News flash: medically speaking, 'detoxing' is nonsense

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Image: Don’t bother with a post-Christmas detox. It won’t work.

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A green smoothie. Enjoy it, but don't think it's going to rid you of toxins

Elasticated trousers at the ready, ‘tis the season to eat too many mince pies because, after all, that January detox will sort you out and wash away those calorific sins.


Except maybe not. As tricky as it is not to be sucked into the detox craze, the idea that you can flush your system of all those nasty impurities is not true, apparently.


Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, told The Observer: “There are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.”


The respectable one he refers to is the medical treatment for those with drug addictions, while the other, he says, “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.”


He added: “There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.”


And Sioned Quirke, British Dietetic Association spokesperson, agrees. She told Homemade: “I think we are in a society that looks for a magic wand that simply does not and will not exist – we want it all and we want it now.


“People who fall for these ‘diets’ tend to be desperate – they may have tried several options previously and will try anything in case it works.


“The clever marketing, with their amazing claims, preys on vulnerable people. Health and weight loss are very valuable industries but nothing can substitute a healthy, balanced diet.”


So, no drink will help cleanse us and no detox will rid us of those Christmas calories. *gulp*


Don’t panic, we’ve got your back with these tasty lower fat recipes. Note to self: keep these safe for January. 

What do you think? Will you be following a diet in January? Let us know in the comments box below