The word detox is being loosely thrown around all over the internet, usually alongside a product. We’ve all seen the adverts – detox pills, smoothies and diets to cleanse the body of toxins. So what are these advertisements actually talking about?
Well as detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body, let’s first understand the basics of how this is done naturally:
- Toxins (alcohol, drugs, chemicals, etc.) from around the body are collected in the bloodstream and make their way to the liver.
- The liver has many jobs, one being to filter the blood to remove the toxins.
- The toxins are then excreted from the body and the blood carries on doing what it does.
So that sounds like a pretty good system, and people have been living with it for quite some time. So the next question is: ‘can any supplement help improve the liver function?’
The experts say no. Unless damaged, the liver is able to cope with everyday life quite easily. So much so that it can remove an almost lethal dose of alcohol from the body in 36 hours (I wouldn’t try this!). The liver is very proficient.
What about a detox diet or shakes? Hmmm, sounds ridiculous. What can a detox diet offer that a healthy balanced one cannot? Instead of shakes, drink plenty of water to help keep your body hydrated.
My top tips for anyone feeling run down are as follows:
- Eat a healthy, balanced range of foods.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Make sure you get plenty of sleep, this is often overlooked!
- Exercising gives many health benefits including releasing endorphins, helping you to feel better.
So no matter how much these companies market their ‘detox’ product at you, always remember that you simply do not need it!
Anyone wishing for further information, check out this detox leaflet from Sense About Science or drop a comment below.