Detox drinks have been all the rage as of recently, especially on social media. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian to Brandy are endorsing products such as the “Detox Tea” to advertise that alongside with their diet can help them lose weight. But do they really work, though?
The purpose of detoxing drinks is to flush out the toxins in your body that could be causing you illness, indigestion, inflammation or all of the above. In addition, they could provide various amounts of vitamins and minerals to the body that could increase your energy and metabolism. Whether or not if they work is a question that many would like answered. Being chemically processed, these may cause more damage than good, in the long run.
In their most common form, detox drinks are drinks/pills that aid in the detoxification of the body system by speeding up the natural process inside the body. All the toxins and chemicals that are present in our body are detoxified by the liver.
The type of food that one consumes in their diet goes a long way in determining if the human body’s detoxification system works efficiently. If a person consumes high levels of fatty, sugary, or chemically processed foods, then their detoxification process will be hindered. In addition, the amounts of alcohol, nicotine, and recreational/ pharmaceutical drugs that a person ingests, and the resulting combination is sure to severely weaken the livers detoxification capabilities.
However, there is very little concrete evidence to prove that these drinks really work, although their pulling power to attract customers cannot be doubted. Many if not all of these “detox” products are not even FDA approved. It’s well-known that water is the best natural cleanser for the body, and to rid the body of any unwanted toxins, sufficient amount of water must be consumed. Detox drinks are heavily laced with chemicals themselves, so the concept of detoxifying the body is canceled out. A detox diet, on the other hand, has many benefits that these drinks cannot provide.
The fat cells in your body are responsible for containing the toxic substances inside your body. Now when these fat cells burn, the toxins get released into your body. Detox drinks actually halt the process of the burning of the fat cells, thereby making it impossible for a drug test or a urine test to detect the presence of toxins in the body.
Nonetheless, it is imperative for the human body to detoxify completely, naturally. By resorting to a chemically enhanced and processed substance in order to cleanse the body is not an advisable course of action to take. In the long run, these drinks may only end up damaging your body to a great extent. The best alternative in such a scenario is to consume plenty of water, eat a balanced and healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep.