweet picnic treats. Although eating foods in moderation is a smart way to eat, unhealthy overeating for long periods of time can spark a need for a detoxifying diet. People make up definitions of their own when hearing the word “detox.”
The dictionary.com definition notes detoxify as a verb:
  1. To rid of poison or the effects of poison
  2. To treat a person (addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of detoxification
We know that alcohol and drugs are toxic to the body, especially in excess. Thus there can be a need for detoxification from these substances. But do we know or understand what can be toxic about food? Eliminating sugar, chemicals and allergens from our food choices are often the first line of defense when committing to a food detox. Check out the top food allergens, according to http://www.danielplan.com/healthyhabits/eliminatingallergensansdetox/:
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Yeasted products (wine, breads)
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants)
  • Citrus (oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc.)
  • Soy
  • Not as common are: chocolate, tree nuts, vinegar and shellfish
Because of the negative health effects of sugar, detox diets nearly always remove sugar (other than that found naturally in fruit, etc.) to begin to break sugar addiction and reduce inflammation.
 
Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz all have views and support certain types of detoxification methods, but most all support the elimination of processed foods and refined carbohydrates and sugars. So if you aren’t looking to supplement or add expense or long-term calorie restriction, you may want to simply choose a detox that stresses whole, healthy foods.

Guest Blogger, Stephanie Patek

Stephanie is a well-being enthusiast with a mission is to help others pushHeadshot2017 past unhealthy obstacles. Serving as Manager of Wellness Operations for ease@work, a local Cleveland-based employee assistance program, she has surprising insight into how various organizations work and thrive. With a passion for presenting and spreading wellness knowledge, she is speaker, fitness coach, and consultant. With two little boys offering a challenge to her fitness regimen, she’s learned to creatively squeeze in a daily calorie burn. A native Pittsburger (oh no!), she has come to love Cleveland and call it home.


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