Unfortunately, detoxes and cleanses have been widely misunderstood. The beauty industry has been trying to promote such agenda for several decades now and while extremely popular, these detoxes and cleanses have proven to be nothing but a huge disappointment.
With endless books and innumerable models and celebs endorsing this lifestyle to us, it is easy to jump onto the bandwagon and to engage with these cleanses and detoxes. If only by just drinking tea, all our health problems could be fixed. They are targeted to entice, presenting themselves as a quick and easy path to healthy living.
Right from all the juice cleanses to the liquid cleanses, all of them make tall and tempting claims, some of them actually seeming quite believable. It is easy to be enticed by the antics of the detox industry, with their promises of ‘easy weight losses’, ‘removal of toxins’ and ‘flawless skin.’
But science begs to differ. In reality, these quick-fix detoxes and cleanses can actually do more harm than good!
Detoxes vs Cleanses:
What’s the difference?
Detox diets essentially refer to the elimination of unhealthy foods from your diet. They tend to be rather restrictive diets, including foods that “claim” to have detoxifying properties.
Although, detox diets involve the consumption of healthy foods, they account for only a certain kind of nutrition. Therefore, they are usually way off the mark in terms of providing all the necessary nutrition to your body.
Cleanses, on the other hand, are aimed towards fuelling your body with nutrients while flushing out toxins i. e. your system of impurities, at the same time.
Although detox diets vary significantly, most of them involve a period of fasting, along with a strict diet of veggies, fruit and fruit juices, and water. Such cleanses are only temporary, since they’ve scant regard for the nutritional demands of your body.
The very foundation of the detox industry is based on the rather seemingly urgent need to flush out certain toxins, which are perceived to be gravely hazardous to our bodies. Before you fall prey to the notion that your body can get rid of these ‘toxins’ by way of these products, you need to understand how ‘toxins’ work in your body in the first place:
The body does not usually need to be detoxed, except in cases of drug or alcohol addiction. The body performs detoxification on its own through the cleansing of blood, which involves elimination of the toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, liver, and skin.
Our assumption that toxins keep accumulating in our body is really quite flawed. If that were the case, it would have resulted in our deaths much sooner.
All the various marketing ploys tend to leave the term ‘toxins’ rather ambiguous. Since the toxins aren’t explicitly named, it becomes really difficult to scientifically measure the benefits of such practices on the body.
The main aim of the ‘detoxes’ and ‘cleanses’ is only to temporarily remove unhealthy food patterns, so that it gives you the impression of getting healthier.