First, thank God we have a title that tells the story instead of being clickbait. It could have said “Want To Get Rid Of Toxins? This Won’t Work.” or “The Best Body Cleanse. It Isn’t What You Think.” Actually, these titles are worse than clickbait because they infer that there is something other than our liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, etc. that gets rid of “toxins” or “cleanses” the body.
Fancy Juice Doesn’t Cleanse the Body of Toxins, New York Times, 20 April 2016
I have had this conversation:
“People are interested in this so-called detoxification, but when I ask them what they are trying to get rid of, they aren’t really sure.”
Second, thank God there’s a media story that tells the truth:
“The human body is well designed to eliminate wastes and toxins, and a number of organs play a role,” Dr. Grendell said. The kidneys and the liver do the main removal work. They draw substances out of the bloodstream and process them for the body to excrete as feces and urine.
If there’s anything that assists the body’s natural waste disposal operations it’s:
- Lots of water.
- Lots of plant foods.
Only plants contain fiber, resistant starch, and other components that help form stool. Animal foods don’t contain fiber. As this article says, “Stool is actually beneficial to the lining of the colon. The idea that stool is somehow poisonous and toxic is very misguided thinking.”