Detox Kits

Thursday, 14 August 2008

A recent dietary trend, detox kits have been developed to try and literally clean out your body, claiming to leave you feeling healthier and more energized. The question is, do they really work? We find out more about this cleansing phenomenon.


The Basics

  • Detox kits are designed to work by stimulating bile to get toxins out of the liver, and they usually contain some type of compound to bind the toxins so they can be carried out of the body.

  • Usually consisting of a dietary supplement, capsules, tablets or a liquid, they also require you to follow a strict diet plan. The idea is that by following the plan correctly, your body will purge toxins from your body, restoring your overall health. The only problem is that while people have been “detoxing” for thousands of years and the kits are regularly prescribed by naturopathic and holistic physicians, there's no scientific evidence that our bodies need any help to rid themselves of waste and toxins.

  • Most kits tell you to abstain from caffeine and alcohol, and others are even more rigid, stating that many dairy products, fruits and vegetables are strictly off-limits.

Be Aware

  • Detox kits can have side effects. Read the fine print before deciding to begin a cleanse. You may experience some or all of the following side effects: constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, cramping, and skin eruptions.

  • Be wary of kits that promote other products in their line to buy to enhance the effects of the kit. These could just be scams trying to get you to spend more money.

  • As with anything to do with diet and nutrition, there are also some important health concerns. Anyone with medical issues, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should think twice about using a detox kit. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned. Even healthy people may experience adverse reactions.

  • If you do choose to use a detox kit, be sure not to use it over long periods or too often – twice a year is the recommended maximum use.


We ventured into uncharted territory with the help of a couple of personal trainers and tested one product each to evaluate its full effect. We also binged on cheeseburgers, fries, and extra thick milkshakes just before starting, to make sure our bodies were nice and polluted.

Detox Test

  • With the Zand Quick Cleanse, Anna only had to avoid caffeine and alcohol. Overall, she didn’t enjoy the experience due to the stomach issues and frequent trips to the ladies’ room!

  • Kristina wasn’t sure if she felt any different after her 10-day program on A. Vogel Internal Cleanse.

  • Trainer 1 felt great once off the cleanse, but wasn’t sure if that was due to the cleanse itself or being rid of all the pills in her system from the Renew Life First Cleanse.

  • Trainer 2 was happy with the fact that he lost 11 pounds after his Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox cleanse, but that was likely due to the many dietary restrictions of his program and very healthy eating.

  • Lack of information was a common complaint about all of our kits. Not enough instructions were provided and there was no list of what we should expect from the programs.

  • Only the tester who used Wild Rose admitted that he might try it again.


Three out of four of us agreed that along with healthy eating and exercising, our bodies do a good job on their own and we wouldn't use a detox kit again.



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