Cleansing the Concept of Detox

This article was written by Dietitians of Canada, a proud member of the Live Right Now Advisory Board. As part of their campaign "Get the Real Deal on Your Meal," DC is dispelling 39 myths with truths. The following is myth #27.

It's time to cleanse the concept of doing detox, don't you think? 

Everybody knows someone who has tried it or is planning to go on a cleanse. Our body's digestive system function IS to cleanse you already. This intricate system with myriad of enzymes to break down what goes in, absorb the good and excrete the bad and the ugly is what our system was built for. 

Myth 27: A detox diet is a good way to clean out the toxins in your body. 

Truth: There is no scientific evidence to support the need for detoxification diets. Detox diets claim to "cleanse" your system of toxins, but your liver, kidneys and intestine already do that for you. 

Detox diets typically involve fasting followed by a strict diet. Frequent fasting or fasting for more than a few days may cause unhealthy side effects such as headaches, dehydration, low blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Some detox diets include intestine-clearing supplements that might actually be harmful. Your best bet to keep your body healthy is to eat a daily diet based on Canada's Food Guide. 

So, if you're considering trying detox, cleanse your mind of this notion, because you are detoxing as we speak.

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