Nutrition, Weight management, Wellness

Rant: Why nutritional cleanses DON’T work.


Juice cleanses, cabbage cleanses, water cleanses, colon detox, liver flush…guess what? I call B.S. on all of these. (Sorry for the language if you’re reading this Mom…). Here’s a word to the wise – and trust me on this one: nutritional cleanses DO NOT WORK. Our liver and other organs do an excellent job of cleaning our system – as long as we treat them properly.

But I passed green gobs from my gall bladder?  

You know those green globules they show on websites touting the benefits of particular detox / supplement programs for cleansing certain organs such as the gallbladder? Listen to me people. If you drink oil and lemon juice, you will most DEFINITELY poop out green stuff. However, those little gross balls are not gallstones. And I quote:

“Gallbladder and liver “flushes” are widely advocated as a way of treating gallstones and helping with medical conditions ranging from allergies to cancer [1-4]. In the usual “flush,” half a cup or more of a vegetable oil is consumed together with citrus juice and Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate), usually after a brief fast. Many green, brown, yellow or black blobs of various sizes may later appear in the bowel movements. Some bear a slight resemblance to gallstones, but they are not stones. They are merely bile-stained “soaps” produced by partial saponification (soap formation) of the oil. A recent demonstration found that mixing equal volumes of oleic acid (the major component of olive oil) and lemon juice produced several semi-solid white balls after a small volume of potassium hydroxide solution was added. After air-drying at room temperature, these balls became quite solid and hard. When formed in the intestine, these objects absorb bile and become green [5].”

Gotta love Quack Watch. Here’s the link to the full article:

Causing more harm than good.

Alsogreen-juice-769129_1280.jpg – quite honestly these “cleanses” can stress the body to a degree in themselves, not to mention urge the metabolism into a starvation mode which is counterintuitive to weight loss if that is what you are after. I find most people who “cleanse” rebel so defiantly after they complete the “detox” process that it probably does more damage than any small amount of good.

How to properly detoxify.

If weight management and detoxifying your body are goals, then here’s how to do it properly:

  1.  Make half of your daily intake fresh, chemical free veggies and fruits;
  2. eat organic meat (if you eat meat) & fats;
  3. drink water until you need to move into the bathroom.

You need to shift your diet for the long haul and eat more of the good stuff, so your system has the building blocks to fight off the bad stuff. No three-day lemon juice and olive oil “cleanse” that turns you into a raging crabbypants who ends up giving in to the binge of all binges is going to cure you from your ailments.

Thanks for listening 🙂

Enjoy this day 🙂


23 thoughts on “Rant: Why nutritional cleanses DON’T work.”

  1. I remember a friend of mind trying to sell me on this detox thing where you put your feet in water in a small tub and the water changes to dark brown. This was supposed to release the toxins in your body. I thought she was bonkers laying out $65 for this scam. but she was convinced it worked! So be it. Good post. 🙂


    1. Thank you! They used to do those ionic cleanses at a clinic I worked at years ago…the reason the water turns dark is a chemical reaction…nothing to do with the feet – in fact if peoples feet weren’t in there the water would still turn :0 I quit shortly after I was asked to offer it to my massage clients. It breaks my heart that some professionals will convince people that this is a real thing and take their money 😦 Thanks for stopping by!!!

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      1. That’s right, they were called ionic cleanses….geez what a scam. The woman who ran these ‘clinics’ in my city couldn’t keep up with the number of appts. she was so busy, yet had them convinced. Huh?


  2. I agree with you that the body and its filtering systems are designed to detox the body. However, the increasing quantity of environmental toxins along with the growing supply (and demand) of unhealthy processed foods, preservatives and dyes complicated by the quantity of unhealthy food eaten has placed greater strains on the body (in many cases) than it can handle. Many of the diseases we develop are a result of this toxic combination of self abuse.

    Detoxifying requires a proper analysis to determine what order of detoxification is needed and to what lengths the process is needed. Many companies simply “jump on the bandwagon” because “DETOX” has become a buzz word that generates revenue.

    In my opinion, detoxification makes sense IF a person is prepared to change their lifestyle. If they intend on resuming their damaging behavior, detoxification becomes more of a “guilty” indulgence than a committed effort to improve health. It is certainly, however, not a one size fits all remedy OR comprehensive solution to health maladies.


    1. Excellent points – I agree with the fact that we are overburdened with toxins…and that its needs to be narrowed down to what detox is actually needed for proper function. And also that detox really has become a buzzword…so ironic that a friend of mine that I was supposed to meet for coffee tonight actually cancelled because she’s doing a “juice-detox-fast” and she’s to tired…sigh. LOL! Thank you for your insightful comment!

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  3. I totally agree! I’ve never done a cleanse, but I just don’t see a point when you can help keep your body healthy by treating it right and feeding it the right stuff. I would love it if you could check out my blog and social media outlets!
    Insta: em_gets_fit__
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  4. Finally someone who tells it as it is. I couldn’t agree more. I’m so fed up I am with all those detox -adds, which pop up beginning of summer, promising miraculous weight loss overnight and what not. Our bodies are perfectly capable of ridding themselves of toxins if we fuel them with the right foods. Great post!


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