The Detox Scam: How to spot it, and how to avoid it � Science-Based Medicine
Someone brought this topic up on facebook today, and it's a great one and a personal one because I was totally swept up into this food fad thing this year--and I feel like a numbskull still about it. And naturally the best way to feel better for me is to recover by finding knowledge to prevent it from happening again.
The story of detox diets is not a new one, it's been played for years and years.. being spun into nearly every diet fad ever. Recently, it's been spun into juicing.. which is potentially pretty harmful for the body. "Spend 14 days drinking nothing but juice and it will rid you of your horrible cheeseburger sins! Only $149.99 a week! Delivered to your door! You don't even have to step foot outside and you're already going to be healthier for ordering!" Only diets and fashion could trick people into thinking being dizzy, nauseous, cramping in pain, and fatigued is a good thing and the right thing for them to do.
The only ways to truly detox are to eat right, exercise, get sleep, drink water, be proactive about your health, and be proactive about your environmental and psychological health.