Read any health or celebrity magazine and the word detox will likely be mentioned – either as a way to lose weight, get healthy, or cure a hangover. Everybody seems to be doing it.
“Detox” used to mean ridding the body of dangerous substances, such as alcohol or drugs, but these days detoxing is touted as a way to become healthier, fitter, and slimmer by removing unnamed toxins from your body.
The truth is that far from being healthy, detoxing can pose a risk to health. Health experts agree that detoxing is unnecessary, but, with thousands of detox supplements on the market, it seems we just can’t get enough of it.
Let’s dig down into the nitty-gritty of detoxing to see what it can and can’t do for you.
Detoxifying means the physical removal of toxic substances from the body and can refer to alcohol, drugs, or actual poisons. However, a cleanse or a detox where you aim to remove toxins from your body in order to get thinner, fresher, and more alert has become mainstream and popular with customers.
Essentially, a detox or cleanse is the practice of increasing bowel movements and urination in order to clean out your inner system. Detox supplements always contain laxatives and diuretics for this purpose, and many people believe that doing this is good for health and weight loss.
There are numerous diet products on the market aimed at detoxing. You can also find alternative medicinal practitioners offering this service, usually as colon cleansing.
Fans of detoxing often make all sorts of grisly claims about what it can do, like removing undigested faecal matter, parasites, and poisons. Removing toxins from your body sounds like it should be good for health, with physical improvements such as weight loss and improved energy usually named as proven benefits.
In truth, a detox is unnecessary – the body already has a cleansing system in place. Your liver and kidneys filter out any ingested toxins obtained through diet, so taking laxatives does not help and is more likely to cause adverse effects than positive benefits.
Out of all the detox products on the market, the detox tea is the most popular. These can contain a range of pleasant-sounding ingredients, such as ginger and green tea, and the idea is that they will help your health and cause some weight loss.
The truth is not quite as palatable. In order to have the detox effect, detox teas always contain laxatives. Often this is in the form of senna, but less well-known laxatives are also popular. Unless you have an in-depth knowledge of herbal supplements it can be hard to identify what these ingredients actually do. Most detox teas do not really mention the laxative effect but, make no mistake, without a laxative it is not really a detox tea.
In addition, detox teas contain diuretics – ingredients to make you urinate. Losing so-called water weight can give the impression that you are thinner, especially if you suffer from bloating, but it can lead to dehydration very easily, especially when combined with all those extra bowel movements.
Ingredients such as milk thistle are supposed to cleanse the liver, although most of us have never considered that it needed cleansing.
If you do want to improve the health of your kidneys and liver, giving up alcohol, drinking lots of water, and similar everyday actions will be far better for health than a detox tea, and cheaper too.
Detox teas never really come with any explanation of how they work. Although we are supposed to believe that removing toxins is good for health, these toxins are never identified. In all cases, detox teas are more likely to cause health issues than they are to improve health.
According to the British Liver Trust, the best way to “detox” your liver, or, as they describe it, improve liver health and decrease the risk of liver disease, is to make some simple lifestyle choices.
Reducing your alcohol intake is a big one. So is taking regular exercise and eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Obesity is a major cause of liver disease, so losing weight can play a huge role in preventing this. And of course, drinking plenty of water is especially important for liver health.
Your liver does not become toxic but it can become fatty, prone to disease, and damaged by alcohol or other substances. Although there are herbal extracts out there, such as milk thistle extract, which are supposed to cleanse the liver, there is very little real evidence. The truth is that if you really want to improve your overall health and the health of your liver, a healthier lifestyle is the best approach.
According to medicinal research, some natural foods, like coffee, oatmeal, fatty fish, green tea, and fruit and vegetables can all improve liver health. Avoiding foods such as salt, alcohol, fatty foods will also improve your liver.
Your liver is the biggest solid organ in the body. It carries out 200 physical functions every day. Some of these include breaking down food and converting it into energy, helping the body get rid of waste, destroying and neutralising drugs and toxins, and helping the body fight off infections.
Your liver can become damaged through lifestyle factors, causing serious medical conditions – none of which are going to be improved by taking a herbal detox supplement or drinking a tea which contains laxatives and diuretics.
