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Good Detox vs. Bad Detox

fruitsDetox (“detoxification”) diets continue to gain popularity in the United States. When reviewing many competing detox programs, juices and supplements are often advertised as having high levels of antioxidants, coupled with the program’s purported weight loss effects. Such products appeal to the consumers’ desire for a “quick-fix” weight loss program, which also promises the supply of antioxidants (see antioxidant description, below). Such advertising can easily mislead average consumers, eagerly searching for shortcuts to good health.

Be wary that ‘cleanses’ may lack one or more of the essential food groups, and may reduce the dieter’s daily caloric intake so drastically that it is neither healthy nor beneficial for long-term weight loss. Most detox plans consist mainly of juices, and, lacking other essential nutrients, lessen the chances of achieving healthy goals. Research informs us that lifestyle change is the only predictable method for healthy, successful, and persistent weight loss.
Dieters naturally feel that cleaning up their diet, i.e., “starting fresh” will foster success. Without having to resort to commercial manipulation, Americans simply do not consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, and are therefore deficient in essential vitamins and antioxidants. Such easily correctable deficiencies contribute to a lack of energy, and/or a lack of overall wellbeing. Paradoxically, many of the detox programs, by increasing the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase the loss of antioxidants!

Antioxidants play a key role in assisting our body’s natural detoxifying processes. Free radicals, molecular compounds that are produced in our bodies as unwanted by-products of normal metabolism, and also from forms of pollution, cigarette smoke, etc., damage our body’s cells, which can facilitate cancer growth. Antioxidants, found in many foods, help eliminate free radicals, and, in doing so, prevent cell damage and disease. Additionally, certain dietary habits (e.g. diets high in saturated fat) have been shown to increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Dr. Broumand’s Detox Diet promotes the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants, while also limiting high caloric consumption, in order to help individuals “lose weight and feel great”, without feeling starved, by the end of a two week interval. Eliminating harmful dietary habits, such as high fat, specifically diets high in saturated and trans-fats, will help decrease the amount of harmful substances dieters ingest, and will aid in more efficiently eliminating free radicals that are produced from uncontrolled environmental factors. By “cleaning up” one’s diet, while learning how diet affects our health, and by also learning what foods are most rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, we promote the patient’s sense of wellbeing, especially when the process yields weight loss in a healthy way. Dr. Broumand’s detox regimen is individualized for each patient’s food preferences, tailored to ensure success!

- Jacqueline Stein, Registered Dietitian

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Meet Jacqueline Stein, Our Registered Dietitian

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Jacqueline Stein graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Island University with a degree in nutrition before completing her internship and Master’s program at Lehman College. As our practice’s Registered Dietitian, she conducts the various food rehab and detox programs offered to our patients. In an effort to help current and…

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Eyelid surgery, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, is performed differently for every patient based on their specific needs. That being said, the overall approach to eyelid surgery I employ at my practice centers around strategically focused steps intended to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes without producing visible signs of…


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