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3.0 out of 5 stars Detox concept is rubbish, but the book is a decent resource anyway, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: 3 Day Green Smoothie Detox: The Faster, Better, Stronger Weight Loss Plan (Green Smoothies) (Kindle Edition)
The whole concept of "detox" is totally un-scientific. The body simply doesn't store toxins in this way, and eating differently can't "cleanse" your system.

That being said, there is a lot of sound advice in this book anyway, and if it persuades people to eat healthily and exercise a bit then I'm all for it. There is good information on how to make a smoothie, what fruits and veg to use and how best to combine them to get the taste you want.

One piece of advice that I didn't spot (though I skimmed some bits that were talking about detox, so perhaps it was mentioned there), is that over-consumption of certain types of greens can be a little unhealthy. It's best to vary them - baby spinach one day, then bok-choy the next for example, but there are enough ingredients out there for this not to be a problem.

Personally, I downloaded it (while it was free, I confess), to get the recipes that were included. I'm a long-time smoothie fan, but needed a bit of inspiration as I seemed to have got stuck in a rut. There are some good ones there that I'll be trying out.

Oh, and I have tried a detox diet before (not a smoothie one) in the spirit of scientific inquiry, and I can guarantee a couple of things:

1. You will feel very odd. This is not the toxins leaving your body, it's withdrawal symptoms from the things your body is addicted to - most likely sugar and caffeine. Best to be prepared for this though. The book does mention what symptoms you can expect.
2. You will lose weight. Again, this has nothing to do with any supposed detox effects. It's simply the fact that a detox diet requires you to cut out sugar, caffeine, unhealthy fats, usually dairy, meat. Of course you will lose weight like this!

The benefit of a "detox" diet is that, if you do it right, you will deprive your system of the things that it is addicted to for long enough that some of your cravings will disappear or reduce, making it easier to eat healthier afterwards.
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