Does Yoga Really Detox Your Body?

By Shawn Radcliffe for Yoga Journal.

You’ve heard that twisting and building heat in yoga can help eliminate toxins. But is this claim true?

We’ve all experienced it. While deep in a twist or a challenging, sweaty yoga practice, the teacher reassuringly mentions that twisting and building heat will release toxins from your body.

But can yoga actually help detoxify the body?

The short answer: We don’t know.

“Sometimes yoga instructors mention that twists or other poses might be helpful [for detoxifcation], but there’s no scientific basis for that,” says Herpreet Thind, PhD, MPH, a researcher at UMass Lowell who studies the benefits of physical activity and yoga for chronic disease prevention and treatment.

For more information on how yoga can help promote detoxification, click here to read the full article on Yoga Journal.

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