The simple answer is NO. And the reason why that is, there is no scientific evidence to show cleansing or detoxing maintains or improves bowel health, prevent colon cancer or achieve lasting weight loss. The truth is that cleansing can be harmful. Cleansing diets can cause cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, headaches, lack of energy and dizziness. It can also lead to more serious side effects like: excessive thirst, low blood sugar, low or high blood pressure, interaction with medications and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
You might be surprised to find out that your body has its own detoxing tools – your intestine, lungs, liver and kidneys effectively remove waste from your body every day. If you are looking for steps to help you feel better start with eating a well-balanced diet based on Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and being active every day. Speak with a Dietitian for more support in following a healthy lifestyle.
If you are considering going on a cleanse or detox diet please speak with your healthcare provider before you start as there are those with pre-existing health conditions who are at a greater health risk if they follow one of these diets.
Reference: Dietitians of Canada “information on Cleansing Diets”, 2014