Why it’s important to do a detox before starting a new diet

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Food: What the heck should I eat?

Whether you’re attempting to get to the root of annoying

gut probs

, want to try the eating plan your yoga teacher swears gives her more energy, or want to see for yourself whether

keto

lives up to the hype, there are all sorts of reasons to revamp your diet. But before jumping into a completely new way of eating, according to

The UltraWellness Center

founder and director

Mark Hyman, MD

(one of the most in-demand doctors in the biz), it’s important to do a little detoxing first.

“When you hear the word ‘detox,’ you might think drug detox or alcohol detox or wheatgrass enemas. That’s not what I’m talking about,” the best-selling author, whose new book,

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?


hits shelves February 27. So what

does

he mean?

Here, Dr. Hyman details exactly why a detox is important—and how to do it.


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The case for detoxing

First things first. What exactly does detoxing mean? “It’s how your body gets rid of waste,” Dr. Hyman explains. “If waste builds up, we get sick. The key becomes figuring out how to enhance our body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing our exposure to toxins.”

Dr. Hyman explains that toxic chemicals—from food, air, the

environment

—are absorbed by the body every day. “According to the nonprofit organization

Environmental Working Group

, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood,” Dr. Hyman says. This means the mother is exposed to

at least

this many toxins on a daily basis, “so imagine how many you have been exposed to in your life,” he says.

“The simple truth is that we are living in a sea of toxins and it is destroying our bodies and brains,” says Dr. Hyman, not one to sugarcoat anything—literally and figuratively speaking.

“The simple truth is that we are living in a sea of toxins and it is destroying our bodies and brains.”

For a healthy person, the body’s detoxing system is like a well-oiled machine. But if you start having digestive issues, your doctor tells you something is up with your liver, or

you feel drained constantly

, it means there’s a kink in the system. “Also, if you’re overweight, [toxic] environmental chemicals like pesticides and plastics are stored in your fat tissue,” Dr. Hyman says. “As you lose weight, you need to flush out the toxins that get released from your fat tissue. Otherwise, they can poison your

metabolism

and impair weight loss.”

Even if you aren’t overweight, Dr. Hyman points out that toxicity has been linked to nearly every disease, including

dementia

,

heart disease

,

food allergies

, and

digestive issues

.

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