One of the biggest trends of late are detoxes - whether it be a particular type of diet, green smoothies or apple cider vinegar - detoxes claim to produce amazing results, from weight loss and increased energy to better immunity.
Unfortunately, detox diets usually recommend strict and rigid plans, removal of whole food groups and the addition of unusual or unnecessary recipes, which can actually lead to you missing out on important nutrients in your diet.
So do I need to detox after a big weekend or a holiday?
Nope! Lucky for us, healthy people already have a great system for waste removal in our bodies. Our kidneys, liver, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and immune system all work together to remove any toxins or unwanted substances from our body soon after we consume them. Your body is more than capable of detoxing itself, and has been ever since you were born!
What can I do instead of a detox?
The best thing you can do to ensure you are healthy and meet your nutritional requirements is to include a variety of nutritious foods in your diet each day! To find out how healthy your diet is try the Healthy Eating Quiz
The bottom line:
There is no need to ‘detox’. Your body does a great job of removing toxins from the body itself. The kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and intestines are all organs that work to ‘detox’ your body so there is no need for you to follow detoxing programs; your body is doing this for you.
For more information on this check this out: https://theconversation.com/mondays-medical-myth-detox-diets-cleanse-your-body-10208.