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Is Acai Berry Cleansing Diet Worth My Time?

Published: September 5, 2010
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I heard about the acai berry cleansing diet, is it worth my time or should I look for something else? All the articles I've read seem to promote it, but I'm just not sure. Thanks.
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Dear Is Acai Berry Cleansing Diet Worth My Time?,

 

While acai berries certainly have some nutritional value as a food, just as leafy greens, blueberries, and carrots have their own value as food choices, there is no medical evidence that the acai berry cleansing diet is particularly beneficial or helpful to the body’s digestive system.

Cleansing diets are often appealing to people who like the idea of a quick fix – that they can go for a period of time where they are not really considering what they are eating and then do a quick fix for their bodies with one of these cleansing diets. However, it is hard to get around the fact that if you want to keep your body and digestive system healthy, these quick fixes are not going to cut it – what you need to do is make a commitment to eating healthy for the long-run. That means incorporating whole grains, healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables into your diet and really limiting junk foods, foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and foods that have lots of additives and preservatives in your day-to-day eating.

Think about all the mammals in the world that have survived and thrived over the years, such as lions, bears, giraffes, and horses. They have not needed to rely on cleansing diets to be healthy and for their digestive systems to function – they have simply stuck with the natural and healthy food choices appropriate for how their bodies function. The same is true for humans.  

If you are considered about whether or not your diet is healthy enough, or if you have any concerns about how your digestive system is functioning (i.e., you are often constipated, have diarrhea, or stomach pains), then FX recommends that you meet with your doctor to discuss healthy steps you can take that will be effective. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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