THE DON’TS OF DETOX­ING

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - NUTRITION -

Preg­nant and breast­feed­ing women shouldn’t detox. A clean diet is one thing, but a re­duc­tion in calo­ries and the re­stric­tion of cer­tain foods may de­prive their baby of vi­tal nu­tri­ents. Ad­di­tion­ally, tox­ins re­leased in the process may harm the baby.

While a detox may be ben­e­fi­cial after tak­ing med­i­ca­tion such as an­tibi­otics, chemo­ther­apy or the residue of anaes­thet­ics after surgery, it’s not rec­om­mended to take detox­i­fi­ca­tion sup­ple­ments while you’re tak­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

I rec­om­mend avoid­ing detox prod­ucts con­tain­ing lax­a­tives such as senna and cas­cara. The aim of th­ese schemes is quick and dirty weight loss, which places more strain on your body.

Those with anorexia ner­vosa and bu­limia are of­ten drawn to the idea of a detox, but it only serves to re­in­force al­ready pun­ish­ing eat­ing pat­terns.

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