Detox remedies such as vegetable juices, pills and cutting out certain foods might make us feel less guilty about overindulging but there is actually no scientific evidence to back up their "facts".
Detoxes are based on the idea that stored toxic substances can be removed by eating or avoiding certain foods.
The most popular detoxes tend to involve drinking ‘cleansing’ fruit and vegetable juice, but we're here to tell you about what myths to avoid at all costs:
Detox Myth 1: Certain liquid diets can push out toxins
This is totally wrong. No fad diet can emilinate harmful invaders faster than your built-in clean up crew (the liver, kidneys and colon)!
Many doctors and scientists suggest the best cleansing strategy is a proper diet and regular exercise.
Detox Myth 2: Drinking loads of water detoxes the body
H2O hydrates the liver and kidneys and encourages toxins to leave the body via urination. However, drinking water excessively in the name of detox can be really dangerous. Symptoms of water intoxication include headache, fatigue, vomiting and mental disorientation.
You should only drink around eight regular glasses of water a day.
Detox Myth 3: You can sweat out toxins with a serious sauna session
It's true that small amounts of toxins can leave the body via perspiration, but keep it in mind that heavy sweating can impair the body's natural detox system, makng it less efficient.
You'll do more detoxing in the bathroom than the sauna it seems!