The sad truth is that there aren’t any real benefits of detox products. Detoxing has been largely slammed by the medical community, as the products sold in this niche are likely to cause more problems than benefits. Despite this, the practice is popular with consumers, who seem to enjoy it and report numerous benefits.
The most touted benefit is weight loss. Many users are convinced that a detox product has cleaned up their internal system, making it work more efficiently so they lose weight. Taking laxatives and diuretics is at best a simplistic and temporary method of weight loss. Losing water weight reduces bloating, and may make you show up a few pounds lighter on the scales, but this is not the same as losing fat. It can also lead to problems such as dehydration.
So, taking a detox product does give you the impression that you are losing weight, but it is only that: an impression.
Detox products can also be pretty dangerous. People who suffer from eating disorders such as bulimia can become fixated on detox teas as a way to get rid of food. Detox teas are basically laxatives, and the FDA has reported several deaths resulting from laxative tea abuse.
Of course, if you suffer from constipation you may find that a detox product, like any laxative, will get things moving. But, as with all laxatives, you should not use them regularly. In addition, an ordinary over-the-counter laxative will be much cheaper than a fancy detox product.
Detox products are generally pretty bad for you, with some supplements worse than others.
The whole point of a detox supplement is to increase urination and bowel movements. Although this diuretic and laxative process is described as detoxification, this is just a euphemism for the real purpose, which will undoubtedly see you spending more time in your bathroom.
Taking laxatives unnecessarily can cause a range of side effects, including dehydration, abdominal pains, and fatigue. Diarrhoea causes the body to lose vital bacteria (probiotics) which are important for a healthy digestion. The body can also lose vital electrolytes. If you take laxatives long term you may find that it becomes difficult to open your bowels normally without help.
Diuretics also cause many of the same issues. Losing bodily fluids may help you look thinner temporarily, but can again lead to dehydration.
Detox products are often misused to support eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa. It has been well documented that some bulimia sufferers use detox teas as a less obvious way of taking laxatives. After all, with so many adverts for detox supplements and celebrity endorsements for teatoxes, they often just look harmless and fashionable.
It is important to remember that whatever detox product you are considering, they all work in much the same way, but with varying degrees of strength.
Although some detox products are not overly strong and dangerous, you should always read the ingredients list before you buy, taking great care to avoid senna and unknown herbal ingredients.
Detox products are pretty much always a waste of money. They don’t actually do anything helpful in the body and there seems to be no good reason to take them. It seems that if a supplement manufacturer or tea producer puts the word detox in the name of a product, the sky is the limit when it comes to price.
Many detox supplements are sold in the form of speciality teas. You may find that you enjoy the taste, and some people do not experience too much in the way of side effects, but why bother? A herbal tea is the fraction of the price of a detox tea and will taste much the same without the risk of side effects.
Detox teas can be very expensive. For example, Bootea, a well-known and popular detox tea, costs a whopping £24.95 for just 28 teabags. Other teatoxes are comparable, with Skinny Mint, a shockingly dangerous teatox supplement, sold for £39.00 for just a 28-day supply. When you consider how much good quality herbal tea you could buy for the same price, it is a no-brainer.
Not all detox products are teas. You can buy detox supplements in the form of so-called health drinks and juices, which, just like the teas, are far more expensive than their non-detox counterparts. Some of these don’t contain laxatives but instead are meant to support a very low calorie diet. There is no reason to take them. They will not make starving yourself any easier and there is very little in these types of fruit and vegetable supplements that you could not make for yourself in a juicer.
Detox supplements in capsule form are similar to conventional laxatives that you can buy over the counter and, in most cases, the only difference is the price.
It is not healthy to detox by taking a supplement or adopting an extreme detox diet. There is zero benefit to taking laxatives and diuretics, missing out food groups, and existing on fruit juice for a few days. It is just not going to do anything for your long-term health.
That said, you can improve your diet and your liver health very simply. Cutting out processed foods and sugars, and increasing fresh fruit and vegetable intake can improve your general health. If you drink alcohol, going alcohol-free (or drinking less often) for a while will also help. Many people go alcohol-free for a month as a way to detox and generally feel better for it. Drinking more water is also a big one to stick to.
