Detoxes, Are They Really Effective?

Detoxes, Are They Really Effective?

Detoxes are all the rage nowadays, especially with everyone's obsession to lose weight and have the "perfect" summer body. But are detoxes really as effective as some claim they are, and are we truly removing toxins from our body in the process? 

A detox is a period/process in which you get rid of a toxin or abstain from unhealthy substances. Many people detox in order to lose weight, others will detox as a form of rehabilitation from substances such as alcohol or drugs, regardless of the reason detoxing is hailed as the go to for many "quick fix" ways to reaching a goal. 

As human beings, we naturally have a detoxification process going on in our body at all times. The liver and the kidneys constantly clean out our bodies from toxins and other substances which provide little to no benefits to our well being. Toxins do not build up in the liver or kidneys so detoxes that promise the ability to cleanse these organs are not going to do as promised. According to Dr. Michael Smith on the popular medical site WebMD, "If your goal is weight loss, a detox diet might help you drop a few pounds, but you'll likely just gain it back... If your goal is to detox your system, don't waste your time or money. Your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins no matter what you eat.". Also, a lot of intensive detoxes can leave you malnourished as they tend to be low calorie, nutrient poor diets. This can lead to low energy, light headedness, fatigue, nausea. 

The only "detox diet" anyone should focus on is a clean eating lifestyle as it would avoid diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as keeping you at your best. Overall, even detoxes that produce results in the beginning will eventually return to your original state once you've completed them, as well as most being very unhealthy for the body so I will rule them as ineffective. 

Have you ever detoxed? If so, what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Vic

 

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