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Are organ detoxifiers necessary for good health?

Natalie Castro-Romero, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
There is a lot of misleading information that says detoxifiers are needed for cleansing organs. Some say that common problems like fatigue can be caused from “toxic overload,” a buildup of everyday pollutants. This toxic-overload theory is largely unproven. The liver, for instance, is the body’s filter. Its main role is to remove toxins from our bodies.

Assuming the liver is functioning normally and you have not been abusing alcohol or drugs (prescribed, over the counter, or street), the liver will work just fine at removing toxins like alcohol from the body without any supplements, fasts or special foods. The same is true for other organs, in that no supplement, fast or special food will detoxify the colon or kidneys.

There are many supplements on the market that claim to detoxify some organ in the body. The supplement labeling act does not allow a "detox" health claim. Unfortunately, people working in health food stores often make recommendations without any basis on current research or knowledge of nutrition. 

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