It is a bit of a mistake to believe that your body is full of toxins and poisons which need to be eliminated anyway. Your liver and kidneys filter out any potentially dangerous ingredients and pathogens, and your colon works effectively without any need of extra intervention. When your digestive system goes wrong, such as constipation or IBS, it is important to get medical advice rather than turning to detox supplements.
To reiterate: it is not healthy to detox. Taking supplements to increase urination and bowel movements is potentially dangerous and, in most cases, will cause more harm than good.
Detoxing can have a massive effect upon your body, but not in a good way. Contrary to what the supplement sellers would have you believe, detoxing can cause side effects and is potentially dangerous.
Many detox products contain laxatives – often senna. This causes bowel movements by irritating the lining of your bowel so that any waste is evacuated. Doing this also removes the good bacteria in the gut, which can cause digestive issues. Take laxatives for too long and you risk becoming sore and irritated in the anus. In addition, long-term use can lead to dependency, where you find you can’t open your bowels unless you have taken a laxative – a common issue with the elderly.
Surprisingly, taking laxatives can lead to constipation. This is because the body can become dehydrated and therefore holds on to liquid. Taking diuretics (ingredients to make you pee and lose so-called water weight) will cause the same issues.
Detoxing by undergoing an extreme fast is also questionable. Although cutting out food for a few days may help cause some weight loss, the results are not permanent. A starvation diet like this, where you only drink juice or eat steamed vegetables, leaves out vital food groups, like protein, and can cause extreme fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration, and more. An extreme diet can change the balance of your metabolism, causing the body to slow down because of food shortages. Once this happens, future weight loss becomes increasingly difficult.
Detoxing is just too extreme. It has zero medical benefits and will not help with health and weight loss. Although some people enjoy the feeling of lightness after all those bowel movements, any benefits are short-lived and unsustainable.
This is a very common question. With so many people, celebrities, and social media posts all talking about detoxing, it is easy to get swept up in this craze and feel that you should be doing it too.
But there is an easy answer: no!
There is no reason to ever do a detox. This idea has been wholly invented by the supplements and dieting industry and has no foundation in any sense or medical fact.
When you see celebrities clutching cups of their detox tea and reporting that they feel much healthier and thinner, just remember that they are getting paid for endorsing these products and have probably never really used them.
However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to clean up your diet and improve your health. If you eat a lot of processed foods and fatty sugars, like cakes and takeaways, then making healthy dietary changes will be good for your health and your diet.
Cutting out smoking is always good news; so is reducing alcohol intake. These are the sort of healthy lifestyle changes you should be making for your long-term health and to lose weight. Whereas taking a detox supplement – such as a laxative cup of tea each day, or a crazy extreme diet plan for a couple of days – has no benefits.
If you feel like getting healthier, changing some basic habits is going to be much more effective than detoxing.
It all depends on the type of detox you choose. We have seen two-day detoxes where you drink nothing but juice and eat only steamed vegetables. Alternatively, we have seen juice diets where you drink only juice products for up to a week.
Most teatox supplements require that you drink a tea blend, or blends, for 14 days or 28 days. There is no real reason for this though. In our opinion, this is simply a matter of pricing and convenience rather than any proven benefit to the consumer.
For many people, a detox will last for as long as they can stand it. Detoxing is often accompanied by a fasting diet that is simply too extreme to stick to.
The sad thing is that all this time, effort, and money is unlikely to provide any long-term benefits to your health. Detoxing is notorious for causing side effects and, according to all medical opinion, is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
Worryingly, we have seen detox products sold in three-month supplies, which just seems expensive and unsafe.
This will depend upon the type of detox you are following, but in most cases it seems as if it should be as unpleasant and as difficult as possible.
Some people detox by cutting out caffeine. This sounds healthy and virtuous of course, but caffeine in safe quantities has numerous health benefits and is well-tolerated by most people. The recommended caffeine intake is 400mg a day, which is roughly 4 cups of instant coffee. For most people there is no real need to omit this from their daily diet, but many of us could benefit from cutting down a little.
Other detoxes require that you cut out meat. This can be good for health, but you do need to consider your protein content. A detox lacking in protein and consisting only of a plate of steamed vegetables or juices is extreme and unlikely to work long term. Even if you can stick to this gruelling program for a week or a couple of days, it is hard to see what you are going to achieve. Once you start eating normally again, you will not be left with any lasting benefits.
