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The Liver Cleansing Diet by Dr. Sandra Cabot, was one of the first detox books written. After release it quickly became a huge bestseller.
After seeing numerous overweight patients, many with sluggish metabolisms, Dr Cabot decided that liver function was impaired – due to poor diet and nutrition.
Dr Cabot claimed that improving liver function led to weight loss. After 2 years of working successfully with 1540 patients she professes a 100% success rate.
Liver Cleanse – Cure for all ills?
The following symptoms are claimed to be alleviated from doing a liver cleanse:
- Abdominal bloating
- Poor digestion
- Frequent fatigue
- Unpleasant moods
- Bad breath and coated tongue
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Sluggish metabolism
- Overburdened immune system
- Excessive body heat
- High cholesterol
- Gall bladder disease
- Fatty liver
- High blood pressure
- Sugar cravings
- Intolerance to alcohol
- Excess alcohol intake
- Inability to lose weight
Dr Cabot seems to attribute poor liver function to a vast range of symptoms, some of which could be diagnosed by any number of conditions. Always consult your doctor before diagnosing or treating yourself with some list or book.
Liver Cleansing in Brief
- The diet is strict, with all vegetables to be eaten raw.
- Recipes are included.
- Liver Cleansing Supplements are recommended.
The premise of this diet is good, but it seems to be too simplistic to blame a single organ for most people’s weight and health issues. Detox diets are useful, but don’t necessary aid or teach you in forming lifelong good eating habits.
There is also a lack of scientific evidence proving that detoxifying diets are as effective as they are claimed.
If you have to continually ‘reach’ for a detox diet, then something in your everyday nutrition and lifestyle is not right.
By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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Last Reviewed: January 17, 2018