Detox Diet Miracles? Wrong Again.

Posted on January 10, 2009

We’ve all heard about “detox” products and diets that promise to rid our bodies of all the crap that’s in there after a period of unhealthy living.

Here are some thoughts (from ) on the topic from some of the UK’s leading scientists and clinicians:

“The body is reasonably resilient. However, if you have indulged too much, help your body to get recover [sic] in the simplest way. Get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Flush your system through with plenty of water. You don’t need expensive remedies for getting back from somewhere you should not have been in the first place. Try not to go there again.”

–Dr Derek Lohman, Research Chemist 

“If you party to excess it is more than likely that you won’t be feeling your best. The cure? A good night’s sleep, your normal diet and plenty of water. Immoderation can only be repaid by moderation. Special detox diets and products are not going to do anything to hasten this process. Chemical scientists get fed up with debunking all these detox claims that come out in January.”

–Professor John Henry, Clinical Toxicologist, St Mary’s Hospital, London

“On detox the Romans got it right: Mundus vult decipi – the world wants to be deceived – better translated as ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ The only thing that loses weight on a detox diet is your wallet.”

–Dr John Hoskins, Environmental Toxicologist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 

My take?  No special “detox” product is worth your hard-earned dollars.  Trying to “detoxify” your body?  Like the experts say, drink water, get fresh air, exercise, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods.

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