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4 Myths About Detoxing That Are Totally False

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. 

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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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Detox and its limitations

Detox diets are generally short-term dietary interventions designed to eliminate toxins from your body.

A typical detox diet involves a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of ...

Most Common Ways to Detox

Most detox diets involve at least one of the following:

  • 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.
Which Toxins Are Eliminated

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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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.

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“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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