Hungover? Sorry, Scientists Debunk Detox Claims

Feeling bloated or oily from excessive cookie-eating and alcohol-consuming? If you are thinking of trying various “detox” products to help you slim down or clear up, British scientists are saying most of these products are “meaningless,” according to the Agence France-Presse.

The Voice of Young Science (VoYS), which represents more than 300 post-graduate and post-doctorate science students, compiled a report that argues the word detox has “no meaning outside of clinical treatment for drug addiction or poisoning.”

One of the report’s authors, biologist Harriet Ball, said detox products are marketed so that people believe our bodies are filled with "nasty" agents and we must rid ourselves of them in order to continue living a healthy life.

“Our investigation into detox products has convinced us that there is little or no proof that these products work, except to part people from their cash and downplay all the amazing ways in which our bodies can look after themselves,” Ball said.

Clean Detox Anti-Dullness Foaming Gel “detoxifies the skin’s surface by removing impurities such as dirt and grime that accumulate over the course of the day,” said a spokesman for Garnier.

“All Garnier products undergo rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure that our claims are accurate and noticeable by our consumers,” the spokesman said.

Physicist Oliver Fenwick admitted that the "detox" industry has become a huge success.

"However, the industry seems to be based almost entirely on a marketing slogan since when you look a little closer you find that most of these products do nothing more than can be achieved by your body on its own."


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