Within the health and fitness industry there is an ever-increasing epidemic of bogus and scam products, designed to do nothing more than bring in big profits for those that market and promote them.
And ranking right up there among the best of them are so-called detox diets and cleanses, which supposedly flush the body of mysterious, unnamed and nondescript “toxins”, something that our body, it seems, is incapable of doing itself!
The fact of the matter is that no scientific evidence has ever been put forward to prove the efficacy of these products, much less that actually identifies the so-called toxins that need to be removed. The seller of these products themselves, in fact, can’t identify what exactly they are.
The only evidence ever produced that lends support to the benefits of detoxes and cleanses has been purely anecdotal. But when you think about it, it is hardly surprising that some people report feeling better after a detox.
Once you go through a detox diet, which normally involves drinking lots of fluids, fasting, and ingesting ingredients that produce a laxative effect, you essentially vacate your digestive system of the bulk of its contents. For someone who is accustomed to overeating bad foods and therefore feeling stuffed, bloated and heavy, this naturally produces an immediate sense of relief. Add into the equation the placebo effect and you have what, on the surface, appears to be a miracle product.
The facts behind detoxing and cleansing are these, despite the claims of their promoters. Firstly, your liver and kidneys are more than capable of removing any waste products and toxins from your body entirely on their own.
Secondly, detoxing and cleansing do not produce fat loss. Instead, they simply lead to a transient loss of body weight by vacating your digestive system.
And thirdly, the temporary relief experienced by detoxing or cleaning is purely the result of relieving an over-filled, bloated or disturbed digestive system, which is caused by overeating, eating the wrong foods, or both. It is not the result of the removal of any “toxins”. This is something than can easily be achieved by adhering to a healthy and sensible diet, without the need for paying for any expensive “miracle” products.
If you’re still unconvinced that the whole notion behind detoxing is largely built around nonsense and lies, click on the link below to view a document called The Detox Dossier.
This report outlines the findings of a group of scientists who contacted a number of companies to ask them questions about the detox diets and products that they sold. If there weren’t so much money being made by these companies, many of their responses would be comical.
Among the vague explanations and fundamental lack of understanding, one company thought that “endocrine” was an organ, and another considered the word “liver” to be a scientific term. Several company representatives admitted not understanding how these products worked and not using them themselves.
It is well worth your while looking through this eye-opening document before buying into any detox or cleanse. Once you have a sense of who is behind these products your opinion will no doubt change somewhat!
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