To Detox Or Not To Detox?

By: proctor - January 15, 2009
Save yourself the hassle and money and misery of a commercial detox product or plan. Some things never change, like good advice. Eating nutritious foods, exercising, and sleeping enough will do more for your body than any "detox" programs or products can ever claim to do.

Read this article that was published on the BBC:


Tom Wells, a chemist who took part in the research, said: "The minimum sellers of detox products should be able to offer is a clear understanding of what detox is and proof that their product actually works...The people we contacted could do neither."

Words like "detox", "free radicals" and "toxins" are often thrown around in a way that consumers can be convinced that the claims sound good. Key phrases are printed on boxes and spoken in commercials that make you feel like you should care about this product too or else you aren't caring for yourself. The problem is that some drugs or medications that you take could interact with their products, and the results could be dangerous. Your doctor is the only one who should be telling you what you should take.

The body has its own detox system that works really well. Fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains provide a natural detox. A product or detox aid that some company creates and puts in a bottle in order to get you to take your wallet out is simply not going to work better than the human body. If you want to detox, change your bad habits and reduce or eliminate unnecessary things like caffeine, alcohol, full-fat products and over-processed carbohydrates like white flour. Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible whenever possible (i.e. raw carrots instead of cooked carrots).

Like all quick fixes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn't true. There are no magic cures or quick fixes. Just use your common sense and applaud yourself for not following fads.

About the Submitter


I have been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2000 who has trained over 3000 hours. I specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, stretching, running, and weight loss. Yoga is also a passion for me and a way of life. I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in India and love to share the calmness, strength, and openness that yoga offers to people of all ages and abilities.

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