Are Detox Products A Scam?
There’s a lot of misunderstandings around detoxifying the body.
On the one hand, you have many in the “evidence-based” crowd saying detoxification interventions are pointless because we have a liver. On the other hand, you have many in the alternative health circles that promote products with absolutely zero efficacy for aiding with detoxification. As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Why the discord? Because sensationalism sells and gets you attention. Both camps utilize these marketing gimmicks.
Let’s break down the facts and cut through the bullshit:
It's well-established the body accumulates toxicants and that our liver is the primary way the body metabolizes these toxicants and prepares them for excretion through our urine or feces. Supporting our liver’s ability to do its job with foods, herbs, and supplements is anything but pseudoscience. Ya, some are more efficacious than others, but that goes with anything.
Supporting the liver’s detoxification processes and the ability of our body to excrete toxicants is constantly done in hospitals. Charcoal is used in cases of poisoning to bind the toxicant and prevent its absorption. Overdoses of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, which is the most common cause of liver failure in the United States, is treated with N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) to produce more glutathione within the liver.
Basically, supporting the liver’s detoxification processes is anything but pseudoscience. And it really is as simple as eating plenty of vegetables since they provide numerous phytochemicals that facilitate detoxification within the liver and also supply fibers that bind to toxicants excreted in bile and prevent their reabsorption. Sulforaphane in cruciferous vegetables is probably one of the best-known examples.
Let us know what your favorite method of supporting the body in detoxification; comment over here!
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