Category: Detox Smoothie

Detox Smoothie – What does detox mean exactly?

Clever marketing and little scientific evidence – What is a detox smoothie?

A lot of products are advertised as “detox”, which is a contraction of “detoxifying”, claim they can remove toxins from the body. The scientific analysis of these products generally comes to the conclusion that they have little evidence for their grand claims. There is an element of truth which companies magnify and therefore people are lead to believe that “detox” drinks are much more effective than they are in reality.

The human body can accumulate toxins from a variety of sources. The first from outside our bodies, these are known as exogenous toxins. These could for example come from the food you eat, the air you breath, the drugs you consume or even the cosmetic products you use. All of these could contain compounds that react negatively with processes inside your body. The second type of toxins come from inside the body, endogenous. These are the waste products such as urea and carbon dioxide that occur as a result of everyday bodily processes.

Excess toxins can be deposited in various tissue types although a common place are fat cells. Depending on many factors including total amount, toxicity, location etc the effects could vary. There might be no apparent viable effects or perhaps the effects could range from cysts and benign growths to ultimately cancer and organ failure. A healthy body is well equipped with the tools to deal with these toxins. The body however has a hard time removing toxins if they accumulate.  There is very little scientific evidence to show that any particular drink/food has special abilities to directly “detox” the body.

Polyphenols and antioxidants are two types of compounds that can have positive effects on the body. They are often advertised along with “detox” type drinks. It is important to know that these are not miracle compounds. Through food preparation, cooking and digesting these compounds can be destroyed meaning that the actual amount the our body uses is just a small percentage of what the food actually contains. It is true, they are healthy and they could have potential health benefits, and so far I have not found any research that claims they are anything but potentially good but the problem is that people are lead to believe results are guaranteed when they are not.

The best advice to deal with toxins is to:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Drink adequate amounts of water
  • Exercise
  • Limit your exposure to outside toxins as much as you can