April 14, 2021


Kinetiq Health has started a new series called, Better Health in 90, to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

This month we’re focusing on nutrition. From diet cleanses to easy breakfast meals, Apex Benefits Jacquie Vail, RD will share expert advice for all your nutrition needs. In this video, she explains the potential negative side effects of detox cleanses.

Read on for more information!

The Problems with Detox Cleanses

“Cleanse” and “detox” have become common buzzwords in the health and fitness industry.

But what even are they? Are they actually good for you?

They are food-restrictive in nature and are designed to eliminate toxins from the body. Sometimes detoxes include teas, supplements, juices and loads of water. Unfortunately, there is little to no evidence that shows the effectiveness of detox cleanses.

With that in mind, there are some significant drawbacks found by doing a diet cleanse. Here are the top three negative effects a detox cleanse could have on your body:

  • Slowing metabolism – While producing a calorie deficit can help you lose weight, creating too much of a deficit can slow down your metabolism. This happens when your diet is very low in calories. Slowing down your metabolism will make it harder to lose weight in the future.
  • Lack of essential nutrients – These diets or cleanses typically cut out entire food groups from your diet. You may be missing out on essential nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Especially with “all liquid diets,” you’re not going to get adequate amounts of protein, fats or fiber.
  • Unpleasant side effects – Digestive issues, tiredness, fatigue and more are all negative side effects that can occur when doing a cleanse. Without getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, your body can’t function at its best.

The good news is our bodies already have natural detox systems found in the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and skin.

For instance, the liver filters out toxic substances found in food and drink to prevent them from reaching the bloodstream. The kidneys continually filter the blood and remove toxins through the urine.

For most people, cleanses are not necessary and can sometimes do more harm than good. Make sure to do your research on cleanses before starting one unnecessarily. You might just need to drink plenty of water and eat balanced meals for a healthy detox!

Weekly Recipe

Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad

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Jacquie Vail, RD, CHWC

Kinetiq Health Program Manager
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