Do Detoxes Work?

Alright. What is the deal with all these cleanses, detoxes and super diets? Do they really work? Do you have to subsist on an apple and water everyday? Is that healthy for you? And what does detoxing even mean?



I did some research into the most popular detoxes and came up with some interesting info. Detoxing, by the way, means to rid your body of all the built up toxins put there by what you eat and drink. The theory is that if you remove the toxins, then your body can shift its focus off of ridding the toxins and concentrate on repairing things like skin, immune system, ailments etc. Hmmm, well that doesn’t sound that bad!

1. The Clean By Dr. Junger:  

I started with this one because it’s the only detox I’ve done twice and it worked. A few of my friends actually had gray hair grow back in brown. No joke.

Overview: This is a 3 week detox that doesn’t count calories but puts focus on what you eat. Perks include softer/younger skin, weight loss, increased energy, improved immune system, to name a few.

A few of the rules are:

  • Smoothie or juice (taking fruits and vegetables and putting through a juicer) for breakfast, a large lunch consisting of vegtables, rice (or any gluten free noodles), chicken or salmon. Portion doesn’t matter. And dinner is a soup or another smoothie. Snacks include fruit, nuts, hummus.
  • Absolutely no caffeine, alcohol, sugar (agave is ok), gluten, dairy, red meat, soda or starchier vegetables.
  • Drink a ton of water with lemon in it. And Yerba Mate is encouraged.
  • Take a TBS of olive oil at night to keep the liver working and help with bowel movements.

Because you’re not starving on this diet (and the smoothies are really tasty) and after the initial caffeine withdrawals wear off, it becomes pretty easy to maintain.You just need to be able to have a good large lunch as it’s your only big meal.

2. Fat Flush By Ann Gitteman:  

My sister in law did this one. She too lost weight and her skin looked fantastic. But it was way more rigid than The Clean and had more limitations.

Overview: This cleanse is designed to boost metabolism, reduce water retention and lose fat.

A few rules are:

  • You eat every 2-3 hours
  • You drink a ton of water
  • The first phase (2 weeks) you’re allowed 1200 calories per day. Second phase (1-2 weeks) your calorie intake is raised to 1500 per day. Third phase (maintenance) same calorie intake but you can introduce certain foods back in.
  • No oils, fats, sugar, alcohol, dairy or carbs.
  • Exercise highly encouraged.

This cleanse is more of a lifestyle change. And it works, it just takes some serious dedication.

3. The Master Cleanse:  

The Lemonade Diet:

This one sounds insane. And also for people who want to drop weight within a few days. Apparently you drop water weight immediately. But seeing how you subsist on practically nothing, that’s kind of a given.

Overview: Recommended to follow for at least 10 days, this cleanse completely clears your body of everything.

A few of the rules:

  • Morning you drink a quart of filtered water with 2 tsp. of salt.
  • Throughout the day you drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Night time you sip organic herbal tea.
  • And that’s it folks.

Common side affects are nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Yeah this sounds healthy. But if you want fast results, have at it.

4. Beauty Detox Solution By Kimberly Snyder: 

This one was interesting because it seems to play entirely on vanity. Do this plan and you’ll be beautiful! Hmm- we’ll see.

Overview: This detox is more a way of life instead of a once a year thing. It focuses on what to eat that can be easily digested so the body can focus energy on creating collagen, softening skin, staying hydrated etc.

A few of the rules:

  • Absolutely no dairy. The diet is heavy on fruits and vegetables.
  • Teaches the correct order to eat food in.
  • There are 3 different phases to choose from depending on your lifestyle.

This diet is a favorite in Hollywood. Big surprise! I couldn’t find a whole lot of detailed information on it without buying the book. But it sounds similar to all the other ones out there. While I haven’t tried the rest- The Clean was a great way for me to clean out the system in a reasonable way.

What’s Your Take? 

What steps do you take to detox yourself? Do you feel detoxing helps the body to get rid of toxins?

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