We have seen detox diets that require you to just eat lemons and a certain type of honey. There are plenty of other fad diets out there too.
Some people simply take a detox tea and do not otherwise change their diets. Taking laxatives and diuretics long term is not healthy. If you take senna for example, you should not take it for longer than seven days.
So that’s what detoxing is all about. Now let’s take a look at some of the detox products currently on the market and what they are supposed to do.
Ibiza Superfoods Detox Mix is described as a premium supergreen blend for promoting healthy detoxification and elimination. It comes as a green-coloured powder that you sprinkle into juices, smoothies, or yoghurts.
The Detox Mix contains six natural ingredients. These are chlorella (a fresh water algae), fennel, alfalfa, nettle, yacon, and beetroot. All may have general benefits to health, but it is hard to see what exactly they will do. Fennel is a laxative and nettle is a diuretic, so you will certainly be spending more time in the bathroom should you try this product. We have some concerns about the inclusion of chlorella, as this is known for causing diarrhoea. Other side effects may be an issue, and the ingredient qualities are not provided, which also worries us.
At the time of writing, it looks like Detox Mix might be discontinued because it is not as easily available as it once was. However, it is on sale from UK store Holland & Barrett, where a 200g bag (approx 30 servings) costs £18.16.
Flat Belly Detox is a guide to weight loss that is sent to you as a PDF download. You can’t see the guide until you pay, but with some confusing advertising in the form of one of those rambling sales pages that goes on forever (10,000 words) and a 50-minute video, the signs are there that the guide is going to be equally bad.
Flat Belly Detox is sold through ClickBank, a website that specialises in PDF guides on a range of topics. According to the sales page, Flat Belly Detox was written by a man called Josh Houghton about his weight loss secret, and the guide is sold via affiliate marketing sites that earn a commission on sales.
There aren’t many details about how to follow Flat Belly Detox. There may be soup involved, as well as some unnamed fruits. There are some “sweat-free” exercises that you can follow online. But apart from that, details are thin on the ground, despite the 10,000 words of the sales letter.
Flat Belly Detox costs $37.00. There is no customer feedback, but a 60-day guarantee is advertised. Whether you really will get your money back is unknown.
For our full review, see here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/flat-belly-detox/
Juicing is a current weight loss fad that requires dieters to starve themselves for a few days in order to “detox” and lose weight. Fuel Station provides ready-made juices and soups to support a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day cleanse.
Fuel Station is a British company formed in 2014. They often use Z-list celebrities, such as reality contestants, to promote their products.
The juices come in a range of flavours, based on various fruits or vegetables, plus a couple of soups. You consume only these products throughout the fast.
While you will lose weight doing this, side effects are pretty much guaranteed too. You can expect extreme hunger, headaches, fatigue, unstable blood sugar levels, and more.
Fuel Station Juice Detox is incredibly expensive. There are various buying options. The 3-day kit (12 bottles of fruit and vegetable juices) is the cheapest option at £65.00, going up to £125.00 for the 7-day plan. Other options are available.
There is no money-back guarantee, and customers have complained about the diet and the customer services department on social media.
See our full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/fuel-station-juice-detox/
Detox Plus is a laxative supplement that claims to give you the same effect as colonic irrigation – an alternative health treatment that pressure washes out your colon to remove faecal matter.
There is no real reason why you need to cleanse the colon. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to side effects and has no benefits at all. If you are occasionally constipated, health advice is to eat more fruit and fibre, drink water, and increase activity levels.
Detox Plus contains laxatives including senna, rhubarb powder and guar gum. Ingredient quantities are not disclosed.
Although there are some positive customer reviews, we have received numerous reports of severe side effects from Watchdog readers, including bleeding of the bowel, vomiting, extreme diarrhoea and hospitalisation.
We don’t have any information about the manufacturer, but Detox Plus is on sale from Evolution Slimming, a reputable UK company that also operates in the USA. Detox Plus costs £19.95 ($47.00) for one month’s supply.
Evolution Slimming offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all products. This is good news because you will probably need it.
Check out our full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/detox-plus/
As you could probably guess from the name, FatBlaster Coconut Detox is a coconut-based drink. It is designed to support a detox over a two-day period, where the only food allowed is a plate of steamed vegetables.
