Detox cures: is it really effective?


Detox cures are popular around the holiday season. But are they really effective? Inserm issues an opinion.

The end of the year celebrations are known to be relatively light … And many are concerned about the effect of all this rich food on the body. We have always been told about the production of “toxins” resulting from these festive meals, and “detox” cures to come and repair our digestive system. But what is it really worth? Are there really miracle foods to cleanse us? asks Inserm.

The body cleans itself thanks to the liver and kidneys

Inserm has already reminded us that our body is itself equipped with a very effective self-cleaning system for get rid of toxic substances produced during excess: liver, kidneys, skin Also. “The first is a purification plant which transforms certain wastes such as ammonia and many toxic and carcinogenic substances. kidneys eliminate waste via urine. At the same time, the skin participates in the excretion of certain wastes, such as lactic acid, through perspiration, while the lungs reject CO2. “

Stop using so-called “detox” foods. Inserm points out that a detoxifying process reinforced by food is not based on “any scientific data”. Using certain ingredients with this so-called miracle property could even be dangerous, especially because we tend to ingest it in large quantities to compensate. They take the example of St. John’s Wort, consumed in herbal tea, and which would help women to get pregnant: in reality, this tends to accelerate the degradation of the pill, but it also interacts with other treatments such as antiretrovirals or antiepileptics. Be careful with the detox, therefore!

Inserm also specifies that each toxin is processed in a certain way by the body. No food is able to play this role on the whole body …

Some very restrictive cabbage-based detox diets for example, may even tire your organism, cause deficiencies and alter its natural detoxification capacities … ”

In conclusion ? Detox is a selling point, not very useful in reality, and to be handled with great care! Corn nothing prevents, of course, from adopting a healthy and balanced diet the day after a party.

Source : A detox cure to be on top after the holidays … really? Inserm, December 15, 2021.

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