The Detox Myth!
From juice fasts to colon cleanses, detox diets are all trending with those looking to drop a few pounds or kick start a healthier lifestyle. But these methods aren't as healthful as they may seem, according to doctors and nutrition experts.
Detoxification (detox) diets are popular, but there is very little evidence that they actually eliminate toxins from your body.
Very few people know that the main organ that helps in the detoxification process is the liver. Everything we breathe or swallow that is broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream passes through the liver, which is the largest internal organ. The body depends on the liver to regulate, synthesize, store and secrete many important proteins and nutrients and also to purify, transform
clear toxic or unneeded substances, according to the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. Many detoxification products claim to "cleanse" the liver, but in healthy individuals, the liver is not a place where toxins are stored.
Rather, the liver turns potentially harmful chemicals into water-soluble chemicals that can be sweated or excreted from the body. The liver typically does a "superb job" of detoxing your body.
Some people report feeling more focused and energetic during and after detox diets. However, there's little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Indeed, the kidneys and liver are generally quite effective at filtering and eliminating most ingested toxins.