You may or may not(!) remember from biology lessons that our bodies are constantly ‘detoxing’ i.e. filtering out waste products & potential toxins. An example of a toxin is alcohol, which the liver helps to break down – and, the liver (if given a little rest from time to time!) can recover by itself – it can even regenerate if damaged!!
There are several other organs, which are involved in detoxing/protecting our bodies which include our skin, intestine & kidneys. Our body is doing an amazing job in getting rid of toxins! Our liver produces bile, which neutralises acid & emulsifies lipids into small droplets to make it easier for the digestive organs to absorb necessary nutrients from the food. Our liver can also recover by itself!
Our body automatically does the jobs that detox juices or teas claim to, but CANNOT do! These products may also have diuretic properties & laxative effects, which can leave you dehydrated and can be extremely dangerous! Detox pills, teas & powders CANNOT replicate the body’s complex processes, which is why a balanced diet (more colour = more antioxidants = better able to neutralise toxins), staying hydrated, being active, not smoking & sleeping enough are all essential to keeping our bodies in working order (and detoxing for us!).
So don’t believe the hype and PLEASE save your money .. it’s better spent in the fruit & veg section of the supermarket!
𝗪𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐃𝐄𝐓𝐎𝐗 𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐓𝐒?
Typical detox diets (aka fad diets) promote an extreme restriction of calories & eliminate food groups that aren’t only unnecessary but are likely to result in weight loss followed by regain, and even worse can increase the risk of developing disordered eating.
You can however put into place a few simple tips to ‘make over’ your diet, after a period of indulgence:
Decrease your intake of food products high in saturated fat, salt & sugar – but don’t completely restrict yourself!
Eat an abundance of whole foods including fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds, lean meat & whole grains.
Top up with fluids regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated and alert.
Open up to relaxing, taking more ‘me time’ and sleeping (aim for 7-8 hours a night).
eXercise (move your body) daily – aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least 3-5 times a week, including 2 sessions of resistance exercise.
What is your experience with detox juices/supplements? 🤔
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