Resolve never to detox again

The idea of flushing out toxins is based on misguided medieval notions of how our bodies work, and pursuing it can actually damage your health

Juicing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for the health-conscious

For many of us, the festive season is a time of spectacular overindulgence in our favoured vices. In January, many of us resolve to improve our physical health. ‘Detoxing’ after the excesses of Christmas has become a popular option.

From health food shops to pharmacies and high street retailers, there is a seemingly endless barrage of ‘detox’ products and treatments, from dietary supplements to shampoos, to brushes that promise to stimulate the lymphatic ...