You hear the word detox everywhere. Every juice joint, health food store and supplement company has some sort of product to rid your body of invading toxins. The claim of having the ability to detoxify or cleanse, implies that our bodies are full of harmful invaders, and can promote feelings of fear amongst people trying to live a healthy lifestyle. If we don’t detox will we get sick? Will our bodies not function properly? Will the toxins build up and take over? All these questions can make you dizzy with dreadful possibilities. However, in my opinion, the situation isn’t as dire as advertised.
Depending on what product you’re looking at, there are differing claims being made about the types of toxins that are being accumulated by the human body. Whether it be gluten, GMO’s, vaccines, medications, red meat or alcohol, the story is the same. These things are mounting an offensive on our delicate bodies, and without a miracle detoxing solution, our health will suffer greatly. This simply is not true.
There are hundreds of different products claiming to have the ability to cleanse the body, but there isn’t any science to back up these claims. For example, juice cleanses have become very popular in recent years. These cleanses advertise the ability to aid in weight loss, improved sleep, increased elimination along with a myriad of other things. Of course you will lose weight on a juice cleanse, if you’re only drinking juice for 3-4 days, how could you not lose! The simple fact is you are consuming less calories, there isn’t any other reason. Your sleep will be improved, because you will be downright exhausted from the lack of protein, carbs, fats and calories your body needs for energy. Your elimination will be improved, because you are drinking a lot of fiber, and that makes you poop more. This doesn’t mean you’re pooping out toxins, you are simply pooping.
Our bodies are naturally designed to detoxify themselves. The liver, kidneys and colon are constantly working to “cleanse” our bodies of toxins, through natural elimination, otherwise known as peeing and pooping. The website Live Science does a great job of breaking this down in a way that makes a lot of sense.
Another common sales tactic of these products is that you can undo periods of over-indulgence with a detox. There is no undoing over indulgence. You did it, it’s done, and now you start over. If you’re feeling bloated and yucky from the holidays, it’s time to start fresh and return to your healthy eating regimen. Doing a detox or cleanse isn’t going to reverse time and make your body forget the massive amount of cheese you consumed for the last 2 months. The only thing a cleanse may do, is jump start your weight loss, as a result of the fact that you’re consuming less calories. If that’s your goal, there isn’t anything wrong with that, just don’t believe the hype that you need it. You can just as well get back to your regular way of eating, and drop the weight naturally and healthfully. It may take more time, but in the end it’s better for you.
To sum up, let me be clear on my opinion of detoxing. I do believe that there are many toxins in our environment, and that they interact with our bodies and can possibly cause problems. However, I don’t believe there’s any magic potion that you can drink, eat or inject into your body that will get rid of these toxins. The best defense against the toxic world we live in, is to eat a healthy diet, exercise, don’t smoke or do drugs, and in general take care of your health.
I realize many people will disagree with what I’m saying here. This is a very controversial topic, and people on both sides of the argument are passionate about their beliefs. I actually wasn’t sure what my stance was on this until I started researching. I like to see scientific data to prove theories, and I just wasn’t finding enough. Coupled with my personal experiences “detoxing” I’ve come to my conclusions and won’t be doing it again.
For more information regarding the myths of detoxing, check out Mark’s Daily Apple.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Comment below and let me know.