You cannot Detox your Body…..it’s a scam
You cannot detox your body……it’s a myth
Let me be brutally honest …..it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry. Every day I get bombarded by health emails and among the pile are the usual Detox claims. Of course the idea that you can wash away your calorific over indulgence is very appealing and the perfect answer to our fast-junk food lifestyles with the excess alcohol thrown in.
Before you get excited and rush off to get your ingredients for the juicer or start investigating getting booked into a colonic irrigation clinic, here is something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs nice and clean and raring to go – is a scam. It is one of those pseudo-medical concepts designed to sell you things and make money
Sorry if I have blown your bubble!
Let me clarify a few things…. there are two types of detox: one is genuine and the other isn’t. The genuine one is the medical treatment carried out on people with life-threatening drug addictions. The other type is where the word Detox word is used to sell a so called treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.
Lets get one thing straight …If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, then I’m afraid you’d be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. Our bodies have kidneys, a liver, skin, and lungs. and all of these organs detoxify continuously to protect your body. Advocates of the detoxing often talk about toxins yet are not totally clear about what these toxins are.
In 2009, a network of scientists assembled by the UK charity Sense about Science contacted the manufacturers of 15 products sold in pharmacies and supermarkets that claimed to detoxify. These products ranged from dietary supplements to smoothies and shampoos. When the scientists asked for the evidence behind the claims, not one of these manufacturers could define what they meant by detoxification, let alone name the toxins.
Yet, unbelievably the shelves of health food stores are still packed with numerous products bearing the word “detox”
You can buy detoxifying tablets, tinctures, tea bags, face masks, bath salts, hair brushes, shampoos, body gels and the list goes on!
Yoga, luxury retreats, and massages also all promise to detoxify. You can go on a seven-day detox diet and yes you’ll probably lose weight, but that weight-loss is nothing to do with toxins, it is just because you would probably have starved yourself for a week!
Next on the list -You have probably heard of colonic irrigation. The marketing will tell you that mischievous plaques of impacted poo can lurk in your colon for months or maybe even years and pump nasty disease-causing toxins back into your system. For just a small fee they’ll insert a hose up your anus and wash them all away. What amazes me is that no doctor has ever seen one of these mythical plaques, and many warn against having the procedure done, saying that it could perforate your bowel.
Other tactics can be more insidious. Some colon-cleansing tablets contain a polymerising agent that turns your faeces into something like a plastic, so that when a massive rubbery poo snake slithers into your toilet you can stare back at it and feel vindicated in your purchase. What about the Detoxing foot pads that turn brown overnight. Manufacturers claim this brown is toxic sludge drawn from your body. …nonsense -this sludge is a substance in the pads that turns brown when it mixes with water from your sweat
So in my final rant I will admit that It’s nice to think that there is a simple remedy that frees us of our sins, so to speak….. it would be great if it did exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”