Detox diets have been all the rage for several years now. Their claims to purify your body of toxins and have you feeling like a million bucks are certainly appealing—but do they truly work?
What is a Detox Diet?
Usually when someone uses the term “detox diet,” they’re referring to a short-term change to their food and drink intake that’s designed to purge toxins from their body. Many diets also claim to help you lose weight, improve your digestive system, clear up your skin and much more.
Common Types of Detox Diets
Common detoxes involve a short-term period of fasting, followed by a strict dietary regiment for several days, such as:
- Eating nothing but fruits and vegetables
- Drinking nothing but smoothies
- Drinking specific liquids, such as lemon juice or alkaline water
- Taking herbs or supplements
They tend to vary in intensity and duration, but all claim to achieve similar results.
Do they Work?
Studies find that detox programs have no long-term benefits on either weight management or toxin elimination. In the short-run, you may shed a few pounds, but you’ll likely gain it back once you ease into your regular diet again.
Not to mention, many detoxes don’t specify exactly which toxins will be eliminated from your body. Professor Edzard Ernst of Exeter University notes that diet brands use the terms “detox” and “toxins” as buzzwords—a marketing ploy that gets people excited to buy things. Everyone knows toxins are bad, so it’s good to eliminate them, right? That’s an assumption many detox diets rely on.
So, while nutrient-packed green smoothies are certainly worth incorporating into your diet, they’re not the answer to all of your health concerns as many of them claim to be.
So how do you get Rid of Toxins?
If your body couldn’t naturally get rid of toxins on its own, you’d be in serious need of medical treatment. In a healthy body, the kidneys, liver, skin and lungs work around the clock to expel toxins. Detox treatments don’t speed up this process.
Health professionals acknowledge that some foods, like broccoli, can help the liver perform its detoxifying duties. However, a well-balanced diet, rounded out with exercise is the best way to keep your body healthy and toxin-free. Abstaining from or mitigating tobacco, alcohol and drug use also keeps toxin levels at a minimum.
Does Massage Eliminate Toxins?
Some people argue that massage therapy helps to remove toxins, too. As a massage studio, Elements of Rockville Centre would love to support that claim, but evidence says otherwise. Still, massage should certainly be a part of your general wellness routine, because it has plenty of other benefits!
So the next time a brand new detox diet hits the market and everyone is ranting and raving about it, save your time and money. A well-balanced lifestyle is your best bet for achieving good health.
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.