Kick Detox Fads to the Curb

Remember detox diets? I sure do, having implemented the Wild Rose Cleanse more than once in my life. But, I became more educated on the nutrition front and discovered that detox diets are, well, bunk.

Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, made his opinion on the matter clear. As he told the Guardian newspaper: “Let’s be clear, there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions, he said. “The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”

So, it’s best not to buy into trendy detoxes that promise to “flush out your system” etc., Especially when there are nutritionally rich foods that naturally help our bodies eliminate toxins and impurities at a fraction of the cost. Some of the best ones out there include:

Ground flaxseed. Add flaxseed to cereals, salads, smoothies or even sprinkle on yogurt. Most of us don’t get enough fibre on a daily basis so making flaxseed a part of your daily nutrition regime will help big-time in helping your gut, kidneys, and colon function. Just remember to keep that ground flaxseed in the fridge as it can go bad.

Turmeric. We love turmeric. The curcumin in turmeric is wonderful for detoxifying as well as providing an anti-inflammatory boost.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Another fav of ours. It helps ward off bad bacteria in addition to helping lower blood sugar and cholesterol. (We’ve written about apple cider vinegar before, check here for one of our favourite smoothie recipes that feature it).

Greens. Yup, that’s right. Good ol’ veggies such as kale, cauliflower, spinach, and broccoli do their part to fight the good fight as far as the liver is concerned. Oh, an interesting fact about broccoli. It is a brassica (same as sprouts and cabbages) so it contains cyanide. Eating broccoli provides your body with a tiny bit of poison which helps the enzymes in your liver to better deal with any other poisons.

There is science behind detoxifying baths, though. Bath salts (such as Epsom and Himilayan, which is what SeaLuxe uses in our popular bath teas) have proven to have benefits. Magnesium absorption is a biggie; a study found that those who had baths with salt had increased levels of magnesium and sulphate in their blood. Additionally, most report their skin is softer after a 20-minute bath with salts, and muscle soreness is diminished with a 12-minute long salt bath.