“The truth is unless you’re a heroin addict or you’re at risk of alcohol poisoning, you probably don’t need a ‘detox.'”
That’s the opening to a report from Vox, targeting the “detox” health fad that’s been rising to prominence over the last decade.
No one denies that toxins exist. Pesticides, lead, alcohol — all things that if ingested in large quantities could be harmful to your body in both the short term and the long term.
But the one thing that many people don’t realize is that the body handles toxins just fine on their own, e.g., the kidneys and the liver drawing substances out of the bloodstream and processing them into feces and urine.
Which brings us back to the detox fad. According to Vox, when researchers asked the makers of detox products what actual toxins their products were targeting, the answer was quite astounding.
“After talking to the makers of everything from smoothies, to supplements, to shampoos, the researchers came back with absolutely nothing. Not a single company could identify what toxic substance their detox product eliminated.”
“Long story short: detoxing for weight loss, for beauty treatments, for fitness, is bullsh*t.”
But thanks to celebrity endorsements and the public’s embrace of pseudoscience, the detoxing fad isn’t going away anytime soon.
Before you succumb to this incredibly appealing notion, you should know that the idea of using some product to “detox” is nonsense. But this hasn’t stopped clever marketers from selling the idea that we can become, somehow, less toxic by using special products.
Watch Vox’s video below: