Why Detoxing Might Not Be A Good Idea


Let’s face the facts- our society is all about the next diet fad, whether it be going vegan, no carbs, or sugar free, it’s always something. Right now, a popular one we hear about all the time is what you might know as “the detox” or “the cleanse”. But what really is a detox, you ask? According to google, the definition of detox is “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances”. Sounds pretty healthy, if you ask us. While it might sound like a great idea, the ways in which people are performing it can actually be unhealthy and possibly even harmful to your body.

The most popular forms of detoxing these days are doing “juice cleanses” and buying a new product on the market called “teatoxes”. Juice cleanses are all in the title- they are a set of juices that are substituted for meals for a certain amount of time. Usually, juice cleanses are meant to be done just for the week in order to cleanse the body out to kick start the beginnings of a healthy diet. Teatoxes work the same way. They involve drinking a cup of tea, likely to be one in the morning and one in the evening, and are also done to flush your system out.

So what’s so bad about detoxing? The way women are going about them is the answer. We frequently hear our girlfriends discussing how they think they’re going to go on a detox or cleanse in order to get rid of a few unwanted pounds, and we want to change that. We want people to know that your body naturally detoxes on it’s own. In fact, there’s not much that’s truly dirty about the inside of your body at all. By replacing possible proteins, vitamins, and nutrients that are in a regular diet with just a prolonged juice cleanse or teatox, you’re denying your body of things it needs to keep you going!

We’re not saying detoxing is necessarily bad for you, we’re just saying that detoxes are only a temporary body refresher. These detoxes might be a good way to transition into healthier eating, but are definitely not a way to lose weight quickly. If you want weight loss results, turn to a healthy diet filled with organic fruits, vegetables and meats that will keep you energized and feeling fresh. If you want to detox, just know it’s only the beginning of a lifestyle change that you need to make if you want long lasting results.

Jenna Vreeland
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Jenna is currently a senior at Penn State University majoring in Print & Digital Journalism. This is her first year interning for Sorority Fashion and she couldn't be more thrilled to pursue passion of writing. When Jenna isn't writing for Sorority Fashion, she can be found posting on her well-known foodie Instagram or working on all sorts of DIY projects. She is a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha and looks forward to sharing her college experience with the rest of the world!