It’s that time of the year again. The festive season is wrapping up, and the delicious excesses of Christmas are nothing but a fond memory. And even though it was a joyous time — filled with presents and far, far too much food — it’s over now and people everywhere are settling down to the painful realization that eating twelve months worth of food in a single afternoon has its downsides.
Whether it’s a few extra centimeters around the waist, or the vague sense of malaise brought about by a few too many egg nogs, you are probably feeling that now is the perfect time to do something for your health.
I’m talking, of course, about going on a detox.
Now, detox is a loosely defined term, but the basic idea is that you’ve ingested a variety of toxins — nasty ‘chemicals’ — that are causing you harm. You might’ve gotten these into your system by overdoing it on the booze, by eating too much gluten, or by breathing in the general vicinity of GMO corn.
And now it’s time to get them out of your system once and for all.
Here’s why that’s actually not such a good idea.
The first thing to realize is that the entire idea of detoxing is basically fabricated. You see, the terms ‘detox’ and ‘toxin’ are essentially meaningless. Or at least, meaningless in the way that they are thrown around by unscientific charlatans trying to get their hands on your hard-earned cash.
The basic idea of detoxing is that you have a build-up of vaguely-identifiable toxins in your system. And I say vaguely-identifiable, because none of the detox proponents can ever actually name the chemicals that they think are causing you such harm.