Looking for a detox/cleanse?

Hey MFPers.

With the rapid increase of new users there are many posts coming up asking for detox recommendations. I figured this would be a good time to provide some links explaining why you generally don't need to detox or cleanse.

Your body is readily equipped to handle toxins and in the event it cannot, you're in far greater need of medical attention than you are of any particular beverage or liquid diet.

For purposes of weight loss, you're essentially choosing to replace food with liquid calories (depending on the cleanse, but most fall under this category) resulting in what usually amounts to a VLCD. This isn't typically a good idea for a variety of reasons (mood, hunger signaling, skeletal muscle maintenance, performance) and moreover it represents yet another short-cut attempt rather than establishing proper habits.

The intent of my post isn't to insult anyone who comes here with the misinformed belief that they should detox/cleanse. The purpose is to provide information to hopefully save someone the wasted time, money, and potential ill health effects, not to mention the likely weight regain.

Please read the following links:


http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/821828-detoxes-and-cleanses
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/927327-cleanse-why-you-are-lucky-they-don-t-work
http://www.burnthefatinnercircle.com/members/colon-cleansing-scam.cfm
http://www.biolayne.com/nutrition/detox-diet-scams-and-product-scams-get-called-out-by-real-scientists/
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/fashionable-toxins/
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/toxins-the-new-evil-humours/
http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/the-detox-scam/
http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/the-detox-delusion/
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Replies

  • ihad
    ihad Posts: 7,468 Member
    Bump.

    Good, timely stuff.
  • PikaKnight
    PikaKnight Posts: 35,068 Member
    Tagging for my feed and bookmarking!!! Thanks Sidesteel :bigsmile:
  • gigglesinthesun
    gigglesinthesun Posts: 860 Member
    Hopefully some people will take those links to heart and save themselves some pain :-)
  • Slrajr
    Slrajr Posts: 438 Member
    Thank you SS!

    All this information just makes sense!
  • Fullsterkur_woman
    Fullsterkur_woman Posts: 2,712 Member
    Keeping this bumped!
  • AlongCame_Molly
    AlongCame_Molly Posts: 2,835 Member
    Bumping to keep current! Thanks, Steelie!
  • jofjltncb6
    jofjltncb6 Posts: 34,469 Member
    In...

    ...to spread the good word...



    (...even though I'm 99.44% certain it won't do any good.)
  • skinnyjeanzbound
    skinnyjeanzbound Posts: 3,978 Member
    Thanks, SS.
  • ThickMcRunFast
    ThickMcRunFast Posts: 22,511 Member
    I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
  • QuietBloom
    QuietBloom Posts: 5,414 Member
    In...

    ...to spread the good word...



    (...even though I'm 99.44% certain it won't do any good.)

    I'm going to need a more exact estimate please.

    Thanks SS. In!
  • PikaKnight
    PikaKnight Posts: 35,068 Member
    I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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  • _SABOTEUR_
    _SABOTEUR_ Posts: 6,880 Member
    In for actual science.
  • Sarauk2sf
    Sarauk2sf Posts: 28,122 Member
    In!
  • walkingforward
    walkingforward Posts: 173 Member
    bumped !! thanks man !
  • cmcollins001
    cmcollins001 Posts: 3,497 Member
    In...

    ...to spread the good word...



    (...even though I'm 99.44% certain it won't do any good.)

    I am the .56%
  • disneygallagirl
    disneygallagirl Posts: 515 Member
    Thanks and bump for my feed.
  • Wilhellmina
    Wilhellmina Posts: 757 Member
    Killer info!
  • kdeaux1959
    kdeaux1959 Posts: 2,675 Member
    Spreading the gospel. Avoid the gimmicks. Save the bucks. Eat less and do more. It is not rocket science. If you really feel like you need a cleanse then by all means, go to your grocer, get some prune juice and you will get all the cleansing you need....guaranteed.