Cleansing, detoxification & dieting myths- re: getting “healthy” ▻▻ [No more pseudosciences y'all. I won’t even start on antivaxxers] Sharing just to share. Information sharing is caring ☸ ☸
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There’s nothing wrong with alternative remedies. Western science isn’t all science. That being said, spreading pseudoscience practice is, well, dangerous. There is no scientific evidence that any of these so-called cleanses really benefit a person’s health. Detoxification described here is different from the practice used in substance abuse treatment.
Does your body “intake” toxins? Yes and no. Your body can accumulate both natural and manmade toxins when you ingest food and water and when you breathe. However, drinking a juice or undergoing an internal cleanse isn’t going to help your body get rid of these toxins any faster or more effectively. Many detoxification products claim to “cleanse” the liver, but in healthy individuals, the liver is not a place where toxins are stored. Rather, the liver turns potentially harmful chemicals into water-soluble chemicals that can be sweated or excreted from the body. In fact, [things like] colon cleanses can do more harm than good.
“The colon houses many of the microbes that call us home. They are our friends and keep us safe. When we upset our microbes — as with antibiotics — bad bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile [the bacteria behind infectious diarrhea], can move in and cause disease.
Some proponents of these detox therapies argue that [exercise] fasting or juicing will help burn fat cells, which they say contain toxins. But this idea is not a scientifically sound argument, according to Gershon, who said that burning fat cells is not related to the body’s natural process of detoxification. Dramatically limiting food intake through fasting or extreme dieting can also put a lot of stress on a person’s bodily systems. Dehydration is one serious risk for those who are fasting. For those of you that don’t know, this can lead to low blood volume and subsequently low blood pressure and dizziness*
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*Just a small portion of what people with chronic illnesses go through on a daily basis. While it’s er, good you can experience the slightest bit of what they’re feeling, please note that you are potentially abusing an already otherwise healthy body. And that’s a privilege some people can’t afford.
I implore y'all to take a step back and appreciate your body if you’re in good health.
You don’t need to go on extreme diets or do cleanses to "be healthy” if your body is otherwise working correctly. Or pretend to be Indian and appropriate cultures by becoming a “yogi.” Though yoga is beneficial, yoga is not a cure for everything and everyone. It won’t cure the ails of people with different health issues. Who am I to share being healthy? Well. I read a lot. What I’ve learned and seen?
Just chill. Breathe. Smile if you want to. Don’t smile if you don’t want to. Practice mindfulness. Look at other people’s perspectives. Communicate. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Positive realism. Exercise but don’t overdo it. Learn your limits. Don’t body shame. Just don’t shame at all. Drink water. Eat fruits and vegetables. Keep eating gluten if you don’t have celiac or gluten sensitive. Get vitamin D. Have a sleep routine to get your circadian rhythm in check. Create. Listen to music. Journal. Vent. Get busy. You know what I mean. Be yourself. Be critical and aware but not jaded. Grow. Change. Let go. Listen. Learn. Unlearn bad habits, cycles and ideologies. But grain of salt. Laugh. Share. Be kind to yourself– and others ♥
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excerpt above via myself & Detox Diets & Cleansing: Facts & Fallacies
Detox therapies and cleansing practices are based on a misunderstanding about how the human body works. They can also be harmful rather than healthful. via LIVESCIENCE.COM