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February 8, 2013

Is it time to detox? G-bombs away!

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G-Bombs, she explains, stands for greens (packed with antioxidants), beans (high in fiber and protein), onions (anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants), mushrooms (help regulate blood sugar and promote healthy weight management), berries and pomegranates (antioxidants) and seeds and nuts (packed with healthful fats and protein).

But all this bulk (fiber) can be a bit of a shock for the body. To counteract gas, Haas suggests chewing more, especially when it comes to cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli.

An added benefit to chewing more is you get more fullness with less, he says. "You reach your satiation point with less food."

And drink plenty of water — up to 64 ounces a day — to go with the bulk, he says.

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While the detox diet is heavy on fiber, it's light on protein. But it's intentionally so, Haas says, because most Americans consume more protein than necessary — especially the animal kind — and a break is usually welcome, he says. Meat can be hard for the body to process.

Johnson recommends that participants in her 14- to 28-day healthful-eating and detox challenges eat no more than three ounces of fish or meat twice a week.

But if you are concerned about protein intake and detox safety in general, contact your doctor before setting out on a detox program, she suggests.

Which lead us to the question: Who needs a detox?

If you feel and look great, you probably don't need a detox. And if you're underweight or nursing, it could actually cut out the fat and protein your body needs, Haas says. But if you have headaches, sinus congestion, fatigue, allergies, acne, joint pain or depression, you might benefit, he says.

"This is all very individual," he says. "I recommend to patients that they see what works for them. The detox diet is experimental and experiential."

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