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Does a detox cleanse your body? [news]

People have been detoxing their bodies for centuries. The historical treatment of blood-letting was based on the theory it could rid the body of "over-abundances" that cause disease. These days, most detoxing involves a severely restrictive diet, often with the assistance of any number of "detox in a box" kits that line the shelves of chemists, supermarkets and beauty stores. These products make promises like - "helps the body cleanse itself of toxins and pollutants caused by the excesses of a busy life" and "cleanse your system and whisk away the polluting nasties".