10 Discredited Cleanses

“Detox” — once a legitimate medical term — has become a buzzword synonymous with weight loss. The term has been manipulated, bottled, and sold to average Americans as a shortcut to not only removing toxins but to losing weight in the process.

“Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu of alternative health treatments, or assembled from ingredients in your pantry. Actual detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances — usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body,” according to WebMD.

Whether it’s a liquid detox, pill-based detox, or some other food-restricting “cleanse,” many detox kits make grandiose promises they can’t keep. Some detoxes are advertised as a means to remove toxins but don’t specify which toxins, while others vow to help consumers cut weight at an alarming speed, without explaining potential health repercussions.

Scroll through the gallery to learn about 10 detoxes that don’t work.

Last Modified: June 30, 2016, 7:33 am

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