Vient ensuite la question de la prévention. Olivier Geffard, directeur de recherche de l'unité RiverLy a pour mission la surveillance chimique des milieux aquatiques, “dans l'objectif de s'assurer du maintien de la santé des écosystèmes aquatiques”. Cette surveillance repose sur la mesure des taux de micropolluants (hydrocarbures, pesticides, etc.) sur certaines zones aquatiques, à l'aide de l'étude de l'intérieur des organismes vivants dans ces zones, qui concentrent les contaminants. “Cette approche du biologique permet une meilleure caractérisation de la contamination chimique de l'eau [par rapport à une analyse du taux de polluants dans un volume d'eau]”, explique Olivier Geffard.
Finally, while many testimonial and anecdotal accounts exist of health improvements following a "detox", these are more likely attributable to the placebo effect; where people actually believe that they are doing something good and healthy. Yet, there is a severe lack of quantitative data. Some changes recommended in certain "detox" lifestyles are also found in mainstream medical advice (such as consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables). These changes can often produce beneficial effects in and of themselves, and it is accordingly difficult to separate these effects from those caused by the more controversial detoxification recommendations.
Coffee, as you may already know, is a natural laxative and can be a potential diuretic. It can help remove waste, along with water and, of course, toxins, from your body. It defeats the purpose of trying to detox, however, if you add creamer and sugar. In addition, because the effects of coffee (consumed in considerable amounts) are unclear, you should limit how much you consume.
Visit your doctor if you have any health concerns. If you have any issues that are making you feel like you need to do a detox, then you might have an underlying health issue. If this is the case, it’s much better to handle that health issue with professional medical help. Don’t hesitate to visit your doctor for an exam if you think something might be wrong. This is the best choice to protect your health.