Nowadays you can’t go more than a few moments without being bombarded by some new health product that claims that it can “detoxify” your body and purify it from the many toxins that allegedly plague you on a daily basis. If we are to believe the claims put forward by the proponents of all these detox diets and treatments, we’re barely a hair’s breadth from keeling over at any given moment, but the truth is the whole idea behind the whole detox movement is little better than a carefully constructed myth designed to sell 21st century snake oil.
The Fakes and Hucksters
The worst part is that the companies and individuals touting these detox cures have latched onto a real, clinical term reserved for chronic substance abuse sufferers that actually do need to detoxify from their addiction. The idea of equating the supposed inability of your body to purify itself through removing toxicity as waste (which is what the kidneys, the liver, and the skin do regularly) to the need for someone addicted on a substance such as heroin to get clean is offensive in the extreme, yet untold millions still swear up and down that the specific diet they follow or the supplements they take are “detoxifying” their body in some magical way.
In many instances, these detox cures and products are even constructed specifically to dupe you into thinking that they’re working properly. Some of the tactics of quack medicines include so-called “detoxifying” foot pads that purportedly draw toxins from the soles of your feet as you sleep, turning brown the next morning to show how well they worked – except that many times these foot pads are simply impregnated with a substance that turns brown when it comes in contact with human sweat. It’s hardly an honest bit of marketing, but with little to no regulation in the realm of detox cures there’s not much that can be done to stop the spread of people peddling their so-called miracle cures, all while happily accepting massive sums of cash for their products.
This isn’t to say that the things you put on – or in – your body don’t have a positive or a negative effect on your health. To say otherwise would be to claim ignorance in the face of decades of modern nutritional science. While there is no such thing as a detox diet, there are ways to increase your health by changing your eating habits – one of these techniques gaining popularity is eating foods that can restore a positive acid-alkaline balance to your body. Whether or not attempting to alkalize your body does indeed change your natural pH levels, the types of foods that purportedly do this are the types of foods that are extremely healthy for you.
First Thing in the Morning
Proponents of an alkalizing diet plan recommend beginning the process first thing in the morning. The idea is to keep your bodily pH level slightly over neutral. With the pH scale ranging from 1 (totally acidic) to 14 (completely alkaline), most alkalized diet plans say the pH target for your body should be at around 7.4.
Water in its naturally occurring state is right around seven pH in normal circumstances. Drinking plenty of the water is important to rehydrate yourself after you awake, but many proponents of alkaline diets recommend drinking alkalized water first thing in the morning in order to get that extra boost. It might sound like quack medicine, but there’s early scientific evidence that supports the theory. In fact, many doctors have counselled patients with legitimate medical concerns related to increased acidity to drink water with a high alkaline content – around 8.8 pH – in order to treat conditions like acid reflux or reduce the possibility of kidney stones. However, there has been little evidence beyond this to support that drinking high levels of alkaline water