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The Lowdown on Detox Products

Stepping on the heels of yesterday's news that Gwyneth Paltrow is, yet again, doing a New Year's detox, there's a report claiming that products promoted as detoxifying agents lack meaningful evidence. The Oxford English Dictionary defines detox as the removal of toxic substances or qualities, yet none of the 15 products tested by members of the Voice of Young Science network met the requirements of that definition.

The group investigated various products with detox labels, like bottled water, shampoo, detox patches, and vitamins, and challenged the detox claims made by the companies behind these products. According to BBC News, the scientists said, "In the majority of cases, producers and retailers were forced to admit that they had simply renamed processes like cleaning or brushing, as detox."

The researchers identified detox products as a waste of money and said, "Anyone worried about the aftereffects of Christmas overindulgence would get the same benefits from eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep." My thoughts, exactly.


marxie marxie 7 years
What about Isagenix? I tried their cleanse and have to say that my energy level and clarity of mind (no joke) went through the roof. After a day or two, your cravings for sugar or unhealthy snacks are gone. Anyone else try it?
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
Sorry i'm responding so late, but runningesq, I don't exercise when i detox. Your right about that part!
TammyO TammyO 8 years
The word "toxic" is just too strong a word. It has me thinking, just what eactly are you putting in your body that's SO toxic?? Unless you are taking daily swims in a vat of toxic waste(which would give you bigger problems than a "detox" diet could cure)you have noting to worry about since the body cleans itself regularly. Just eat well and exercise and sleep well.
Advah Advah 8 years
I like the idea of a 'detox' when you feel like your body needs it. To me that's about focusing on fresher food for a few days and drinking loads of tea - it especially helped after I'd been sick with flu, throat and ear infections for 4 months in a row a couple of years ago. To each his own I guess - good if you don't feel like you need it, good if you feel like you do. At the end of the day, it's all about feeling better and healthier (I'm not talking about the Paltrow 'detox' here).
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
um...maybe you can live off tea and juice if you just lay in bed all day...but that's just not healthy. sorry, but food is not the is FUEL for our bodies. these detox diets are unhealthy and don't even make logical sense.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I drink detox yogi tea every once in a while. Thats about the extent of my detoxing :)
elistic elistic 8 years
Nothing beats Nature's detoxing ability. Besides, isn't it ironic to be introducing chemicals and whatsnot into your system when you're trying to get rid of them? So yeah, fresh juices, plenty of water, balanced diet and lots of quality sleep any day.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Sorry, I'm way too active to live for 3 days on tea and juice. Eating lots of fruits and veggies, drinking water, and getting plenty of sleep will naturally detox your body anyway. My theory is that most people simply don't eat enough fiber to keep their intestines moving. Then they take laxatives and colon cleansers and whatnot and they get dependant on them. So yeah, I'll stick with healthy eating and lots of sleep to "detox" MY body.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always wonder how well these work, and i've been a bit scared to try them in the past. i've had friends tell me that they've experienced interesting bowel activities as a result of these and i've always had this fear that i'll end up at work with an embarrassing situation.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Why, Marlovestar ? Why do that? Why deprive yourself of the taste of good, healthy, whole foods and your body of nutrients it needs? and FWIW, after a 20 mi run, I think I would die if I lived on tea water for three days. it's pointless and I will consider to believe that until I hear scientific evidence to the contrary.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
I think it's a good idea to do a tiny three day detox once in a while. But not with pills or powders. Three days living on tea water or even just fresh fruit juice is not going to kill anyone.
socktree socktree 8 years
Detox is a bunch of bullshit. If you actually need it, your kidneys are not doing their jobs.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
agreed, fit. eat right, exercise, treats in moderation, lots of water. there ya go.
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