Detoxes and Cleanses: Do They Work?

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From health food stores, to network marketing companies, to at-home concoctions – you’ve no doubt been introduced to the concept of detoxing or cleansing.

I’ve been asked what I think and have put together these resources for you to read.

Don’t feel like reading?  Well, here’s the bottom line – there isn’t any real proof detoxes or cleanses actually work.  Your body is quite adept at processing toxins out of your body, and doesn’t seem to need any help from a proprietary blend of herbs and juices.

Most, if not all, of the reported benefits of a ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ are anecdotal.  It seems likely the benefits people are experiencing may be due to restricting their intake (weight loss), and cleaning up their diet with more unprocessed foods.

There’s two ways you can look at this subject:

  1. You can go with the research done, and evidence given in the scientific/medical community.
  2. You can go with the diet/nutrition guru or supplement manufacturers claims.

Both sides (medicine/pharmaceutical vs. supplements) are appealing to multi-billion dollar markets, so to say one or the other is only out to empty your pockets would be one-sided.  Both claim to be trying to help people.

I’ve found over time that gurus (for example, the guys and gals writing the diet and exercise books) often use gimmicky concepts that aren’t backed by anything solid other than their so-called expertise.

This is a big deal, and an inconvenient one.  Do you believe the guy you’ve worked with for 5 years who lost 20 pounds on X program because it “worked” for him, or do you believe the findings of those who spend their careers searching for the “truth” (scientists/researchers)?

Unfortunately, both sides have gotten a bad rap – so you’ll have to do some critical thinking and weigh the issue yourself.

Here’s an interesting point though.  When I started paying attention to, and looking further into this subject, the only information I could find in favor of cleansing and detoxing was by the folks selling it.  That, or some other unreliable source like an internet bloggers website.

On the other hand, the articles I found examining “do they work?” were written by people in the health/medical field and even attempted to provide references to any studies done on cleansing and detoxing (hint: there are none).

So, in summary the argument appears to be:

Do you need to cleanse/detox?

Gurus / Supplement Companies: Yes, you do! Everyone does!  You can order _______ from me for $____.99

Scientific Community: We have no reason or evidence to think cleanses or detox diets actually do what they say they do.

Read for yourself:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-detox-scam-how-to-spot-it-and-how-to-avoid-it/

https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/2239/do-detox-diets-work/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification_(alternative_medicine)

https://theconversation.com/mondays-medical-myth-detox-diets-cleanse-your-body-10208

http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/therapies/detox-kits-review-and-compare.aspx

As I come across more resources I’ll update this post.

 

 

 

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