Why Body Detoxification Is A Myth

The world is filled with plenty of myths about health and your body. One of the worst offenders is body detoxification regimes, which try to sell you products based on the idea that your body is toxic. It's not, and buying detox products is an attempt to fix an issue that doesn't exist.

Brian Dunning of the myth-busting show inFact explains why:

Our bodies have kidneys and livers that remove toxins and other waste from our systems, but in the past few years, clever marketers have said "Forget all that, you need our magic pills and potions to detoxify your body." It should be very telling that they never happen to mention what these supposed "toxins" are, or what your doctor should look for in a blood test to see whether you have them. They simply assert that we're all full of toxins, and that buying their miracle product is the key to health.

The above video goes on to explain how several detoxifying products fool you into thinking that something is happening. In reality, the best you can hope for is a placebo effect. So if you're currently wasting money on detox products, or considering it, now's a good time to stop worrying about body toxins and just concentrate on a healthy diet.

Detoxification [inFact]


Comments

    Its funny, I've always thought that people who were going through a "detox" looked sicker than when they were filled with these "mysterious" toxins. I figured it was delirium brought on my massive calorie restriction...

    You’re just talking about the commercial “detox” right? Cause my girlfriend had some virus that almost completely shut down her liver and the doctor recommended her take some special “detox” pill(s) to help after her liver’s recovered a bit. I’m guessing they were actually pharmaceuticals that flush some of the body’s organs when they’re not doing the job.

    i always figured 'detox' was another word for 'getting over a hangover'

    So what about the non-pill type of detox? Eating nothing but brown rice and lentils for a week or whatever. Any health benefits to that sort of thing?

      That's not "detox", that's just eating well.

        It isn't eating well if you are missing essential nutrients and vitamins - however - cutting down from a high fat, high sugar diet that is common in the western world can be good - but there is no long term health value to a week of brown rice and lentils unless you make long-term changes to diet.

      As with everything, you probably have to take those diets with a grain of salt. I remember that stupid lemon detox diet was found to be a sham by a court case.

      if a diet or anything like that ends at any point, it wasn't worth it.

      You need to change what you're doing *permanently* otherwise there's no point, you'll end up where you started.

    There are some harmful products (such as heavy metals) which our bodies tend to store and don't easily get removed on their own. This form of detox is legitimate is probably not what is being addressed in the article.

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