Detoxing always seems to sky rocket during the run up to summer, most people either want to cut alcohol out of their diet whereas a lot of people will choose detoxing to lose that bit of winter weight that’s being extra stubborn this year. Whatever the reason is, it’s important to know the truth about detoxes, and although the idea of cleansing your body to kick start healthier habits is no doubt appealing (especially if you’ve been going to Lan Kwai Fong a bit too much recently), it’s worth taking off the rose tinted glasses and seeing them for what they are: a scam.

So first thing’s first. Your body naturally detoxes you. Every day. Your kidneys, liver and colon are already working on breaking down and releasing toxins from your body. So whether you’re doing a juice fast or a coffee enema, this “quick fix” isn’t all what it cracks up to be and there is a reason that there isn’t a magical “one detox fits all” formula because your body has already claimed that patent.

Are ALL detoxes and cleanses bad?

No of course not. we’re all for opting for a healthier life and if you’ve been hitting the midnight oil a little too hard recently, drinking a lot more, smoking and eating unhealthily there’s no harm in using a detox to swap out the the unhealthy things you’re putting into your body for nutritious substitutes.

HOWEVER…the word “detox” & “cleanse” are thrown around so liberally, that eating healthier and doing more exercise or even just cutting out cigarettes and alcohol doesn’t seem to count as a “detox”. So although we are advocating for a healthier lifestyle, we are definitely not a fan of juice cleanses, teatoxes, and supplements that claim to cleanse and detox your body practically overnight. The fact of the matter is that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support these products and a lot of them can actually do you more harm than good. 

Before buying into a cleanse that probably costs as much as an all inclusive holiday in the Philippines, take a look at what they’re claiming. What toxins are you so full of that JUICE or a supplement pill has all the answers to, but not a doctor? If you look at the labels of a lot of these products, you’d see that there is no support from the FDA. At all. It’s marketing, all marketing. 

Me, when I see a new FB ad for a “cleanse” I need to buy

 

The real problem with these “detoxes”

It’s not just that they’re not effective, it’s not even just that they’re ludicrously expensive (and cripplingly so in Honkers), but these fads are actually harmful a lot of the time. If you go on a juice cleanse, you’re actually eliminating a lot of nutrients from your body, especially protein which can lead to malnutrition. Colonic irrigation, and other hip and trendy enemas that Gwyneth Paltrow is promoting that week goes even further than malnutrition, as you can have serious repercussions from having regular “colon cleanses” such as septicemia that could potentially be fatal. And why? To have fecal particles forcibly removed by a hose of water instead of naturally. Again, if you’re having trouble down there, go to a doctor.

So, How should you detox?  

There is no magical tea, potion, juice or hose that can make you magically thin or healthy just like that. The key to detoxing is as simple as you think: cut out processed foods, eat more fruit and veg, cut out smoking and cut down on drinking with a nice scoop of exercise and that’s it. Your body will do the rest. Remember that just because you’re embarking on a detox, it doesn’t automatically have to be boring; a detox can be fun too! Check out our Funtox guide for ways to find the most fun from your detox! If you’re doing more exercise than usual, make sure to get regular massages so your muscles are fit and ready to go!

Want to know more about dismantling the detox fad? Check out this video for a bigger picture into the detox marketing scam and how it started 3000 years ago.

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