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What is the use of detox water and how do we take it?

By Anonymous September 24, 2015 - 7:34am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for coming to us with your questions about detox water.

Detox water promises to cleanse your body of toxins and help you lose weight. Recipes abound on the internet. Basically, it is nothing more than water flavored by adding lemon slices, ginger, or fresh fruits, such as blueberries.

As cited on Healthline.com, "Flushing toxins out of your body sounds like a great plan. But do you really need to stop eating for several days and drink lemon water to do it?

Absolutely not, says Joy Dubost, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The best way to clean out your system is by drinking plenty of water and getting enough fiber to keep your digestive system regular.

She says the so-called “lemon detox” or “master cleanse” diets serve no real purpose other than to starve your body of necessary nutrients. “The idea of resting your body from digestion is ridiculous.”

And as far as the cleanse part? “How is this going to clean out your gastrointestinal tract?” Dubost wonders. “There would be no fiber to help move things out. This is just a fad diet, or a quick fix.”

She doesn’t believe that a so-called cleanse will help rid your body of harmful substances.

“What do they mean by ‘detox'?” she asks. “Getting rid of toxins from food? From the environment? Your body naturally cleanses itself. Your gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys all help you detox.”

She points out that anyone who takes medication would be unable to do so on an empty stomach."

Drinking water is very good for you. You should drink at least six 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Adding a lemon slice or blueberries to a glass of water is fine.


September 24, 2015 - 8:21am
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