You’re a bad person; oh boy are you a naughty one! You’ve been wicked and eaten and drank things that you shouldn’t and now you need to purge yourself of all of the deliberate naughtiness that you’ve been up to over the festive period. “I am a sinner” you cry in pain, “Lord forgive me – praise the Lord, Hallelujah”.
You feel the only way to find absolution is to waste as much money as possible on some vague, herbal-juicing detox product with mythical, pseudo-scientific restorative properties that promises – in just seven days – all sins will be forgiven. Once you’ve survived your own particular hell (which you thoroughly deserve by the way) of starvation and thrice-daily, foul-tasted sludge, you’ll be washed clean and bask in the smug comfort that your self-flagellation has deemed you a worthy person once again.
You’ve probably now gathered that we’re not big lovers of ‘detox’ products and whilst we’re being a bit sarcastic with our opening piece, we do understand the rationale (however misguided) behind the ‘paying for your sins’ detox purchases that many people feel are necessary. But will they provide the penance that you seek? Not a chance. In fact detox products simply confirm the proverb: a fool and his money are easily parted.
We’re not going to bore you with all of the countless studies that show that detox products are pointless – a simple Google search for ‘the detox myth’ will do that better than we can – however, we are realists and we know that ‘detoxing’, if used properly, can have a genuine, lasting effect.
If you use your ‘detox’ as a habit-breaker; that ‘cut-off-line-in-the-sand-point’ where you’ve decided to dump all the bad things and start with the good things, then a short, 7-10 day ‘detox’ period can be a useful ‘crutch’ to carry you from the dark side and into the light and therefore, it has merit. Also, if you feel that you need to take a product of some sort to help with the journey, to keep you on track as it were, then that’s fine as well, as long as you understand the true rationale behind the purchase.
For any other reason than this and without a plan for the essential and forthcoming lifestyle change that you’ll need to adopt, then detoxing is a complete waste of money, time and effort.
So, if it is your intention to ‘detox’ in the New Year and you feel the need for a bit of guidance on how to get the best possible results for all your efforts – detoxing or otherwise – then please get in touch and we’ll happily help you on your way to a brand new you for 2016
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