Are Detox Diets Safe for People with Diabetes?
Detoxification, or detox, diets are typically short-term diets that promise to rid the body of environmental toxins.
Most detox plans begin with a period of fasting followed by a strict menu of raw vegetables, fruit, juices and/or water. Many plans involve taking specific herbs or other supplements and may require a colon cleanse, otherwise known as an enema.
Detox diets are generally founded on healthy eating principles, but there is scant scientific evidence they eliminate toxins from the body. Still, giving the body a toxin house-cleaning is an appealing one, and there are many anecdotal stories about the positive effects of detoxing.
Before giving detox a try, first be aware of possible detox problems – some related to managing diabetes, and others to general health concerns.
Before You Detox: Be Aware
As you might imagine, some promoters of detox and detox products have profits first in their mind. Their promises of relief from various illnesses such as diabetes may be scientifically unfounded. They also might fail to warn people about the possible uncomfortable side effects of detoxing.
If you are interested in detox dieting, be wise, do some investigating, talk to your doctor, and consider the following:
People with diabetes need to be extremely cautious about detox diets since they typically involve increased carbohydrate intake (fruit, juices) and often eliminate protein-rich foods.
Those taking medication to control diabetes will need to be a wiz at monitoring and regulating blood sugar to navigate successfully through a detox diet. It is recommended you consult Continue reading