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Is Detoxing Actually a Myth?

06-October-2016

Detox is an idea that you can wash off any impurities your body from inside. Some people say that detoxification with their products will help you to loose weight or even treat some diseases. A lot of people are against detoxification, calling it a pseudo-medical concept that was made just to sell you things. Today there are plenty of detoxifying products, like tea, pills, juices, facial masks, hairbrushes, shampoos, and body gels. But do you think that these would really help you?

Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, is claiming: “Let’s be clear, there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t. The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life threatening drug addictions. The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.” (1)

For instance, these expensive organic juice detox cleanses are claiming that they will assist you with loosing weight, make your skin look healthier and help you to get rid of pesticides, metals and other toxins. But now a lot of questions come. How just usual fruits and vegetables will accomplish what the producers of juice are promising? Does it mean that you can just eat a salad consisting of the same products and your body will start getting cleansed? Why is there so much sugar in the juices? And why are they so expensive if they are made of fruits and vegetables? All of that makes one hesitate, if detoxification really works. Professor Ernst is wondering what are the reasons to detox: “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak. There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.” (1)

But how to stay healthy then? You can achieve it by regular exercise, balanced diet and have time for yourself!

Source:
(1) https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance


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