Detox & Cleanse: 3 Common Myths

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smoothieWe can’t deny that with all the toxic chemicals that keep surfacing in our foods and drinks, we end up having some toxins in our body. The question is, which toxin eliminating methods are effective and which ones are a waste of time? We hear so many different “experts” say that one detox or cleanse is better than the other and it can get confusing.

Below are three common detox myths:

Going on a certain liquid diet can eliminate toxins

Sorry, but according to Stephen Dahmer, M.D., that won’t help. According to Dr. Dahmer, if you really want to keep your body free of toxins, you should eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise regularly and if you smoke, quit! Besides, your body has a “built in clean up crew”, namely your liver, kidneys, and colon. The next time you think of going on a “fad” diet, remember that your liver, kidney and colon have got you covered.

Drinking excessive amounts of water to detox

Drinking water is good for the body regardless of whether you’re trying to detox or not. That being said, there are dangers to over-doing it. Drinking too much water can actually lead to “water intoxication”. Connie Diekman, R.D., warns that drinking too much water can cause, among other things, headache, fatigue, vomiting, and mental disorientation. Drinking eight or nine cups of water a day is typically enough to hydrate the liver and kidneys and can also encourage toxins to leave the body through urination.

 You can detox by sweating it out in the sauna

There is a little bit of truth to this myth; it is possible to eliminate a small amount of toxins by sweating but it can also be harmful to the body’s natural detox system, making it less efficient. You’re actually more likely to do more detoxing in the bathroom than at the sauna.

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