THE DON’TS OF DETOXING
Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t detox. A clean diet is one thing, but a reduction in calories and the restriction of certain foods may deprive their baby of vital nutrients. Additionally, toxins released in the process may harm the baby.
While a detox may be beneficial after taking medication such as antibiotics, chemotherapy or the residue of anaesthetics after surgery, it’s not recommended to take detoxification supplements while you’re taking prescribed medication.
I recommend avoiding detox products containing laxatives such as senna and cascara. The aim of these schemes is quick and dirty weight loss, which places more strain on your body.
Those with anorexia nervosa and bulimia are often drawn to the idea of a detox, but it only serves to reinforce already punishing eating patterns.