detox“Detox diets” are defined as short-term changes made to eliminate toxins from the body and help in weight loss. There are a large variety of detox diets ranging from juice fasts to simply altering food choices. These diets claim to clean the blood and get rid of harmful toxins from the body.

Popular commercial detox diets include:

  • The master cleanse/lemon detox diet
  • The liver cleansing diet
  • The Clean Cleanse,
  • Martha’s vineyard Detox Diet
  • Dr. Oz’s 48-hr weekend diet

The problem is there is currently no evidence to support the use of commercial detox diets for removing toxic substances from the body or for losing weight. Naturally, the kidneys, liver, lungs, intestines, and skin all play roles in removing unwanted material from our bodies.

Although there is little biological evidence to support detoxification of the body, there could be some undesirable side effects. However, people have reported positive benefits to a detox diet such as “it hits a restart button on your eating habits,” and “you stop thinking about food so much,” and even “you’ll learn a lot about yourself” because of the challenge to stick to such a dramatic change. Do research before you participate in any detox to find out what are the best and safe practices.

Colon Cleansing

Many commercial detox diets involve colon cleansing as part of the detoxification but are also done before a colonoscopy. There are benefits to colon cleanses, especially in older adults such as keeping a balance of the good and bad gut bacteria, increasing energy, and regulating bowel movements. Visit with your medial practitioner or health care provider for suggestions.

If you do decide to do a colon cleanse, make sure to consume probiotics with a supplement or by eating high probiotic foods. Probiotics will help to replace the healthy bacteria in the gut that may be lost. Also, drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated during the cleansing.

When focusing on clearing out the colon, some foods that may help clear the path:

Fermented Foods:

  • Yogurt
  • Keifer
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha tea
  • Green tea

High Fiber Foods:

  • Dark greens like spinach or kale
  • Fruit
  • Lemon
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and lentils

In conclusion, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein while staying away from highly processed foods will help your body stay clean, maintain a healthy weight, and give your energy levels a natural boost.

Campus tips: 

For healthy colon friendly foods, try the following on campus:

  • The juice bar at Smart Choices in the SUB
  • Grab-n-Go salad or fruit cup at any Sam’s Place

For more information visit:

WebMD Risks 

Detox diets and weight loss 

Fermented foods for healthy gut 

WebMD Detox Diets A-Z 

Created by Emily Lipinsky, TTU Graduate and Dietetic Intern
Hospitality Dietitian | Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD |


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