“There is a fascinating link between fat and toxins.”
This adage also applies in an unexpected place – to broccoli, the luvvie of the high-street “superfood” detox salad. Broccoli does help the liver out but, unlike the broad-shouldered, cape-wearing image that its superfood moniker suggests, it is no hero. Broccoli, as with all brassicas – sprouts, mustard plants, cabbages – contains cyanide. Eating it provides a tiny bit of poison that, like alcohol, primes the enzymes in your liver to deal better with any other poisons.
And I'm Pete Kenworthy, and this is Healthy@UH. So, detoxes vary but they can be a number of things, right? They could be, they could involve some sort of fasting. They could involve some sort of strict diet with vegetables or fruits or fruit juices. In addition, some detox diets advocate things like herbs or supplements or colon cleansing, enemas to empty the intestines. All sorts of various things are out there telling you what to do to get rid of these toxins in your body. I've never tried anything like this. Have you done any of these?
So, you're saying that there really any bad toxins from these processed foods we're eating, from this bad lifestyle that we're living. There's nothing so bad in our body that we need to do this?
That the concept of detoxification is so nebulous might be why it has evaded public suspicion. When most of us utter the word detox, it’s usually when we’re bleary eyed and stumbling out of the wrong end of a heavy weekend. In this case, surely, a detox from alcohol is a good thing? “It’s definitely good to have non-alcohol days as part of your lifestyle,” says Catherine Collins, an NHS dietitian at St George’s Hospital. “It’ll probably give you a chance to reassess your drinking habits if you’re drinking too much. But the idea that your liver somehow needs to be ‘cleansed’ is ridiculous.”
The exception would be a detox diet that just focuses on clean eating. This approach could be great for anyone living with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart disease.