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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Detox Diets

Did you know your colon is weakened by the build up of toxic material found in the foods that you have eaten over the years?

According to clinical nutritionist Thomas Von Ohlen, MS, NC, “many processed foods, such as milk, enriched and bleached flour and sugar, as well as packaged foods filled with preservatives contain toxic elements that slowly build up in the intestine.”

He goes on to explain how this build up causes a hardened, impacted glue which forms within the intestines, decreasing the body's ability to absorb nutrients, lowering metabolic rates and causing unhealthy weight gain and bloating.

When the body cannot absorb the nutrients in food properly, energy levels are lowered and the risk of serious illness is dramatically increased.

Certain detoxification supplements target the toxic build up in the intestines, break it up and flush it from the colon.

Von Ohlen states, "Once these detoxification processes have been completed the body will have more energy, an increased feeling of over all wellness and
a lower risk of potential illness, such as colon cancer, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, and diverticulitis."

Quoted from "Healthy Weight Loss Starts with a Colon Cleanse" The follow is an opposing view on detox diets:
The body will naturally surround a toxin with fat. So if you get the toxin out of the fat the body will naturally burn the fat. At his clinic in Maitland, Dr. Bolick talked about his nine day cleanse cycle which includes and aloe vera based mineral drink, snack tablets to keep your blood sugar level and water, lots of water.

Say a patient weighs 200 pounds; they drink 100 ounces of water every day. That is important to help flush out the toxins that are going to break loose.

While Dr. Bolick says seems to makes sense, it also sounds a bit too good to be true.
We asked registered dietician Nadane Pazder of Morton Plant Hospital what she thought. "Detox diets are totally unnecessary and probably are unsafe for a number of people" she said.

Pazder says detox diets can strip the body of needed nutrients and lead to electrolyte imbalances. "You have great organ systems in place that are keeping your system toxin free namely your kidney and liver."

But Lisa Lenning, a patient and employee of Dr. Bolick, says she lost 58 pounds and has been keeping the weight off. "My cholesterol went from 288 down to 148. My blood pressure is in the lower side, 110 over 70. The good side effects are I can run around and play with the kids and do things I just couldn't do before" said Lenning.

I was told by an acupuncturist and herbalist that constipation is a major cause of toxin accumulation in your body. Thus, eating a high-fiber diet and lots vegetables helps with bowl movements and reduces the chance of toxin buildup.