FatBlaster Coconut Detox is made and sold in Australia, so shipping is prohibitively expensive to most places in the world.
The drink contains healthy fruit extracts along with the coconut, including Acai, Goji berry, pineapple and apple pectin. Ingredient quantities are not disclosed.
This product alone will not make you lose weight – the extreme diet plan is the key to losing any weight. If you follow this you should lose a couple of pounds, but there is no reason why it should make starving yourself any easier.
Very low calorie diets (fewer than 500 calories a day) can cause side effects including fatigue, irritability, hunger, and headaches. They usually lead to yo-yo weight gain once you finish the diet too.
FatBlaster Coconut Detox is expensive. One container of six servings (2-day’s supply) costs around $39.99 AUD, depending on where you purchase from. Buy from the product website and shipping to the UK is a whopping $24.99. It costs an added $45 for US customers.
There is no money-back guarantee available either.
See our full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/fatblaster-coconut-detox/
Strip Teas 28-Detox Kit is comprised of three different types of tea that you drink in the morning, afternoon, and every other evening over 28 days. This is supposed to improve health and weight loss but, despite the health claims, it looks dangerous.
The AM Tea contains green tea plus a blend of herbal extracts, including laxatives, milk thistle, and plantain. It also contains dandelion root – a diuretic.
The Afternoon Tea looks to be the best of the bunch, and includes a couple of tea blends – Oolong and Shou Pu’er, plus coffee bean and cocoa nibs. There is also dandelion to increase urination.
The PM Tea (Night time Cleanse) is of most concern. This includes the well-known laxative senna, plus laxatives that are not as common. One of these is slippery elm, which was used in folk medicine to cause abortions.
Side effects include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, uterine contractions, headaches and the risk of dehydration.
Strip Teas 28 Detox Kit is expensive, costing $65 for 28 days supply. There is no customer feedback available and it does not come with a guarantee.
Cute Nutrition Teatox is available as a 14-day or 28-day program. The claim is that drinking this tea once a day will banish bloating and help with weight loss.
Cute Nutrition is a British supplements company whose products are predominantly aimed at women. The supplements are most easily available to UK customers and on sale via the official website, Amazon, and other outlets.
Cute Nutrition Teatox does not actually contain tea. Instead, the teabags are composed of a blend of mint leaves, herbs, and spices that customers have described as tasty. Ingredients include fenugreek, turmeric, spearmint, nettle, and fennel. Some of these have a mild laxative/diuretic effect.
Customer feedback is generally good and most people enjoy the tea, although weight loss is not mentioned by many.
Cute Nutrition Teatox is not expensive compared to other teatoxes, but it is pricy compared to tea. The 14-day kit (14 teabags and a free download about weight loss) costs £12.00. The 28-day kit (28 teabags) costs £19.99. Buy from the Cute Nutrition website and you also get a free mug.
There is no money-back guarantee advertised, but some customers have obtained a refund by contacting the company.
See our full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/cute-nutrition-teatox/
Bootea is a well-known teatox program composed of a daytime and a nighttime tea blend. It is on sale from a range of outlets in the UK.
The teatox promises increased weight loss, detoxification, and improved skin. There is no evidence for these claims but, as detoxification is usually shorthand for increased bowel movements, Bootea may do something!
The daytime blend is supposed to perk you up and help with weight loss. It contains oolong tea, mate, and ginseng – all mild stimulants (including caffeine). There are herbs for digestive issues, such as peppermint and others, to increase urination, so you may lose some water weight.
The nighttime blend used to contain senna as the main laxative, but this has since been removed from the formula due to health concerns. However, it still contains laxatives such as liquorice, burdock, and hawthorn, which is also a diuretic.
Side effects such as stomach pain and dehydration may be an issue for some users. Taking laxatives can also lead to dependency, and hawthorn interacts with prescription medication.
Price varies depending on where you buy. The Bootea website offers a 14-day teatox for £24.95, going up to £119.95 for the 112-day teatox. There is no money-back guarantee.
Our full review can be found here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/bootea/
Burnfatea Teatox is composed of two teabag blends – you drink one in the morning and the other at night. According to the claims, Burnfatea will aid weight loss and remove cellulite and bloating. There is no evidence, but it does look safer than many on the market.
