Trendy detox diets: what could possibly go wrong?

Detox diets, popularized in recent years by many celebrities, involve taking “powerful formulas” that promise to leave your insides feeling squeaky clean. And, they are usually accompanied by very restrictive diets. Aside from the obvious discomfort of consuming nothing but cayenne pepper and lemon juice or cabbage soup for a week straight, these diets have enough harmful side effects that they should come with a big warning label.

If you’re thinking of starting a detox diet, here are 5 common risks you should know about.

  1. Vitamin and mineral deficiency

Highly restrictive dieting can leave your body short on essential vitamins and minerals, which can lead to a number of problems including fatigue, shortness of breath, hair loss, muscle cramps, and numbness in the extremities.

  1. Muscle loss / fat gain

A sudden drop in caloric intake can send your body into starvation mode. The body will preserve fat cells and start cannibalizing energy (calories) from your lean muscle tissue to keep functioning. After a while, your metabolism will slow down, making it even harder to burn calories once you return to your normal caloric intake.

  1. Heart problems

By knocking your electrolytes out of balance, you can start to experience heart issues like palpitations which, in the long term, can even lead to arrhythmias.

  1. Mood swings

Missing meals can make you irritable and moody. Detox diets exacerbate low blood sugar and lack of nutrients can lead to low energy and melancholy.

  1. Weakened immune response

Vitamin and mineral depletion can cause immune system shutdown, making your body less resistant to bacteria, illness, and parasitic infection. In fact, if you’re already very ill or toxic, detoxing can make you worse and your immune system may not be able to handle the reaction.

A healthy body doesn’t need to be forced to detoxify. It uses the liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin to remove waste and toxins when and where detoxification is needed.

Join me and my co-host Ginney Gunther for a 1 hour session where we’ll teach you all about detoxification, and the exact plan to follow to make sure your body’s natural detox functions are given all the support they require.

The webinar will air on YouTube LIVE on Thursday, October 26 at 3:00pm ET, 12:00pm PT. Make room in your schedule because this is a topic you won’t want to miss.

To add the event to your calendar:

I’ll send you a reminder with all the details on how you can tune in on Thursday.

In the meantime, you can use the Total Body ReSet formulas to support your body’s natural detoxification functions:


Dr. Carolyn Dean