Wellness: Why Detox Doesn’t Work

Wellness: Why Detox Doesn’t Work

We all know for optimum wellness after a heavy bout of indulgence, the detox is the way forward right? Wrong. We hate to be the bearers of bad news but: detoxes don’t work.

It’s all complete nonsense designed to rip you off.

The detox industry is a multi-million pound success selling us the idea that we can party hard and over indulge and all we have to do to rectify the negative pressure we put our bodies through is to detox  using tablets, juices, water, yoga and various other items we can buy, for a day, a few days, even a month in some cases in order to reboot our systems back to health. But according to a report in the Guardian last week, it’s nothing but a ‘pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things’. In other words, we are being mugged off by the marketeers yet again.

“Let’s be clear,” Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University tells the Guardian, “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.”

Apparently our kidneys, liver and other organs are always detoxifying. That’s their job and we’d be dead if they stopped and allowed toxins to build up in our systems. But what are these so-called toxins which nobody actually ever names?

UK charity Sense about Science contacted the manufacturers of 15 detox products ranging from detoxifying tablets to dietary supplements, teas to smoothies, even detoxifying shampoos. The scientists working for the charity requested evidence to back up the claims their products made. Not a single manufacturer could explain what detoxification their product actually supplied nor which toxins it extracted from the body.

Ernst is angry about this. “It’s a scandal. It’s criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street and it sort of keys into something that we all would love to have – a simple remedy that frees us of our sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that it could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”

According to the experts, the best way to wellness, the best ‘detox’ is quite simple: no smoking, plenty of exercise and eat a healthy balanced diet like the Mediterranean diet: meat, fish, olive oil, wholegrain cereals, nuts and fruits, cheeses and salads. These are the foods which give you a balance of the goodness the body and the immune system needs for optimum efficiency and energy: protein, amino acids, unsaturated fats, starches, vitamins and minerals, fibre for wellness. So ditch the detox!

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