Burnfatea Teatox is a British company based in London. The teatox is on sale from the product website or via eBay.
The Day Teatox contains various types of teas, including green and oolong. There is also South American extract yerba mate, which is high in caffeine. Other ingredients, such as eleuthero, have an energizing effect, while others have a mild laxative effect and may increase urination.
The Night Teatox is based around rooibos tea, which is caffeine-free. There is chamomile, known for its sleepy effect, and burdock, a mild laxative. Plus there are diuretics, including nettle and dandelion.
Potential side effects include allergic reaction, diarrhoea, dehydration, and jitteriness.
Burnfatea Teatox is on sale from the official website and eBay. It costs £7.99 for a 7-day supply, £12.99 for a 14-day supply, and £19.99 for 28 days.
There is no customer feedback and Burnfatea Teatox is not covered by a guarantee.
See our full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/burnfatea-teatox/
Skinny Mint is a teatox program that contains two tea blends that the advertising claims will remove excess fats and toxins from the body. High in laxatives and diuretics, many customers have complained about side effects caused by these Singapore-manufactured tea blends.
The daytime blend, Morning Boost, contains a range of caffeine ingredients including yerba mate and guarana. There are also diuretics, such as nettle and dandelion, as well as grapefruit leaves, which will interact with prescription medication.
The Night Cleanse contains laxatives senna, liquorice and hawthorn plus herbal diuretics.
It is important to remember that Skinny Mint is manufactured in Singapore and may not conform to GMP (good manufacturing practice).
There is no reason to take this supplement and side effects are likely. Here at Watchdog we have received numerous customer complaints mentioning abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps.
The teatox is only available from the Skinny Mint website, where it is on sale in all currencies. It is expensive, costing £22.90 ($29.90) for the 14-day kit and £39.00 ($54.90) for a 28-day supply. The company ships worldwide free of charge, but there is no money-back guarantee.
See the full review here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/skinny-mint/
As we’ve seen above, Bootea is well-known for teatox teas. Now Bootea Coffeetox adds a new twist by basing a detox drink on coffee.
Bootea Coffeetox is packaged in a coffee bag that you drink hot every morning like your regular cup of coffee. It contains Brazilian coffee, plus green tea blends and herbal ingredients to increase urination.
The supplement contains caffeine and Siberian ginseng that may increase energy levels. However, with 87% of Coffeetox made up of Brazilian coffee, it seems likely that this Coffeetox is not going to be very different from drinking an ordinary cup of coffee in the morning.
There is not much information about what Coffeetox is supposed to do. The most likely effects are increased energy and increased urination. Potential side effects may include caffeine-related symptoms such as jitteriness. The diuretics may lead to dehydration.
Bootea Coffeetox is expensive. It costs £24.99 for a 14-day supply (14 coffee bags). There is no customer feedback available and no money-back guarantee.
For our full review, please click here: https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/bootea-coffeetox/
It’s clear from the sheer number of detox products available that detoxing is popular. It is touted for numerous vague benefits, but in truth it is impossible to pin these benefits down. If you look at any detox advertisement it will likely claim to remove toxins, but these toxins are never even named. According to medical opinion, detoxing is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
This hasn’t stopped the supplements industry from selling laxatives and diuretics, which are labelled as detox supplements but are really just substances to make you open your bowels more frequently or pee more. All detox supplements are designed for these purposes only and, although they may include added healthy ingredients, this is just window dressing for an otherwise basic product.
We just don’t need to detox. Our bodies already have a built in detoxification system with the liver, kidneys, skin, and lungs. And when it comes to the idea of cleansing your colon, guess what? It doesn’t require cleansing! Your body will filter out any potentially dangerous substances without the need of supplements. The colon does not require fancy teas or diet products to make it work better either. If you take pills to increase urination you may lose water weight temporarily, but it won’t help you lose fat.
Taking laxatives can cause a range of side effects, including dehydration and the risk of dependency on laxatives to open your bowels. Expelling all bacteria from your digestive system will also remove good bacteria, the probiotics that keep our digestive system working.
The bottom line, according to doctors, is that detoxing is potentially dangerous and best avoided.