jamie goode's wine blog: Juicing and detox

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Juicing and detox

Ever been tempted to 'detox'? Read this refreshingly b******t-free article article in the Guardian on the phenomenon of 'juicing'. This is what it has to say about the emotionally appealing notion of 'detoxing':
The other main claim for juicing is that it will detox your body. Again, according to Professor Sir Colin Berry, professor emeritus of pathology at Queen Mary's Hospital, London, this notion is incorrect. "Detoxification in the popular sense of the word is completely meaningless," he says. Your body is 'detoxing' itself all the time: your gut and skin prevent bacteria and many toxins from entering the rest of your body, but when harmful chemicals do get through, the liver acts as a kind of chemical factory, combining them with its own chemicals to make water-soluble compounds that can be excreted by the kidneys [as urine]. "The human body works at a fixed rate for many of its detox processes, which can't be speeded up in any useful way," says Berry.

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At 6:46 PM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Juicing" don't you just love that book title?

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Jan-Tore, couldn't agree more

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but although toxins are removed at a steady rate if one puts in fewer toxins the result is 'detox'. Although I am very sceptical about all this stuff as well.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Good point, anon - although I suspect that it's only when you really overdo the toxins that the body's defence is unable to act as an effective gatekeeper.

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