Detoxes & Cleanses: Are They Worth It? – Ep. 212

“A lot of the claims for detoxification are not backed by science. In fact, a lot of these supplement companies that market and sell these packaged cleanses have zero science to back up want they claim to provide or they pick and choose particular items and combine it all in a single cleanse.” – Rob and Devon Dionne


Detoxes and cleanses are popular but are they really worth it? Their ads and descriptions claim to be miracle workers but are they actually beneficial? What are some better ways to get healthy that doesn’t involve a detox or a cleanse? What about when it comes to environmental detoxes?

You’ve probably heard of the following detoxes and cleanses: 

  • Master Cleanse
  • 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
  • Juice Cleanse
  • Raw Foods Cleanse
  • BluePrint Cleanse
  • Martha Vineyard’s 21-Day Detox

Today, we’ll go over these cleanses, some in closer detail, in order to help you learn more about them before making your own mind up about them:

  • Why people are so interested in doing a detox or cleanse.
  • The various beneficial claims people make about doing a detox or cleanse.
  • The reality of taking detoxes.
  • Online hoaxes and false promises that you should be aware of in order to avoid them.


What’s In A Detox Or Cleanse?


“The cleansing part of a detox is really about getting rid of the horrible, processed foods that you’re eating rather than what it’s actually doing to your system.” – Devon Dionne


The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse gives you a sugar high from consuming so much maple syrup every day, keeps you hydrated from the water, and the cayenne pepper claims to improve circulation and metabolism. However, you don’t want to be consuming so much maple syrup every day and the cayenne pepper can actually damage the body after long-term use.

The 10 – Day Green Smoothie

In a nutshell, the 10-Day Green Smoothie basically eliminates all nutrients that you get from consuming protein and macro-nutrients.

The Negative Side Effects

Detoxes and cleanses claim to have a ton of benefits – make you healthy, look young, age better etc. But unless you don’t have a health problem such as a disease or parasite, there’s really no point in doing one. Especially when there are so many negative side effects including:

  • Dehydration (because they’re low in salt and carbohydrates)
  • Low-Calorie diets slow down your metabolism
  • Your body essentially cannibalizes itself and especially harms the muscles because you don’t have the protein it needs to maintain muscle mass.
  • People don’t learn better, healthy habits and it becomes a yo-yo diet for them.
  • Doing it for long lengths of time will make you feel worse than better in the long end.
  • It’s not a lifestyle change that will help you become healthier.

If you do have a disease or a parasite, then you should speak with a holistic doctor who can also suggest vitamins, herbs, and supplements to help you get better.


What Can You Do Besides A Detox Or A Cleanse?


“You don’t want to take all these herbs or supplements and detoxify when you don’t have anything to detoxify from.” – Devon Dionne


Besides trying a detox or a cleanse, there are other ways  you help your body including:

  • Drinking warm water with lemon.
  • Staying hydrated by drinking more water daily.
  • Taking out sugars and processed foods in your diet.
  • Following a whole foods diet such as one that is Paleo-based.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

2:00 Check out last week’s show: OSF 211 – Weightlifting: How To Get Max Results – Dr. Mike T. Nelson

3:40 Join the conversation in our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook

4:20 Why detoxes and cleanses are potentially a waste of time.

7:40 Common cleanses that you’ve probably heard of before.

8:50 What detoxes and cleanse claim to do for you. Why do you feel so good after doing them?

 10:30 Following a cleanse for many days versus doing it occasionally on just one day.

11:30 The 10 – Day Green Smoothie: The pros and cons of it.

13:20 Why and when do people even choose to do a detox?

17:40 How our body is designed to actually detoxify itself.

19:00 What actually happens when you drink warm water with lemon.

20:00 The purpose of the kidneys and colon to help us naturally detox.

23:50 How the lungs and lymph nodes help you naturally detox.

24:40 Why cleanses make you so exhausted that you don’t have the energy to move.

25:00 How a little bit of toxins like alcohol is actually good for us.

27:50 Negative side effects of detoxes and cleanses

35:00 How you can detox the body while also taking supplements to help the process.

40:15 What about environmental detoxes?

42:00 Why changing your lifestyle and eating healthier isn’t that complicated.

42:40 Clean up your diet with our 7 Day Paleo Reset

43:00 Final comments with Rob and Devon

44:50 Open Sky Fitness Closing






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