- Detox drinks are said to get rid of toxins, assist with weight loss, and make you feel good, but what are the facts?
- We’ve compiled a list of the four top detox drink misconceptions. Keep reading to learn why you shouldn’t let them put you off.
Detox drinks are all the rage. You can find these drinks all over the market with claims that they remove toxins from your body, treat a range of health problems, and aid in weight loss. But do they work? Read on as we share myths and facts about detox drinks and discover detox drinks’ myths and facts.
Myth 1: All you need are smoothies
While a smoothie typically contains large amounts of nutritious fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and apples, it may not make the best breakfast. That’s because by juicing the ingredients, you could be removing a lot of their fiber.
The purpose of a detox drink or detox diet is to purge and cleanse your digestive tract. Fiber — particularly the insoluble fiber found in lots of vegetables — plays an essential role, naturally cleansing your colon of accumulated waste.
Green smoothies get a lot of attention, but they have their own problem. The common ingredients like spinach, kale, and other green, leafy vegetables contain large amounts of oxalates. These compounds can accumulate in your body tissues, causing inflammation and pain. They can also cause kidney stones.
Now, green smoothies can be a great way to increase your vegetable consumption. If you blend them rather than juice them, you will retain their valuable fiber. For anyone predisposed to kidney stones, you don’t have to avoid green smoothies. You do need to drink plenty of water to flush oxalate crystals away.
Another argument against smoothies is its high sugar content. This can be a real problem for fruit smoothies. To avoid this, make sure your smoothies contain more vegetables than fruits. When you choose fruits, go for those lower in sugar like lemons, berries, and oranges.
The reality is, smoothies are not the answer to all your problems, but they can certainly be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Myth 2: Apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight
It may be tempting to believe that the simple habit of drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) each day encourages weight loss. Though apple cider vinegar consumption has been linked to weight loss, you need to do more than simply drink a couple of glasses of water mixed with ACV to lose weight. There is no magic trick to weight loss. The only way to sustainably lose weight is to make long-term changes. That will probably mean altering your diet and portion sizes and getting more exercise.
Apple cider vinegar does have benefits. For one, it is a low-calorie drink, so it could help you lose weight as you make dietary and lifestyle changes. What’s more, research suggests apple cider vinegar may be useful in controlling type II diabetes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar each day. Just don’t expect it to perform miracles.
Myth 3: Infused waters will cleanse your colon
The internet is awash with detox diets and advice about how infused waters remove toxins from your body. Infused water is water in which fruits, herbs, and vegetables soak, infusing their flavor and nutrients into the water. Such drinks may include cucumber, ginger, lemon, and other fruits and spices. They may be easy to make at home, but there is little evidence to suggest that these drinks really help detox.
Some preliminary studies show that certain nutrients may have properties that aid in detoxification. For example, special compounds in lemons appear to have cholesterol-reducing properties. So, if you find lemon-infused water more palatable than plain water, there’s a good case for making it a part of your daily regime.
Drinking plain old water, however, can help with weight management. And since 75% of Americans are dehydrated, increasing how much you drink is probably a good idea. Studies that prove lemon, ginger, and other popular infused water ingredients help detox are lacking. However, if they make your water taste better, you’re likely to drink more and stay hydrated. And that’s a good thing.
Myth 4: Detox drinks are alkalizing
Proponents of detox drinks often cite their alkalizing effects. The story goes that your body tends to be too acidic and that detox drinks counteract the acidity, acting as a natural cleanse and promoting better health. But it’s just not possible to change the pH of your blood by eating certain foods.
Your body requires a very small pH range, between 7.35 and 7.45. Below or above these levels would lead to system failure and death. As such, your body never gets too acidic or too alkaline.
But because alkalizing diets tend to be low in calories and rich in nutrients, they may help you lose weight. So, while you’re not actually changing the pH of your blood or your cells, detox drinks may help you on your road to a healthier, happier you.
None of these myth-busting facts mean that detox drinks have no use. They may not alkalize your body, magically help you lose weight, or single-handedly detox your body. Drinking them, however, will keep you hydrated and support overall good health.
One of the simplest detox drinks and popular homeopathic remedies is easy to do at home. It’s a cup of warm water with lemon. Well-cleaned organic lemons are best if you want to leave a slice of fruit in your cup.
Here’s what to do: Squeeze the juice into the water. Discard the rind. Then, enjoy a refreshing cup of lemon water.
If you are looking to help detox your body, you may want to consider a natural cleansing formula with the power of oxygen and enzymes such as Cleanse Infused Plus or blue-green algae with spirulina and chlorella like we have in Algae Infused.