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Foods to Ditch when cleansing your body and trying to lose body fat.

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

Avoid These Hard to Process Foods During Your Detox

Our bodies were not meant to absorb the myriad of toxins, chemicals and additives that we are exposed to on daily basis. Doing a detox or cleansing program based on whole foods, juices and plenty of water can help you clear out these accumulated toxins from your system. A healthy detox plan can help you drop excess weight, increase your energy and restore your health.

If you’ve made the decision to go through a detoxification program, you should make every effort to avoid foods which can hinder the process. Any cleanse or detox will likely fail if your body remains overloaded by a continual onslaught of hard-to-handle substances. It is very important that during your detox diet you eliminate the following offenders:

Added Sugars

Avoid table sugar and other added sugars. Added sugars inhibit your body’s ability to produce certain enzymes needed in the detoxification process. High fructose corn syrup should be especially avoided. Studies indicate that its chemical structure encourage overeating and triggers the liver to pump more triglycerides into the bloodstream raising your risk for heart disease.


Even small amounts of alcohol put a heavy detoxification burden on your body, especially your liver. During your detox, avoid drinking any alcohol to give your liver a much needed break.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Equal and Splenda are chemically manufactured sweeteners which have been shown to create toxicity in the liver. Avoid artificial sweeteners (yes, that means diet sodas too!) at all costs during and after your detox or cleanse.


Avoid drinking more than one cup of coffee a day during your detox. If you find this is impossible, gradually cut down on the number of cups by mixing in decaffeinated coffee during the first few days until you are weaned off completely or down to just one cup a day.

Dairy Products

Our bodies were designed to be weaned of milk as children and as a result many of us are lactose intolerant as adults (about 65 percent of the human population has some level of lactose intolerance after infancy). Even if you are not lactose intolerant, digesting dairy products places a heavy burden on our body’s detoxification system, so avoid consuming milk, cheese or other dairy products during your detox.


Avoid eating anything that contains MSG (monosodium glutamate), also known as modified food starch, carrageenan, glutamic acid and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market. Although the FDA claims that consuming MSG is safe, many other experts say otherwise. MSG is an excitotoxin which means it overexcites your cells to the point of cell damage or even cell death. It is known widely as an additive to Chinese foods, but it is also often found in packaged foods such canned meats, canned soups, crackers, frozen dinners, salad dressings, seasoning packets and much more.

Packaged foods

Don’t eat packaged foods such as such as cereals, sodas, canned soups, cookies and crackers. Most processed foods are laden with sweeteners, salts, artificial flavors, factory-created fats and preservatives, and stripped of healthy nutrients.

Pesticides Residues on Food

Although it is nearly impossible to avoid all exposure to pesticides, there are several things you can do to limit the amount you ingest through your food:

– Thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables before cooking or eating them

– Peel your fruits and vegetables

– Buy organic products wherever possible

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