London, Dec 29 (UNI) Those who plan to switch to detox diets to shed the flab gained during the festive season are frittering away time and money, a UK government scientist has said.
Drinking tap water, going for a stroll and eating sensible amounts of home-cooked are far more likely to get people back into shape after the Christmas seasonal excess, Dr Andrew Wadge suggested.
Dr Wadge, chief scientist with the Food Standards Agency, advised people against paying through the nose for expensive detox packages and supplements.
''There's a lot of nonsense talked about detoxing and most people seem to forget that we are born with a built-in detox mechanism.
It's called the liver,'' the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
It was saner to ditch these treatments and spend the money elsewhere, he advised.
Detox kits have been a lucrative earner for supermarkets, pharmacists and health food shops in recent years. They boast about battling against toxins and protecting from the dangers of free radicals, by-products of pollution and smoke.
Jacqui Lowdon of the British Dietetic Association snubbed most detox supplements ''pointless''.
''We should all be looking after our bodies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rather than doing it for a week or a fortnight once a year,'' she said.
Earlier studies have maintained that detox diets did no more than the body's own natural detox systems.