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How do cleanse and detox products work?

How many times have you seen products meant to detox your body and promote weight loss? They're everywhere, but they haven't proven to have any beneficial effects.

It's not clear what toxins are removed by these products. Remember that your body has an organ that removes toxins -- it's your liver. Your liver acts as your body's detoxification system by filtering the blood, producing bile and breaking down waste. As for the weight loss from detox diets? You're depriving yourself of calories or nutrients -- essentially fasting -- so you lose weight quickly (but it doesn't last).
Samantha Heller, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Your body naturally detoxifies itself every day, so no need to help it along. In fact, detox programs can be dangerous. In this video, registered dietitian Samantha Heller suggests alternatives to keep your body healthy and strong.

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