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4 Myths About Detoxing That Are Totally False

Detoxing is not an easy fix

After end-of-year binges on unhealthy and often processed foods, the post-New Year's detox can feel right. People love a quick fix.  The issue is that they're just not sustainable.

True health is about making long-lasting changes that you can stick to, and that's the opposite of what a detox really is.

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4 Myths About Detoxing That Are Totally False

4 Myths About Detoxing That Are Totally False

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Your body doesn't need outside help to detox

Your body is capable of handling toxin removal all on its own. 

While it's true that things like a regular habit of drinking too much can eventually hurt your body's ability to maximize these operations, even the shiniest detox plan probably won't mitigate that effect.

Detoxing is not an easy fix

After end-of-year binges on unhealthy and often processed foods, the post-New Year's detox can feel right. People love a quick fix.  The issue is that they're just not sustainable.

True health is about making long-lasting changes that you can stick to, and that's the opposite of what a detox really is.

Slashing certain macronutrients

Carbs, protein, and fat are the trifecta of perfection for keeping your body healthy. 

  • Carbs offer both physical and mental fuel, 
  • protein helps keep you full and is the building block of muscle, 
  • fat is satiating and prettifying (it often has skin-improving antioxidants). 
When you eliminate these important nutrients, you may see slowed metabolism from drastically decreasing calories, dry skin, decreased energy, and crankiness.

Green juice is not nectar from the gods

Even if you have a green juice that is mostly veggies and one serving of fruit, you still won't get the full benefit that would result from eating that product instead. That's primarily because super-satiating fiber is mainly located in the skin of fruits and vegetables. 

How to feel better in the long term

  • Be real with yourself. Don't set unrealistic goals.
  • Get ruthless with your kitchen. Once you've committed to living a healthy lifestyle, overhaul your food stores.
  • Become a pro at meal prep. Do meal prep on weekends.
  • Figure out simple swaps you can make daily. Swap a morning doughnut for a protein-packed breakfast.
  • Drink a ton of water.

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Eggs have a lot of cholesterol compared to other foods. Although cholesterol in the blood is strongly related to heart disease, eating cholesterol is weakly associated with raising the cholesterol levels in your blood.

Eggs have other heart-protecting properties and eating it probably won't harm your heart.

Cancer or Alzheimer’s From Antiperspirant

  • A chain email in the 1990s was responsible for the false belief that antiperspirant was raising the risk of breast cancer. 
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The more water you drink, the better

Water is necessary to life and a healthy beverage, but not in excessive quantities.

Your body can give you an indication of how much water it needs. It is better to drink to your thirst.

Getting a base tan can prevent sunburns

Tanning can increase your risk of cancer. Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles. 

“Detoxes” work

Your body can detoxify itself, provided you have a healthy liver and kidneys.

Detox diets may even harm you. Juices high in sugar can increase your blood sugar level. A juice fast may also lead to malnourishment.

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Detoxing is a hoax

There's no evidence that drinking a series of juices, teas, or any of other so-called 'detox' product...

Toxins explained

A toxin is something that can be harmful to you, but this is about as broad a term as it gets. There's a spectrum; toxicity depends on what it is and how much you take in. 

The urge to detoxify your body come January has nothing to do with a buildup of toxins. Feeling bloated and fatigued is the result of the entire gingerbread village you ate on Christmas and washed down with a gallon of champagne on NYE.

Your liver helps you detoxify

Pretty much everything you do ingest goes straight to your liver, where some complicated chemistry determines what to do with it. 

If it's something useful the liver sends it out into circulation, but if it's not immediately usable or could be harmful, your liver has enzymes to neutralize it and send it off as waste to be removed from the body through urine, mostly.

The best you can do to help your liver out is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. That, and exercise.

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