A detox seems like a great idea, but they’re really nothing more than a waste of your hard-earned cashola.
They’re sold as a quick way to cleanse your system and kick-start a weight loss program, but you won’t find any evidence that following a detox program will eliminate more toxins than your body would naturally process.
Your body is actually really good at detoxing all on its own. Our kidneys, liver and gut effectively neutralise toxins within hours of us eating them, converting them into products that can be passed out of our bodies (like wee and poo).
Our lungs, skin and immune system are also primed to remove or neutralise toxic substances.
Your body on a detox
Most people get an ‘upset stomach’ (this is code for diarrhea), exhaustion, headaches, bad breath and aches and pain. This is not your body detoxing; it’s actually you going into starvation mode because you haven’t eaten enough carbs.
This means your system is being flooded with fat storage hormones and enzymes, while your fat burning hormones and enzymes have taken a dive along with your metabolism. Your metabolism slows down as your body literally eats itself, breaking down your lean muscle tissue to fuel your brain function. Not too great, huh?
Sure, you’ll most likely lose a lot of weight quickly, but you’re actually just losing fluid, your carbohydrate stores and lean muscle – not fat. You will regain all of this weight as soon as you start eating normally again and you’ll probably put on even more weight as most people binge eat after periods of starvation.
The bottom line
Detox diets can be expensive and are unnecessary and possibly damaging. You’d do better to simply eat more fruit and veggies and less processed foods, and do more exercise (call me!).