Every January, many of us turn to thoughts of dieting to take off those extra pounds. There is so much literature out there around the do’s and don’ts of dieting, but we wanted to bring your attention to a growing trend – the post-holiday detox. Doctors and nutritionists are quick to caution that detoxes can be dangerous to your health.
A new study in the British Medical Journal describes the case of a 47-year-old “previously fit and well” woman who ended up in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after she took on a New Year’s “detox,” subsisting on liquids and various herbal remedies, doctors out of Milton Keynes Hospital said. It was linked to an abnormally low level of sodium in the blood.
The journal says the problem isn’t just dehydration, in this case and others the condition was triggered by the herbal remedies associated with the detox. In addition, detox dieting or other forms of crash diets are largely ineffective because we regain the weight and then some once the diet ends.
Global News recently interviewed three women who shared some of their simple tips for healthier living (and they lost weight). Some of these suggestions may work for you:
Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy 2017!