Do You Really Need To Detox In January?

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All you hear in January when it comes to food is detoxing and cleansing.

But the interesting thing is, no studies have been published to suggest any detox practices aid the natural process of expelling toxins.

“Prolonged cleanses or restrictive diets can lower your metabolic rate,” warns dietitian Dimple Thakrar in Porter Magazine. “You’ll see some initial weight loss, but weight can rebound when you return to your normal calorie intake.”

Approach we prefer? Detox to retox, described in the upcoming book RETOX: Yoga*Food*Attitude Healthy Solutions for Real Life  by Lauren Imparato, owner of I.AM.YOU yoga studio in Chinatown.

Lauren Imparato Retox

“No more striving for bodily purity,” writes Lauren. “Who has the patience—or the time!—for strict dietary restrictions and hours of meditation? Let’s get real. These tactics just don’t work—at least not for long.  But that doesn’t mean health and happiness are unobtainable.”

Balance of healthy and fun? Sign us up. We can’t wait to read Retox, available for pre-order on