By Amber Ketchum
Using cleanses to “detox the body” are all the rage these days. From programs like the traditional 10-day water, lemon, cayenne mixture with no food, to various juice cleanses, herb concoctions, and Epsom salt baths…there is pretty much a cleanse for everything imaginable. Some people even do multiple cleanses back-to-back in hopes to not only rid themselves of toxins, but also lose weight. While the use of cleanses has become very popular, it is a highly controversial topic in the health & wellness community and one we run into a lot here at Camp Shane.
The idea behind the use of cleanses is that the body is full of toxins, whether from foods such as wheat, dairy, chemical additives, or from exposure to substances like mercury, lead, and more. Many people have started doing these cleanses based on things they’ve read online or in books, or seen on TV. This leads us to the question: Have these cleanses become the newest eating disorder? They certainly come with a strict set of rules for “detoxing” the body and have taken the consumer market by storm even though there are some health risks involved.