A Detox Diet (also called a cleansing diet) will remove toxins and poisons from your body.
The idea of a good detox diet is to eat pure and natural foods that will aid the function of the lymph, kidneys, and liver. All foods that hinder the regime should be avoided.
Detox Diet Plans
|Master Cleanse / Lemonade Diet||The most popular short-term detox due to substantial media coverage.|
|Beauty Detox Solution||Outlines a method of eating that cleanses the body to promote optimal beauty and improved general health. For those interested in a gentle approach that can be maintained as a long-term lifestyle.|
|Easy Body Cleansing Diets||Provides a variety of body cleansing diets designed to benefit a range of different health conditions and goals.|
|The Clean Diet||The Clean Program is a 21-day detox diet that was designed by Dr. Alejandro Junger, for those who have a busy lifestyle.|
|Clean Green and Lean||A 4-week plan to help dieters to eliminate toxins that may be preventing them from losing weight. This program will help you to overcome chronic health problems such as allergies and fatigue and boost your energy, while at the same time helping to create a greener planet.|
|Clean Gut||A program that cleanses the intestines to cure a wide range of diseases and health problems.|
|Detox For Women||The plan geared to women promotes detox, but in a way that's less intrusive on the dieter's lifestyle.|
|Detox Strategy||Provides detailed information about toxins and outlines a comprehensive lifestyle plan, using principles supported by scientific research, to cleanse and detoxify the body using Brenda Watson's Renew Program.|
|Diuretic Diet||Using natural diuretics to alleviate fluid retention.|
|Eating For Energy: Living Foods Diet||A diet program based on living plant-based foods in a flexible format that allows dieters to gradually change their way of eating. It has unique information that applies specifically to athletes and physically active dieter as well as a Detox component.|
|Eat Stop Eat||This diet uses short 24 hour fasts a couple times a week which promotes detox.|
|Fast Track Detox Diet||An 11 day Detox Diet to jump-start weight loss or break a weight loss plateau.|
|Fat Flush Diet||Popular 3 phase diet plan from Ann Gittleman|
|Fat Flush for Life||Follow up to the popular Fat Flush Diet, with new features and new plans.|
|Fresh Fruit Cleanse||1,3,5,or 7 day fruit cleanse depending on your needs.|
|Fruit Flush||Fruit Flush 3 Day Detox by Jay Robb|
|How to Lose Weight Forever||A diet that teaches how to have a lean body builder's physique and includes a detox component.|
|Inside Out Diet: Liver Cleansing||A 4-week program that concentrates on promoting optimal liver function by adjusting the diet to support liver cleansing and detoxification.|
|Liver Cleansing Diet||A best seller since 1997, Dr. Cabot attributes many health conditions to poor liver function.|
|Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out||Lose weight permanently by cleansing your body and providing it with slimming nutrient-dense foods.|
|Martha's Vineyard Detox Diet||Claims a weight loss of 21 pounds in 21 days.|
|Mucusless Diet||The Mucusless Diet Healing System was written by Arnold Ehret, who healed himself from Bright's disease with a diet based on fruits combined with fasting.|
|Perfect Weight America||In this book Jordan Rubin includes a ten day detox as part of the weight loss program.|
|Quantum Wellness||A program created by the New York Times bestselling author, Kathy Freston and includes the 21-day detox diet that was followed by Oprah.|
|Super Cleanse||Super Cleanse offers dieters who wish to undertake a cleansing diet a wide variety of options, ranging from gentle vegetarian programs to more extreme juice fasts.|
|Swiss Secret||A detox, weight loss and chronic health condition plan for ultimate health.|
|UltraSimple Diet||A 7-day health program, Dr. Hyman recommends this in addition to his Ultrametabolism book and health program.|
|Weight Loss Cure||Based on Kevin Trudeau's book which adheres to detox as a way to weight loss.|
|You Are What You Eat||Gillian McKeith's plan for healthy eating with a detox component.|
Raw Food Cleanses
|28 Day Raw Detox||Based on a raw vegan diet in combination with a variety of whole food nutritional supplements.|
|Raw Food Cleanse||An introduction to the benefits of a raw food diet and includes a selection of cleanses ranging from 3 to 28 days.|
|Raw Food Detox Diet||Gradually incorporates raw foods into diet and promotes detox.|
|The Remedy||Based on raw foods and green juices. It includes a five-day cleanse and a five-week program that allows for a gradual adjustment from a standard way of eating to a raw vegan diet.|
|Quantum Eating||A raw foods diet that detoxifies the body and promotes youth.|
|Hallelujah Diet||Bible-based diet from George Malkmus.|
Juice Fasts and Cleanses
See our overview of liquid diets here.
|Lemonade Diet||The most popular short-term juice detox.|
|Green Smoothies Diet||Provides several detox recipes as well as the incorporation of green smoothies into regular diet.|
|Green Smoothies Saved My Life||Explores green smoothie fasting and detox.|
|Jump Start Juicer||7 day weight loss and detox program that offers dieters a healthy way to get started on a long-term weight loss plan. It involves consuming nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juices for seven days.|
The Basic Detox
The following items are RECOMMENDED:
- Organic food and drink (no pesticides or fungicides).
- Whole unprocessed foods (grains, nuts, seeds, etc).
- High mix of vegetables and fruit.
- 2 liters of water per day.
Certain herbs such as Psyllium seed, Licorice root, Yucca root, Milk thistle seed, Gentian root, are often recommended to aid the detoxifying process.
The following items should be AVOIDED:
- Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drugs.
- Processed and refined foods.
- Added sugars.
- Certain supplements (due to the amount of additives).
Most detox regimes are holistic in outlook. It is important to address other areas of stress in your life, and examine lifestyle as a whole. Adequate sleep is extremely important.
You need to be aware of these risks
Many detox diets may be nutritionally insufficient. This can be compounded due to frequent bowel movements. Poor nutrition can lead to muscle loss, fatigue, and irritability.
Most experts believe that the body is quite capable of cleaning itself (provided you follow a generally healthy diet, with exercise and adequate sleep). However many natural health practitioners believe that our polluted environment has left us toxic, and our bodies need a little help.