Detox or not to detox… that is the question


Monday 5th January 2009

With the start of a brand new year and after pigging out on chocolates, nuts, sweets and roast dinners for the last four weeks, no doubt many of you have made the New Year’s Resolutions of ‘eating properly’ and ‘exercise more’ (I know i have, amongst others!). However if you’re about to do your weekly shop and intend on only buying ‘superfoods’ and ‘detox products’, you might want to think again.

Now, eating five portions of fruit and veg and drinking eight glasses of water a day will definitely have its benefits, however scientists have recently proven that some specially formulated ‘detox’ products bear false claims as to their miracle effects.

We have visited this time and again, most recently in the SkinGenesis newsletter. Some manufacturers create names that have a creative, yet medical-sounding name in order to encapsulate its market and make people think they’re using a much more powerful product than they really are.

The BBC  reports on Garnier’s facewash and its claims that it rids the skin of toxins – toxins being dirt, skin oils, make-up etc, all of which can be removed with any decent facewash. Describing itself as eradicating toxins makes it sound more scientific, as though it is providing something out of the ordinary!

This is misleading and the Advertising Standards Authority has agreed to clamp down on any manufacturers products that receive complaints from consumers. And so they should!


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3 Responses to “Detox or not to detox… that is the question”

  1. parkerhealthsolutions Says:

    There are definitely a lot of products that have the intention of cleansing but do not hold the necessary ingredients in order to do so effectively. Detoxifying your body (correctly) absolutely holds many benefits. Just make sure that the product you choose contains the right ingredients (i.e., Barberry Root, Black Cohosh Root, Burdock Root, Capsicum or Cayenne Fruit Cascara Sagrada Bark, Chickweed Herb, etc). As long as the product contains the correct balance of natural herbs that promote the body’s ability to detoxify itself, it is a great way to clean out the toxins that in fact do get lodged in the organs in the body. Many diseases, including cancer, grow from these toxins. Good Luck!

  2. The Foodie Says:

    It’s the new year and my husband and I are now on a 2 week detox with significantly modified diet and pills. I decided to keep track of it out my website and share recipes that actually taste good while you detox (not all of them were good but anyway). I’m sure the biggest effect of the detox is the modified diet more than the pills but by laying down some cash for the pills it makes us stick to the diet.

    We are craving sweets & cheese like crazy but we are 25% of the way there. Read our journey each day over at


  3. skingenesishayley Says:

    There is indeed a lot to be said about natural remedies and we agree with Parkerhealthsolutions that ensuring your body has the right balance of natural minerals and nutrients will definitely have significant health benefits. Taking supplements and receiving treatments that stimulate natural responses in the body far outweigh the more artificial methods such as surgery and faddy celeb diets.

    Foodie – keep up the good work on the tasty diet and let us know how it goes!

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