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24-Hour Detox Diet

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Christine DiMaria began writing in 2001. She has written for Blue Mountain and various online publications. DiMaria is pursuing an Associate of Arts in health-care administration from the University of Phoenix.
24-Hour Detox Diet
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Technology has created inventions that speed up the process of almost anything. Even detoxification professes claims to a quick fix. One common detox diet is a lemon detox diet, which is recommended to last seven to 10 days. Another detox diet can be completed in just one day. Never follow such diets for extended periods, and never begin any diet without first consulting a health care provider.

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The purpose of any detoxification diet is to cleanse your system. This variety of diet is associated with the digestive tract. According to Better Nutrition, detox diets focus on cleansing the intestines rather than weight loss. The diet concentrates on ridding the body of toxins such as drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Some detox diets claim to make you feel rejuvenated and claim to aid in treatment for some diseases.


The grapefruit detox diet was introduced in 1930, according to In 1940 Stanley Burroughs developed a cleansing lemonade diet, which he touted in his book "The Master Cleanser" in the 1950s. Burroughs updated his work in 1976 with "The Master Cleanser with Special Needs and Problems." The trend of detox diets in 2010 ranges from liver detox diets to mini-detoxes of 24 hours.


A 24-hour detox claims the same benefits as other detoxification diets. According to iVillage, the 24-hour lemon juice diet expels toxins from your body without the hungry feeling common in a complete detoxification diet. A variety of a 24-hour detox diet is the 24-hour detoxification liquid diet, which, according to, is beneficial for individuals who consume alcohol, smoke or overeat. This detox allows you to consume some nutrients while detoxifying your system.


The ingredients that make up the lemonade detox are fresh-squeezed lemon juice, water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. The maple syrup may be replaced with cinnamon. Coriander, spinach, parsley, ruccola and filtered or bottle water are needed for 24-hour liquid detox diet. A 24-hour pomegranate diet consists of four glasses of pomegranate juice, a handful of raw almonds, one vegetable salad and a bowl of brown rice.


Detox diets have not been proven to detoxify your system, according to the Mayo Clinic. In fact, there is no research that strongly suggests benefits to these types of diets. In addition, these diets can cause side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, dehydration and nausea.

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