Why detoxes are a waste of money:
Most people tend to fall into the trap of wanting to “detox” or “cleanse” themselves and eliminate “toxins” from the body but we as human beings have 2 organs that are doing the job for use: our liver and kidneys. The kidneys and liver are effective at filtering and eliminating unwanted toxins in the body. There is no scientific evidence to prove that ingesting enzymes, shakes, or skinny teas will help speed up the process.
Detoxes and cleanses that claim to be quick, effective and natural appear to work because of the placebo effect!! When you want to do a detox plan usually that means usually that you are going to eat healthier than you have been and whether you are doing a cleanse or not you will feel better if you cut out things like alcohol or junk food. Oftentimes detoxes will encourage a low-calorie diet along with the consumption of special herb shakes, laxative teas and other supplements. If you use laxative-based products for an extended period of time, your body will begin to rely on them for bowel movements and can cause stress on the digestive system and cause dehydration, loss of electrolytes, and sodium and potassium. The detox has nothing to do with you feeling better it is just a matter of eating foods your body needs and drinking enough water.
When it comes to these detoxes claiming they will assist you in weight loss they actually tend to do the opposite. You may feel like you are losing weight but really you could be losing essential nutrients, protein and decreasing muscle mass. You can also cause your metabolism to slow down because your body thinks it has entered a state of starvation and is trying to conserve calories rather than burn them off.
Instead of feeling like you constantly need to detox your body because you overindulged over the summer or holidays focus on eating healthy year-round and letting yourself treats one in a while!! Again your liver and kidneys are natural filters. Rather than following these fad diets live a flexible balanced diet and create a lifestyle change instead of a quick fix fad diet.
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Written By: Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences