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Snake Oil or Cure?
Toxins and Cleanses are a Harmful Scam
If you are looking for a product that removes “toxins” or trying to find a new way to cleanse your colon of the deadly “toxins” that are invading it. Then the advertisers and marketers have you in their evil grip. “Toxins” aren’t real, the word “toxin” is not a specific chemical that is found in your body. It is a trendy buzzword that has been made popular by the advertisers and marketers of the companies that are trying to scare you into purchasing something that you don’t really need. These scare tactics work great on the susceptible people in our society and can even be harmful to those of us that have been duped into thinking that there are such things as detox cleanses, juice diets, diets that severely restrict calories, and other made-up remedies that purportedly remove so-called “toxins” from our bodies. Thankfully, I am going to try and clear up these misconceptions.
We have all seen the pitches; patches for the bottom of your feet that remove the “toxins”, magical elixirs, powders, or juices that supposedly absorb the “toxins” in your system or your blood. Feeling tired and bloated, yep, there is a cleanse for that. Poppycock. I do not know if it’s just me but when I see an infomercial for a product that claims amazing results, I immediately become suspicious of the claims that are advertised. Just like the snake oil salesman of the wild west and the “back page” ads of magazines. The false claims of the current marketing and advertising agents are no different when it comes to fleecing hardworking folks around the world out of their hard-earned money.
The Harmful Side Effects of Cleansing and Detoxing
I decided to do some research on the subject and have concluded that “toxins” and “cleanses” are FAKE and potentially harmful. These contrived cures have been cleverly marketed to consumers for years according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
“A 2015 review concluded that there was no compelling research to support the use of “detox” diets for weight management or eliminating toxins from the body.” also, “A 2017 review said that juicing and “detox” diets can cause initial weight loss because of low intake of calories but that they tend to lead to weight gain once a person resumes a normal diet.” Earlier, I mentioned that detox cleanses can be harmful, I checked into that as well, here are a couple of examples of the harmful side effects of toxin cleanses. The FDA Food and Drug Administration states 1. “Colon cleansing procedures may have side effects, some of which can be serious. Harmful effects are more likely in people with a history of gastrointestinal disease, colon surgery, severe hemorrhoids, kidney disease, or heart disease.” 2. “Detoxification” programs may include laxatives, which can cause diarrhea severe enough to lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.” As you can see, scientists and researchers from the National Institute of Health and the FDA are warning people to stay away from these “detoxes” and “cleanses” to protect the health of Americans and people around the world.
Your Organs are Your Best Defense
Fortunately, your body is equipped with nature's best cleansing device, your ORGANS! If for some reason you had a harmful level of a substance in your body, your liver, lungs, and kidneys would naturally filter it out and flush it out through the normal processes of urination and defecation. There is no need to artificially flush the waste from your body. Doing so could potentially lead to some of the issues mentioned above. You can look at your colon as a type of garden, the “garden” needs fecal matter present to help it operate properly. When you cleanse your colon, you are taking the very material that needs to be there and flushing it down the toilet.
The Natural Alternative to Cleansing for a Healthy Life
The best thing you can do for your health is to avoid getting caught up in the “toxin” and “cleanse” craze. Being healthy and staying that way starts with maintaining a healthy and balanced diet along with a moderate amount of exercise.
A balanced diet should consist of proteins, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates with an emphasis on only consuming the number of calories from food and drinks daily that meet the needs of your body weight and your activity level. This can be easily determined by visiting: https://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html. Some examples of a balanced diet are eating 3 meals a day starting with breakfast. A good breakfast should include food that has fiber and protein and if you throw in some fresh fruit, it definitely wouldn’t hurt. Lunch is a good time for a sandwich or leftovers if you pack your lunch. If you are buying your lunch, try to avoid heavy, processed meals and stick to a nice healthy, clear soup or fresh salad. When it comes to dinner, this is where folks tend to overeat and there is usually not enough time between diner and bedtime to burn off those excess calories. This is a crucial time to break bad habits and avoid overeating.
It is also important to portion yourself, try to divide your plate into four even sections, including meat or protein, starch such as potatoes, corn, etc. The last two sections should contain brightly colored vegetables, leafy greens, or a salad. I know this can seem daunting but portion control is essential to a healthy diet.
Break the Habit
A poor diet is a habit, a healthy diet is a habit. Give yourself some time, it generally takes someone 21 days to break a habit and at least the same amount of time to create one. So stick to it, eat well, exercise, and avoid the marketers and the advertisers with their get healthy quick schemes. You can truly live a healthy life without gimmicks. Follow this advice and enjoy a healthy and happy life! Have a great day!
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
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