Advocates of detoxing suggest that our bodies can become overloaded with toxins from the substances we put into them, and also from the environment we are surrounded by.
It is claimed that a detox plan can improve sluggishness, lethargy, headaches, bad breath, spots, and allergies, amongst other things.
They suggest that cutting out certain foods and substances, for a specified time, will aid the liver and kidneys to cleanse itself from the inside, and as a result boost the immune system.
The science behind their claims?
In short, none!
However, this doesn’t stop manufacturers and various “practitioners” making ridiculous claims to the numerous health benefits of detoxing!
The BBC have recently covered a fascinating series called “The Truth About Food.” The series investigated 500 volunteers, and exposes the real science behind the food we eat. Want to know what food really does to your body? You can check out their website, Science & Nature: The Truth About Food, for numerous video clips from the series.
I came across a great clip on the site, “Does Detox Work?” This is a question many people ask, and unfortunately many believe there are health benefits to be gained from detoxing. However, this is far from the truth, and detoxing is merely a money making, marketing ploy! If you want to throw away good money – go on a detox plan!
Our bodies are extremely well designed, and they do a fantastic job of “cleansing” themselves. Our liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, and gut, are constantly processing and eliminating these nasty toxins. Meticulously flushing with copious amounts of water and fresh juices will do nothing to speed up the process. If you require further convincing, check out this amazing trial:
My advice: drink more water, and get an early night. Your body will love you for it!