Are liquid detoxes good for you?
I’ve stopped buying women’s magazines, as every one I picked up had an article in it about the latest ‘juicing’ craze, or the latest ‘liquid diet’ and ‘detox’. I have been sceptical, it must be said, but am I just too cynical?
I have been sceptical, it must be said, but am I just too cynical?
Most scientists or nutritionists say that there’s no such thing as a detox. Firstly, you shouldn’t be putting your body through so much turmoil that you need a ‘detox’ in the first place. Secondly, your body is bloody good at what it’s supposed to do. Thirdly, a so called ‘toxin’ would kill you instantly, therefore, coffee can’t be called a toxin…
You have something called a human body – ever heard of it? Your wonderful organs, such as your kidney, liver, lungs and skin, do all the ‘detoxing’ for you. Every time you eat or drink anything, your stomach keeps the good stuff and throws out the bad stuff. ‘Detox’ is nothing more than a marketing phrase which is used to sell products because the consumer thinks it’s doing them good.
But is there any truth at all in the whole smoothie/juicing/liquid diets craze? It is, after all, a booming market with companies charging extortionate prices for blenders and smoothie makers under the guise that it will make you ‘healthier’. The ‘Nutribullet’ costs just under £100…for a blender! And that’s not even the worst – the ‘Vitamix’ will set you back between £300 and £400. So is it really worth that kind of money?
‘Detox’ is nothing more than a marketing phrase which is used to sell products because the consumer thinks it’s doing them good.
I doubt it. The only good thing about these ‘healthy juicers’ is that they can encourage children to get their five-a-day.
Other than that, fruity smoothies are full of sugar and juices, in particular, remove the fibre, and arguably the best stuff, from the fruit and vegetables. If you try and live off a ‘liquid diet’ for a few days, your body can go into shock and actually store fat instead of burn it, so you’ll put weight on. Also, processing all your fruit and veg into drinkable form can actually cause great harm to your stomach – it’s the job of your digestive system to process food, not the job of your blender.
So, are liquid detoxes good for you?
All in all, throw those juicers and smoothie makers away, and spend money on good quality, fresh fruit.