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10 Hidden Dangers of Trendy Detox Diets


Chances are, at one time or another, you bought into a fad diet, pill, powder, or liquid cleanse that promised “amazing weight loss results!”  And when many of these trendy cleanses are backed by the results of stunning celebrities—I’m looking at your Master Cleanse, Beyoncé—they typically make regular people, like us, rush out and spend outrageous amounts of money on a diet that hasn’t been tested or health certified.

While many people might attempt a detox diet because they hope to rid their bodies of chemical toxins and processed ingredients as well as shed a few pounds; the problem is a sudden lack of calories and energy in your diet will leave you malnourished and starving.

While it might make sense that the less you eat; the more weight you’ll lose, depriving our bodies of adequate nourishment in order to achieve weight loss is just plain dangerous.

Here are ten hidden dangers of trendy detox diets…

1. Vitamin Deficiency

When you’re ingesting little more than water infused with a little bit of fruit essence, the body is burning energy with no food to replenish from. What occurs is a vast absence of vitamins and nutrients, which can become dangerous if it lasts over a week. For instance, a lack of vitamins and nutrients can cause weakness, headaches, heart palpitations, irritability, memory loss, collapse, eyesight issues, and leave the body prone to infection.

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