The Detox Diet: How Safe Is It?

09/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Long before this case, reputable dieticians were questioning the effectiveness and safety of detoxing. A detox diet can last anything from 48 hours to 21 days, and most involve drinking two litres or more of water a day, along with dandelion coffee and herb teas that are thought to help expel environmental nasties. Most also recommend additional fluids - carrot and apple juice are favourites because of their "digestion boosting" properties - and some allow unlimited consumption of raw fruit and vegetables, but little else. Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George's Hospital in London, says she has seen dozens of people with debilitating detox side effects, usually as a result of consuming more water and less salty food, often in conjunction with increased activity.

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