Party time is over, and you’re feeling like your body is a little out of whack and you could use some purification. Did you know that the body detoxes itself?

Detox therapies and cleansing practices are based on fallacies about how the human body actually works, writes Heather Viggiani.

“The Master Cleanse, juice fasts, and any other overly restrictive diet are not the way to get your body on the right track… When you do unrealistic diets and cleanses, and you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, it will break down muscle mass. In other words: you actually end up weaker,” writes Viggiani.

Juicing and colon cleanses might be all the rage, but they don’t rid your body of toxins. Advocates of detox therapy promote the idea that the body accumulates toxins which can cause viruses, cancer and other diseases and that a good detoxicating cleanse will neutralize the threat of illness. Truth is, there is no added benefit to extreme cleanses because your body’s organs already cleanse themselves.

Eating additional vegetables and drinking more water can assist the body, writes Viggiani. However, there is nothing better than a balanced diet to consistently boost your health.

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