Cleanses Don’t Work – Detox Myths
The road to better health is paved in absolutes. There are processes which simply can’t be circumvented. The natural rules as to how we gain or lose weight are constant: calories in, calories out. If you create a calorie deficiency consistently, over time you will lose weight. It can be tricky, but it can be done. It doesn’t even require switching to grass-tea and mushroom only diet.
However, in pursuit of better health you’ll hear about many plans and methods to lose weight fast. One of them is called ‘cleansing’. It’s an old concept introduced in the 1940’s and has “evolved” over the decades, the principle roughly being the same: drinking a lot of water while generally mixing ingredients into said water, roughly 10-12 glasses a day. That’s all; no food or anything else.
Often times when someone does a ‘cleanse’, they ‘juice’, which means just what it says. Instead of solid foods, you juice or blend fruits and vegetables (which remove many of the good nutrients by the way) and drink that, combined with your typical water intake. Doing this also denies your body many crucial nutrients like protein, so you’ll enjoy a constant yo-yo of highs and lows with energy.
Another fad is the whole ‘detox’ myth, which insists that by doing a ‘cleanse’ you’ll rid your body of “toxins” or the like. The term ‘toxin’ is vague and always non-specific: good luck trying to find out what someone means when they use this term. Regardless, should your body actually have toxins, your kidneys and liver are more than enough to handle the nasty intake of day-to-day diets. Excess alcohol or blockages can cause problems, but this is not going to be resolved via a ‘cleanse’.
There are no proven benefits which come with cleansing or a detox. It doesn’t lower cholesterol or help your heart, and any weight loss is negligible and temporary. It’s better to eat whole, non-processed foods and manage your portions while working on good healthy life long habits, versus a “get slim quick” scheme. Cleansing, overall, is an unproven process and may actually be unhealthy.