• Emma Green

Why you don't need a detox

With the new year comes an abundance of messages about 'cleanses' and 'detoxes'. At best these are unnecessary and at worst they are actually harmful. Here is why you don't need them:⠀ 1. You have a liver: Yep, we all have a liver. One of the main functions of the liver is to act like a filter to prevent toxic substances contained in foods, drinks and medications from passing into your blood stream. If you have a problem with your liver, seek professional medical advice rather, a 'detox' or 'cleanse' could do you more harm than good.

2. It's expensive: The cost of a detox or cleanse will depend on exactly what it entails but I can guarantee it will cost significantly more than your general daily diet. It's no coincidence that the people promoting 'detoxes' and 'cleanses' are the ones selling the 'solutions'. If someone is trying to sell you a detox or cleanse, run the other way, fast.

3. Could trigger disordered eating: This is my main concern with these types of diets. Disordered eating and eating disorders are influenced by epigenetic mechanisms. To put this simply, we have genes which get turned on or off by the environment we are in. A detox or cleanse (or any type of restrictive diet) is going to be turning these genes on so you are playing with fire.

If you feel you have overindulged over the holiday period, the best thing you can do it accept it and move on. Our bodies have an amazing ability to balance themselves out if we get out of their way. If you are being mindful, it's likely that you'll naturally crave some lighter foods anyway.

I know that detoxes and cleanses can seem really appealing when you are feeling sluggish and/or uncomfortable in your body but they are not the solution. They are unhealthy, unsustainable, and unnecessary. Focus on healthy habits, take it one day at a time and that will result in a lifestyle that makes you feel good, mentally and physically.

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