Gwyneth Paltrow gives health and lifestyle tips on her website Goop. Many of the health tips were discredited by medical science long ago, while others are just regular remedies spun into ridiculously out of touch rich-people instructions. An example of the latter is her hangover cure advice, which suggests that you “keep hydrating yourself with alkaline forming Italian sparkling mineral water i.e. Pellegrino” and “eat one or two Umeboshi Plums.” Hunh? You mean some water and some fruit? Girl, I guess.

But when I saw that Paltrow added the promotion of a detox system called Cleanse to her repertoire I had to take a closer look. What better time to think about cleaning house than in the new year, right? Then I saw the product itself…and its price tag.

All of these ambiguous elixirs for the low price of…$425. Give me a break! Clearly I’m not the target market for a product in that price range and I flat-out refuse to spend that kind of hard-earned money on helping myself poop better (sorry to be gross, but that’s essentially what it is). So thanks, Gwyneth, but no thanks.

The fact that there must be people out there willing to break the bank for a good detox got me thinking. I’ve been equal parts curious and frightened by the idea of doing a detox ever since I only lasted on that lemonade and syrup business for a whopping six hours, gagging after every sip of the intolerable drink. But that leaves other types of fasting, juice regimens, colon cleansing, and dozens of other forms of “detox.”

Western medicine vehemently rejects the idea that our bodies need or can benefit from detoxing; when I brought the idea of a colonic up to my doctor, she told me that colon cleansing is harmful, explained that the human body is self-cleaning, and looked at me like I’d just suggested I start a drug habit for kicks. In spite of her wisdom, I’ve had success with non-Western healing such as acupuncture, so why can’t there be merit to the holistic belief that our bodies are filled with toxins that we should release so we can “reset” our systems for optimum performance?

What do you think? Do you believe in detoxing? 


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  • Whatever

    Every six months cleanse for 7 days (juicing veggies and fruits), lots of water, taking wormwood and drinking a detox tea. Then off for a colonic irrigation. Afterwards, introduce vitamins, nuts, grains, more protein, meat (if you eat meat) slowly. Your body will be very grateful. You don’t need to spend $425 to do clean your system.

    • Trini


      “You don’t need to spend $425 to do clean your system.”

      You sure dont!

      Ive detoxed before with nothing more than water, lemons or organic apple cider vinegar (which is about $5 for a HUGE bottle) and honey. $425??! Please!

  • anaylli

    Everything in moderation. I think your doctor’s logic is a tiny bit flawed, because although our bodies are self-cleansing (flaked skin cells, sweat, discharges, etc.) we still buff, wash, deodorize and brush ourselves, right? Our bodies need an extra push sometimes…nothing too extreme.

    Looking at the big picture, almost every culture incorporates cleansing / detox rituals into their daily, yearly or seasonal routines. Even here in the States, I’m sure most of our grandparents grew up doing a laxative or some sort of cleansing tonic every time the seasons changed, at the least.

    I think some of these traditions just fall out of favor and become outdated, but I’m sure the generations before us were healthier for it.

  • Angie

    I’m all for cleanses and colonics. I’m on my way to the health food store today to look at their selection of cleanses. I think cleansing/detoxing is highly beneficial.

  • Nikeshaelise

    I looked up spas in my area just yesterday and they offered a detox package for $275. It included two types of body wraps plus a therapeutic massage. I couldn’t decide between that and another package that offered a wrap a massage and a facial for like $225. I don’t know if I necessarily think detoxing is a bad thing but I do think that paying attention to your body and listening to what it needs is optimum. For example if you feel sluggish maybe change your diet for a few days to get the heaviness out and build your energy. It’s the little things that make a difference and it doesn’t have to cost $400.

  • Jane

    Do we care what Gwen is promoting because of her relationship with the Carters? Check out Queen Afua for a great cleansing experience.