The Detox Myth
‘Detox’ is one of the biggest buzzwords used to sell health and wellness products. There are literally thousands of ‘detoxifying’ products – from smoothies to soap – that promise a long list of health benefits. But with very little scientific evidence to support these products, many consumers are left wondering if they are worth the hype.
Detox culture is an extension of our society’s tendency to hop from one fad diet to the next in search for instant gratification. The idea that you can flush away that sluggish feeling and extra weight gained through an unhealthy lifestyle with a short ‘detox cleanse’ is extremely attractive – and it sells products. But be careful not to be charmed by false claims and flakey products, your body is already built in with several detoxifying organs. While some people do report feeling better following a detox diet, or cleanse regime, it’s likely due to the elimination of unhealthy foods during that period and not because of taking additional supplements or other products.
Where’s the science?
While evidence for many popular detox methods, such as the Master Cleanse (cayenne, lemon and maple syrup) really doesn’t exist, there is evidence to support the benefits of some other nutrients. For example, several supplements, vitamins and amino acids do support your body to neutralize and eliminate toxins.
Your body has it’s own effective means of detoxification and filtration. As long as you are eating foods that support your liver and kidneys, your body will take care of the rest. It is also important to consume enough water throughout the day. Your organs will perform their best if you limit your intake of saturated fats, added sugar and alcohol.
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