There have always been people who strive to live healthy, but scientific advances and the internet age has turned the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle into a craze. It seems that every week there is a new fad or gimmick that guarantees exceptional quality of life and longevity.
As a physician, I’m often asked about these health crazes. Will eating nothing but kale help you live longer? Can you beat nicotine addiction using long sauna sessions? (The answer to both is probably not.)
Of course, some of these health movements are backed by comprehensive medical research and are likely beneficial, like the Mediterranean diet. Others, like vaginal “eggs” hawked by celebrities – not so much.
So where does detoxing stand? This trend encompasses many practices like green smoothies, herbal teas, even coffee enemas, and claims to remove “toxins” that build up in your body over time. Unfortunately, there is not much real scientific support for these claims, and there is also a seeming lack of understanding of toxins among the movement’s enthusiasts.
One definition of toxins are substances that cause antibody formation. This definition is talking about endotoxins and exotoxins produced by pathogenic bacteria. But toxins mean more than this to the general public and also include harmful substances from plants and animals like poisons and venoms. Additionally, many scientists would include certain metals such as lead and mercury among toxins.
A healthy human body already contains natural methods of detoxification. Take alcohol, for example. Technically, it is a toxin. Too much can kill you, but lesser amounts are broken down by the liver. In fact, your liver and kidneys normally do a great job of filtering and detoxifying your blood.
If you are exposed to what popular culture labels as “toxins” like being bitten by a rattlesnake or suffering from lead poisoning, you need professional medical care right away. No amount of tea, green smoothies, or caffeine enemas are going to help.
You’ve probably heard of free radicals. While they are not truly toxins, free radicals can cause toxic effects. Free radicals are introduced by environmental pollution, processed foods, and other generally bad things. They can build up in your body causing oxidative stress that manifests as fatigue and additional health issues like premature aging.
A healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables is usually sufficient for dealing with free radicals. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t have a great diet. That’s why I recommend intravenous therapy in the form of a Myers cocktail. This treatment can deliver the powerful antioxidants you need to fight oxidative stress and have you feeling better and more energetic quickly.
A balanced diet and sufficient exercise remain the keys to good health. But there are additional measures you can take. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night and drink in moderation. If you overindulge in alcohol occasionally, remember to stay hydrated and call my team at Hangover Heaven IV Hydration for expert treatment.