Whether it’s adding a squeeze of lemon to some hot water in the morning, or blitzing and sipping a whole bunch of celery, detoxing in all its commercial forms has become common practice. Some people swear by it, and the idea of eliminating a lifetime of bad diet decisions with just a few gulps of green juice certainly has powerful appeal.
But there’s a major flaw with detoxing.
Essentially these potions being used to replace food groups can help to clear your bowels (if the fibre in your diet isn’t sufficient to move things along naturally). And, sure, this can leave you feeling pretty good.
But the potion’s claim to be a ‘detoxifier’ is a false one, because it isn’t actually supporting the real detoxification process, which is led by the liver and kidneys. These organs are perfectly capable of neutralising any foreign toxins that enter the body by themselves – and there’s no scientific evidence suggesting liquidised kale improves their function even slightly.
In fact, have you ever seen a cleansing program or product that explicitly calls out which toxins it targets? Instead, they tend to make vague (or sometimes entirely fictitious) statements about how they may help eliminate a number of undefined toxins. And we buy into them, even when the real detox diet is right in front of us.