A Drastic January Detox Can Do More Harm Than Good, Warn Doctors


It's that time of the year when many of us feel the need to embark on a post-Christmas health kick, but a drastic new year detox might not actually be that good for us, doctors have warned.
The British Medical Journal has highlighted the case of a 47-year-old woman they treated last year who became seriously ill after taking a concoction of herbal remedies and drinking too much water, the BBC reports.
The woman had taken a number of natural medicines all together, including milk thistle, vitamin B compound, vervain, sage tea, green tea and valerian root, to help her cope with stress, according to the report. Her partner also revealed she starting to drink a lot more water and tea before feeling unwell.
After she collapsed and suffered a seizure, she was taken to the emergency department where medical tests showed she had dangerously low levels of salt in her body.
Following treatment in hospital, the woman fully recovered, but experts are urging people to take notice of this example and consider the side-effects of using complementary medicine. The BMJ is also warning doctors to "always consider non-prescription remedies" when assessing patients with unusual pathology.
"It sounds predictable, but for the vast majority of people, a sensible diet and regular physical activity really are the only ways to properly maintain and maximize your health," a representative from the British Dietetic Association advised.
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