Here are 3 detox myths busted meant to make us feel better that we’ve all heard of. It was about time to bust them for good!
We’ve all heard about various ways to detox our bodies. Magical formulas meant to reset and put us back on a healthy track and we’re most tempted into trying them after a long period of excess.
1. Juice cleanses
The first detox myth busted is related to juice cleanse. There is a very popular belief that vegetable and/or fruit juices do wonders when it comes to eliminating toxins. If you follow a strict diet consuming only liquids, without any solid food for a few days or weeks.
The myth is busted because experts say that it hasn’t been proven scientifically to work. Neither is a healthy approach for dieting.
2. Detox Teas
Another detox myth busted is detox teas. Detox teas are made from herbs and claim to clean your liver or help with weight loss. They differ from juice cleanses because they are used in conjunction with food and many celebrities seem to swear by it.
This myth is busted because experts say many of these teas contain laxative ingredients that make you absorb less food so you’re more likely to eliminate it. But, like most things that are too good to be true, they are not a miracle formula to detoxify your body or lose weight.
However, green tea is a great addition to your diet because it contains antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage and help fortify the organs in charge of detoxification.
3. Water Fasting
You’re probably confused about this, and you’re wondering what can be wrong about water?
Water fasting has been around for centuries and it’s practised by religious groups all around the world. Recently, it has been a new trend for detoxifying. This is mostly done under medical supervision because it can last up to 40 days, during which you are supposed to only drink water and no other types of liquids or food.
The myth is busted because there is no scientific proof that it works for detoxifying. However, there is some research that has shown it may stimulate autophagy, a process by which the body breaks down and recycles old cells but, prolonged water fasting is an extreme and unnecessary measure that can be dangerous.
Is detox, generally speaking, a real thing? Does it ever work or is it just a way for us to feel better about ourselves? There is little scientific evidence that detox diets remove toxins from our bodies. What we can most definitely rely on are our kidneys and liver, our very precious organs that help with filtering and eliminating toxins we ingest. Most dieticians and health experts say the best way to live a healthy life is to have a balanced diet.