With the New Year in full swing and a few lingering events happening, a detox seems like the most logical thing to do, right?

Your body is extremely clever and has many mechanisms, including the liver and kidneys, to rid your body of unwanted toxins. Why is it that detoxification diets or cleanses are so popular and talked about in media?

There is no reliable research that shows detoxification or cleansing diets are of any benefit to your health and body functioning. There is also little evidence showing removal or reduced levels of toxins after following such restrictive diets. Detoxification diets can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and lead to dizziness and heightened fatigue.

Aside from nutrition, the other challenge is that we live in an environment riddled with toxins. It's in the air we breathe, the products we use on a daily basis such as body wash or cleaning products, and in the items we touch and use such as packaging. It would be virtually impossible to eliminate every toxin from entering our system.

A long term approach and changes are recommended. These include drinking plenty of water, eliminating or reducing processed foods and alcohols and limiting toxins in your everyday life such as using toxin friendly cleaners, body washes and so on. Doing these things take the pressure off your liver and kidneys, and may also reduce the symptoms of other health issues.