Five Things to Know if You're Planning a Detox

New Year, New You! And no better way to kickstart the year with a delightful detox. Right?

Detox, the magical elixir of life, that claims to:

  • Rid the body of supposed “toxins” caused by our hectic lifestyle

  • To restore health, energy and balance

  • Cleanse, sooth, and repair inflamed bowels

  • Make you sparkle from the inside out

With such glorious claims, it’s hard to resist right? Yet there is not a shred of scientific evidence to back these claims up, so just how "healthy", not to mention safe, are they?

Detox diets are a scam and are based on glorified fake science.

The body is a weird but extremely efficient and wonderful place that is more than capable of detoxing itself, given the right tools.

In a healthy individual, these tools are; a liver, a set of kidneys, a pair of lungs, a digestive system and skin.

Combined with a balanced diet, you have a perfectly eloquent detoxification system that you don’t have to swipe your credit card for.

The liver is the big gun, which is loaded with enzymes to convert toxic substances into less harmful ones, then filtered through the kidneys and passed out in your pee.

So before embarking (or continuing) on your new detox or juice cleanse, here are 5 things to know first:

1 They Suck Your Money Out of Your Wallet

A “detox” is not something you undergo because you’ve eaten too many mince pies or over indulged on a boozy weekend. It is in fact, a medical term that refers to the safe discontinuation from a dangerous level of drugs, alcohol or poisons. For which, you need a doctor and a hospital.

So when you see the term “detox” being used on the side of a box of dandelion teabags, you are being exploited. Of your money.

And what exactly are these “toxins” that they referring to? As it turns out, the suppliers of these detox products don’t know either.

Nor do they attempt to explain how they work. They can’t explain how they work simply because they do not work.

According to science, a toxin is a biological poison that can cause disease, such as snake venom. If you were in fact bitten by a snake then I’m pretty sure it’s an ambulance that you need and not a box of herbal detox teas from Holland & Barrett.

Misusing the words “detox” and “toxins” is a very deceptive form of marketing to make a pseudo-science product appear legit and rob you of your money.

As for the anti-oxidants claim, not only does our body makes its own anti-oxidants from the food we eat, we don’t need an overload of them and we pee out any spare ones.

We are literally weeing our money down the drain when we buy detox products.

2 They Suck Your Insides Out

For most detox products that market themselves as weight loss aids or cleanses, an active ingredient is Senna or some form of milder herbal laxative, such as liquorice or fennel.

Laxatives are used to treat constipation by emptying the contents of the bowel. However, if you’re not constipated and you take laxatives, they can cause a great big gloopy mess.

They literally suck your insides out.

It is this loss of your insides that is ultimately responsible for a lot of lost weight on the scales and not the loss of any body fat at all.

If such products are abused, they can interfere with blood sugar regulation and cause an electrolyte imbalance, which can result in weakness, confusion, seizures, and even an abnormal heart beat.

Losing the contents of your bowel in 0 to 2 seconds is not healthy. If used frequently, it is not uncommon to develop a dependence on the product, where you soon won’t be able to go for a regular number two without them.

3 They Suck the Life Out of You

Detox products can’t and won’t improve your liver and kidney function, no matter how fancy the box it is sold in.