Detoxes – Debunked

Are juice cleanses worth the hype? What about lemon water and apple cider vinegar?

This is the second episode in the ‘Debunked’ series, where I take a trend from diet culture and debunk it with the facts. This episode focuses on diet culture’s “magic elixir:” detoxes. These supplements and drinks come in many forms, but all promise to do the same thing: rid our bodies of the supposed “toxic sludge” that accumulates from our very existence–all just fraudulent marketing.

This episode goes into what detoxes and cleanses are, what they are touted to do, what they actually do, why they are dangerous, and why we do not need them. I explain why our body has biological mechanisms in place that detox our body for us, processes which can not–and do not need to be–“kick-started” by any sort of cleanse. 

Listen here:

I hope you enjoy this episode, and continue to listen so we can all finally check the facts on diet culture. Stay tuned for my upcoming episode, from the ‘Explained’ series, where I will give you the facts on the different determinants of health, not just diet and exercise. 

This is wellness with awareness.


Detox Dilemma: So-called detox diets and cleanses are not backed by science and can be harmful. (2020). Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 38(1), 1–7.

Do You Really Need to “Detox”? Starting the new year with a “cleanse” sounds healthy–but the science says otherwise. Get the facts before you try this fad. (2016). Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 33(11), 4–5.

E. Ernst, “Alternative detox,” British Medical Bulletin, Volume 101, Issue 1, March 2012, Pages 33–38,

Gavura, Scott. “The Detox Scam: How to Spot It, and How to Avoid It.” Science Based Medicine, 2 Jan. 2014,

Wdowik, Melissa. “Nutrition News – Beware Apple Cider Vinegar Claims.” Colorado State University, 

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