27 May 2022

Can you really detox your body? Award-winning fitness and nutrition expert reveals all

Whether it's cucumbers splashing into water or models sitting smugly next to a pile of vegetables, it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry.

The idea that you can wash away your calorific sins is the perfect antidote to our fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives. But before you dust off that juicer or take the first tentative steps towards a colonic irrigation clinic, there’s something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.

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Let’s be clear, there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t. The respectable one is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions.

The other 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.

We see it everywhere: detox drinks, juices, tablets - the list is endless. With the sole purpose of selling you a product that simply does not work.

If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, you would likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention.

The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak. There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.

These organs are designed to get rid of toxins out of the body so you already have a built in detox. If you want to rid your body of toxins then you simply need to stop ingesting toxins.

My advice

Eat healthy whole foods and as little processed as possible.

Stock up on fruits and veg and you will feel great as these all provide the body with vitamins and minerals.

Keep toxins to a minimum, for example alcohol. If you do have a night out then that’s fine, but you don’t need to detoxify after it as the body does that for you.

Contact me

I go into issues like this in more detail on my FacebookInstagram, Snapchat (Fitness-ppt), Twitter and website.

Defence Forces sniper instructor Peter O’Halloran won Ireland’s Best Fitness Nutritionist/Dietician award at the  Irish Fitness Industry Awards and the Best Use of Social Media by a Gym/Personal Trainer at the Social Media Awards 2018.

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