Melbourne: Detox diets may not help cleanse your system and they could even be harmful, especially for people with established liver disease, say experts.About 70 per cent of more than 600 people surveyed by Hepatitis Australia thought liver cleansing diets or detox products, such as those available from pharmacies, were beneficial.But Associate Professor Simone Strasser of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia said liver-cleansing products have no proven medical benefits and can even be harmful.“Just doing a one-off detox, which people like to do around New Year particularly because of all the excesses of the Christmas period, has absolutely no value for the liver at all,” the Herald Sun quoted her as telling a foreign news agency.“Fat builds up in the liver cells but these diets don’t do anything for that. They are called detox diets, but there are no toxins that actually build up in the liver,” she said.Instead, people should use this time of year to look at their overall lifestyle habits, the Sydney specialist said.
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