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Everyone says detox

Some words are so much part of the contemporary background noise that you don't even stop to think about what they mean, as long as they actually want to say something and sometimes the massive use of a term distorts the concept as much as disuse. The 2018 word of the year according to the Oxford Dictionary was "toxic", used to describe very different situations and concepts, but, if you want to find another one with a similar or greater diffusion, it would not be wrong to indicate its opposite, "detox".
It seems obvious, in a situation of social, economic, political, environmental toxicity, the desire of all is to eliminate harmful substances and purify, but the area of choice of detox is the healthy-aesthetic-materially spiritual and coincides with diets and practices capable of, according to their supporters, eliminate toxins from the body. Now, the body has mechanisms of filtration and expulsion of toxins and waste products and organs that are actually detox, i.e. the kidneys, but in non-pathological situations, they work alone and, in pathological situations, herbal tea is not the appropriate cure.

What is detox?

So what do the many companies that label detox as diets, centrifuges, tablets, workouts, body care products, superfoods and rituals offer - and what do they sell? It is not clear, in fact, why today, there are no studies that can prove the usefulness of any of these practices or explain what the physiological mechanisms that underlie them are. Despite the amount of items that deny the benefits, the world of detox continues to grow and prosper.
Beyond the judgement on supplements and specific packages, the success of detox diets lies in the proposed moderation and renunciation, values that have always and rightly been associated with the idea of health and well-being. The hottest time for detox diets is in fact January, when the excessive consumption of alcohol and food during the holidays has made its mark. The prospect of a New Year of well-being spurs us to review our habits, and we do not need the scientific literature to know that laying off the beers after work or the intention to eat more vegetables, more fermented foods or to experience days of semi-fasting can only do us well.
Even if the good detox intentions of January or September or before the summer serve only to show ourselves that we are capable of making choices rather than being prey to the impulse of instantaneous self-gratification, perhaps it would be worth it. Of course, it is to be hoped that no one really believes that foot detoxifying patches serve to expel harmful substances from our bodies or that superfoods alone can cure or prevent serious diseases, but most people who embark on a path of "purification" do so as a temporary exercise of will.
Things can easily get out of hand and lead us to think that everything that is not under our direct food control is a poison, but at best the moments of personal or group rigor - ramadan, Lent, fasting by Yom Kippur - do not concern a psychotic control that denies pleasure, but the decision to avoid distractions for a while and immediate pleasure as an aid to meditation. Usually, then, after fasting there is a big party.

Detox and superfoods are not heroes

Ginger, kale, kefir and kombucha will not eliminate any "toxins", but they can be part of the famous balanced diet that periodically changes and is accompanied by more or less miraculous remedies, but that has never lost its privileged position within a routine of health and well-being. Even spinach does not contain miraculous amounts of iron, but this does not eliminate the benefits. Reducing the amount of alcohol consumed, not smoking and, on the contrary, eating whole grains, vegetable proteins and fibres is a healthy conduct, whether you want to call it detox, purification or, indeed, balanced diet.
Surviving by sunlight alone is idiotic, but days of fasting or semi-fasting - such as calorie restrictions one day a week - have been thoroughly investigated and seem to show benefits. Detox diets do not fight any toxins and will not have any miraculous effect, but even if they only serve our mental balance - or to improve our skin texture a little - why deprive ourselves of them?

5 habits to live detox

Water and lemon

It may seem useless but drinking water and lemon in the morning is a good habit of well-being and a quick way to cleanse the body of toxins. Among the properties of lemon it’s antibacterial and antiviral as well as an excellent way to lose weight, digest and purify the liver. Lemons are rich in vitamins and help us to eliminate toxins present in our body. The advice is to use warm water and not boiling and avoiding cold water, assimilated much longer by our body.
The advice is to use warm water and not boiling and avoiding cold water, assimilated much longer by our body. The lemons must be fresh and not packaged and just half a lemon squeezed to start the day at its best.

Wholemeal is better

Who said that carbohydrates should be excluded from the diet? Depriving oneself of a good dish of pasta is not the solution to lose weight but certainly a good habit is to choose the wholemeal variant. The same is true for the choice of bread that can also contain the addition of seeds, excellent for the body because they are rich in fibre. Wholemeal foods have a lower glycemic index and guarantee a prolonged sense of satiety.


Not only as a condiment in the kitchen, but also as a panacea for our body, ginger is used as an anti-inflammatory and digestive of natural origin. Excellent also against nausea its beneficial properties seem to be connected with the stomach, intestines, heart and circulatory system.

Physical activity

Physical activity together with a good diet are essential to live detox. It is important to allow your body 30 minutes of movement per day, which brings benefits not only physically but also mentally, allowing you to face the days with positivity and energy. If the gym is not for you, you can always fall back on a walk in the open air, especially if done in the morning is great for activating the metabolism.

The best ally: sleep

Sleeping is good for our body and in fact, according to science, those who sleep little, gain weight more easily. A study carried out in America has shown that the probability of fattening increases by 60% in people who suffer from insomnia. The latter leads the subject to eat at night with the result of important glycemic peaks and harmful to our body.

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