Debunking Detox: Health Professionals Warn Against The Trend

The concept of detoxification, often marketed as a means to cleanse the body of toxins and impurities, has gained widespread popularity in wellness circles. However, many health experts have raised skepticism about its effectiveness, calling it possibly a fraud. It is common for detox diets to involve limiting certain foods or drinking certain juices, teas, or vitamins in order to get rid of toxins and lose weight. 

Some critics say that the body already has very effective systems, mostly the liver and kidneys, that get rid of poisons on its own. According to them, most detox plans don't have solid proof to back up their claims and may even be harmful. When people follow detox diets, they often lose weight quickly, but this is usually because they lose water and muscle instead of fat. This can lead to nutritional deficits and metabolic imbalances. 

Cookbook author, Krish Ashok on his Instagram post mentions, “One of the most common categories of unregulated quackery on the internet is DETOX. The term is used to describe a range of treatments, typically supplements, diets and juices to solve a range of issues from weight loss, gut issues and skin problems. Only problem: THEY DON’T WORK 

Let me be fair to the good faith folks who genuinely think their herbal concoctions actually remove toxins from the body and believe they have seen results. IT’S NOT THE DRINK. It’s just giving your body a break that allows it to remove toxins. The drink ends up taking all the credit without doing any of the work! To be even more fair to folks who disagree, there are molecules in certain foods that are excellent antioxidants and antimicrobials. These are generally good to consume as part of a regular, healthy diet. But they do nothing to DETOX your body but may have beneficial properties AS PART OF AN OVERALL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.” 

While Rujuta Diwekar, one of the world's most-followed nutritionists says, “The best detox is getting back to normal life. Normal food, normal workouts, Normal sleep. Too little food, too much exercise, is simply swinging from one extreme to another. It will only hurt your cause and waste your time. Just get back to your normal life. 

She emphasizes avoiding four types of detox: salad-based, soup-based, smoothie-based, and starvation-based detox. These methods, whether lasting for 17 or 20 hours, are cautioned against. Instead, she advocates three key practices for effective detox and a healthy lifestyle. Firstly, sit down to eat and avoid eating on the go. Secondly, engage all your senses while eating, using hands, eyes, nose, and ears to fully experience the meal. Lastly, chew slowly and thoroughly, allowing each bite to turn into liquid form in the mouth before swallowing. These practices facilitate proper digestion and detoxification, ensuring a healthier approach to eating.