Highlighting a case where a 47-year-old woman became critically ill after taking herbal remedies and drinking too much water, ending up in need of urgent hospital care, medics warned against the extreme use of alternative remedies and the dangers of drinking too much water.
The woman treated had a cocktail of herbs and medicines in her system including milk thistle, molkosan, I-theanine, glutamine, vitamin B compound, vervain and valerian root, and she had also been drinking copious amounts of water, green tea and sage tea in the days leading up to becoming unwell.
None of that is necessarily a bad thing in its own right, but self medicating is always dangerous, even if it’s ‘natural’. Shortly before being admitted to hospital, the woman collapsed and had a seizure which was attributed to dangerously low levels of salt (sodium) in her body.
Doctors warn that excessive water intake can be just as dangerous as not having enough water, and that this belief that natural remedies are without side effects is entirely fabricated. They also warned that it is a myth that there is a magic solution to detoxing after a period of excess; no pills, drinks, patches or lotions are any substitute for what the body does naturally and continuously of its own accord. A representative said: “The body has numerous organs, such as the skin, gut, liver and kidney, that continually ‘detoxify’ the body from head to toe.”
In short, what doctors are really saying is that hitting an extreme detox hard for a period of time is no more effective or beneficial than extreme dieting. The best way to a happy and healthy body is to have a sensible diet and regular exercise on an ongoing basis, predictable as it might sound. Or, as we like to put it, a little of what you fancy does you good!
So here’s what we suggest. When you think detox this year, think ‘feel good factor’ – don’t think punishing diet routine, or envisage restrictions left, right and centre. Think about beautiful walks in beautiful environments, working up a bit of a sweat before relaxing and unwinding with a massage and a really nice, healthy lunch. Maybe even seek the help of a fitness expert to inspire you to that long-term healthy routine. Whatever you do though, be kind to you and your body!