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Can detoxing help your gut health?

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Can detoxing help your gut health?
If you've over-indulged of late, then the idea of detox may well appeal - flushing out the Christmas and New Year excesses, and negotiating the start of the year afresh. There are plenty of products that offer help, from detox massages and smoothies to herbal teas and starvation diets.

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The word "detox" is used in 2 different ways

The word "detox" is used in 2 different ways
  • Medical detoxification programs that help people with serious alcohol or drug problems to get clean.
  • Home detox diet marketed to us with promises to rid our bodies of “toxins”. There are no sufficient findings to support its benefits in the long term, but people still find it appealing.

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Our body has its own detoxing mechanism

Our body has its own detoxing mechanism

Your body is constantly detoxing itself without special teas, juices or diets. You can help it to do its job by eating a healthy diet, drinking water, taking regular exercise and getting the sleep you need. 

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Use detox as a metaphor...

... for changing old habits. Perhaps you should think of a detox as a new start, a metaphor for shedding old habits, rather than something that flushes impurities from your gut and your organs. 

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Most Common Ways to Detox

  • Fasting for 1–3 days.
  • Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
  • Drinking only specific liquids, such as salted water or lemon juice.
  • Eliminating foods high in heavy metals, contaminants, and allergens.
  • Taking supplements or herbs.
  • Avoiding all allergenic foods, then slowly reintroducing them.
  • Using laxatives, colon cleanses, or enemas.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Completely eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, and refined sugar.

The Lack Of Evidence For Detox Diets Success

Detox diets rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove. The mechanisms by which they work are also unclear.

There is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins from your body. However, your body can clear itself of most toxins through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat.

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Detox is a myth

Detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs clean and ready to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things....

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But it’s not clear exactly what these toxins are. If they were named they could be measured before and after treatment to test effectiveness.

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Everyone has a different requirement for water. Temperature, humidity, size, age, gender and activity have an influence on your fluid needs.

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