A 47-year-old UK woman almost died after trying a deadly detox trend.
In January of this year, a woman almost died after attempting a deadly detox trend. After doctors admitted her to intensive care, they discovered she had developed hyponatremia.
Hyponatremia occurs when an individual’s sodium levels drop too low in their blood. Usually, this occurs when someone has overdosed on fluids. However, this woman had not had excess fluids.
She disclosed that she had been undertaking a detox after the excesses of the festive period. The diet trend she chose had recommended a liquid detox concoction that included valerian root.
Doctors were then able to make a comparison to a similar case that had occurred in the US. There, a 48-year-old man had been trying to curb excess anxiety using valerian root. He too needed hospitalization after developing hyponatremia.
In both cases, the patients recovered after receiving sodium infusions.
However, if these people had not received medical attention, they could have died. Severe hyponatremia causes a person to become confused and delirious. Untreated, it leads to seizures, and in worse cases, death.
Alternative Remedies Unregulated and Deadly
It is a myth that all alternative remedies are harmless in comparison to pharmaceuticals. Generally, none are clinically trialed. Even if individual elements have been, many haven’t. Also, some combinations can be dangerous, and only safe when taken individually.
Valerian root is a very popular remedy recommended for insomnia, depression, and anxiety. But when taken recklessly, it leads to deadly hyponatremia.
Not only are many remedies potentially deadly, some are just outright scams and completely ineffective. You can rest assured, that every detox claim made by manufacturers is also, an outright scam.
Voice of Young Science contacted the manufacturers for 15 supposed “detox” products in 2009. They found that none of the manufacturers could explain how their product actually performed a “detox”.
Not only that, none could explain what toxins the products supposedly detoxed! They threw about a lot of scientific terms which they didn’t understand properly. Also, they showed no understanding of how the human body works, and many gave very dangerous advice!
The Detox Myth
Medical science has known for a very long time that the body does not need to use an external source to detox. The rare occasion where detoxing is necessary is for drug addiction. But a heroin addict, for example, would need to detox under strict medical care in order to do it safely.
For the rest of us, there is absolutely no benefit to following any so-called detox diet trend. Edzard Ernst of Exeter University is an emeritus professor. He specializes in understanding complementary medicine. Professor Ernst confirmed the dangers of detox diets from a scientific perspective.
He claims the body does not need any assistance to detoxify. And of every method he has studied, there is none that enhance a healthy human body’s ability to remove unnecessary toxins.
Essentially, if our organs weren’t efficient at removing toxins, it would likely be because we had a deadly disease. In the same token, for all intents and purposes, at this moment, your body is detoxing!
When your body needs to remove toxins, this is when the liver kicks in. Enzymes transform any toxins that pass into the liver. There, they convert into bile or get sent to the kidneys.
The kidneys further detox your body by flushing toxins out of your body in your urine. Our bodies also naturally remove toxins via the lungs, skin, and gut.
Rather than improve your health, a detox diet can actually cause damage to your body. You can suffer from malnourishment and severe vitamin deficiency. As a result, you can make yourself extremely ill.
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Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is deadly. Your muscles go into “famine mode“. They start to deteriorate as they start to eat themselves. Instead of losing weight, your body slows down your metabolism to retain weight!
Lack of sufficient vitamins like B12 and folic acid can lead to lowered moods. Combine that with low blood sugar, your lack of energy can lead to depression.
Your hair and skin start to deteriorate also. Without nutrition, your hair growth cycle becomes interrupted. You can begin to go bald. Your skin loses color, and some people report developing acne.
The intestinal lining can start to swell without adequate vitamins and minerals. You could develop severe abdominal pain and end up with explosive diarrhea.
Immunity becomes jeopardized on dangerous detox diets also. This leaves you vulnerable to illnesses like viruses, infections, and bacteria. Reduced electrolytes could also cause you to develop arrhythmias of the heart.
Very severe detoxing can give you gallstones. This is because your body excretes extra cholesterol while you are nutritionally deprived.
Detoxification or detoxication (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.
Choose a Health Reboot Instead!
Many of us feel guilty after eating recklessly during the festive season. And there is a healthy way to get your body back on track. But there is no quick fix.
Develop a commitment to the following steps. This way you can reset your body into a healthy lifestyle:
- develop good sleep patterns
- reduce your alcohol intake
- take regular exercise
- eat a balanced diet