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    Detox diets can be addicting. 

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    Detox diets can be addicting. 

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    Going without food or having an enema can give some people a feeling of being “high,” in much the same way cigarettes or alcohol can. Because of this, some people do them often to get that feeling again.

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    If you do a detox diet often, you may:

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    Detox diets are meant to be short-term. Fasting and cleansing too often can reset your metabolism so it works more slowly. This makes it harder to keep off weight you’ve lost, and you can have trouble losing weight later, too.

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    A toxin is a harmful substance that comes from:

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    A toxin is a harmful substance that comes from:

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    These are poisons that usually come from a live source like a plant or animal. They're harmful in your body, whether you eat, drink, or breathe them, or get them through your skin. For example, when you drink too much alcohol, it can damage your organs. And toxins in tobacco are linked to many diseases.

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    People have detoxed since:

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    People have detoxed since:

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    The methods may have changed, but getting rid of your body’s toxins isn’t a new idea. Many religions use fasting as a “purification” practice, and have for thousands of years. And long before the 20th century, doctors regularly used leeches, enemas, and fasting to treat people.

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    Detox diets help you shed fat.

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    Detox diets help you shed fat.

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    You may lose weight from a detox, but not fat. Detoxing rids your body of water weight and muscle mass. The number on your scale is very likely to go back up once you go off the diet.

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    Intermittent fasting means:

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    The most common way to do it involves “fasting days” -- either a couple of days each week or one week out of the month. During fasting days, you eat only about 500 calories, then you go back to normal, healthy eating on other days. It may help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol levels, and ease inflammation. But talk with your doctor for guidance and to see if it’s OK for you.

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    When you do a “colon cleanse,” you:

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    Also called a colonic irrigation, it flushes out your colon with gallons of water. A small tube goes into your rectum and streams the water through. Doctors sometimes use it to prep you for things like a colonoscopy.

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    According to studies, colon cleansing helps your body  get rid of what percentage of toxins?

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    According to studies, colon cleansing helps your body  get rid of what percentage of toxins?

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    Although doctors do sometimes use it to help with digestive problems, there’s no proof it helps your body rid itself of toxins any better than it already does naturally. If you have digestive issues, gentler ways to help them may include laxatives, probiotics, and exercise.

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    When you do a juice cleanse, you:

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    This is an all-liquid diet. Usually, you do it for anywhere from 3 to 10 days. But there’s no research that shows it’s any better for you than simply eating fruits and vegetables.

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    If you give up alcohol for a month, you can get rid of toxins in your liver.

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    If you give up alcohol for a month, you can get rid of toxins in your liver.

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    Staying away from booze for a month -- “Dry January,” for example -- isn’t a way to detox any part of your body. But research shows it may change your attitude toward alcohol so you make healthier choices going forward.

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SOURCES:

Academy of Nutritionists and Dietetics: “What’s the Deal with Detox Diets?”

British Journal of General Practice: “What is Dry January?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe?” “Intermittent Fasting Has Benefits Beyond Weight Loss.”

Harvard Medical School: “The dubious practice of detox.”

Health Psychology: “Voluntary temporary abstinence from alcohol during 'Dry January' and subsequent alcohol use.”

Kids Health: “Are Detox Diets Safe?”

Mayo Clinic: “Is colon cleansing a good way to eliminate toxins from your body?”

The American Journal of Medicine: “Juicing is Not All Juicy.”

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