Detox diets: Do they work? - Mayo Clinic

"Instead, consider what you might be able to do to improve your diet and lifestyle -- look to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, drink plenty of water and be active each day. Try and reduce alcohol, smoking, saturated and trans fats and foods high in added sugars.

"Like other health buzz words, 'detoxing' relating to diet has no universal definition," Debenham told The Huffington Post Australia.

The four major detoxification organs in the body:

However, our natural detoxification organs sometimes do not function as well as they should. In these instances, it's important to address any underlying medical issues with a medical professional, rather than treating it with strict 'detox diets'.

"It's often following periods of indulgent eating and drinking that we see individuals choosing to follow a detox diet," Debenham told HuffPost Australia.

Do Detox Diets Work, Or Are They Glorified Weight Loss Plans?

The theory that we need to follow a specific diet to help our body eliminate toxins is not supported by nutritional science.

So, 'Detoxes' Or 'Cleanses' Don't Work. Here's Why.

"Despite the fact they have no scientific backing, many 'detox diets' have emerged over the years and vary greatly. However, most tend to prescribe certain foods, detox teas, special juices or the elimination of whole food groups."