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7 most popular detox products on amazon

We Tried 7 of the Most Popular Detox Products on Amazon

At-home cupping, those crazy footpads, and yes, the tea.

By: Katie Becker

Trying out a new “detox” can conjure about a variety of responses. Your Western doctor friends will love to remind you that that word doesn’t really mean anything. Your Kardashian-obsessed co-worker will tell you about the detox tea she swears by. Your mom will worry you’re talking about Fen Phen. But a bunch of Coveteur staffers were genuinely curious about a handful of simple and safe-looking detox products that get lots of buzz and pretty strong reviews on Amazon to boot. We gave them a spin, and this is what we thought.

Anti Cellulite Silicone Cupping Therapy Set: “I don’t really have cellulite, so when trying this product, I was expecting something to relieve my post-workout soreness (think: Michael Phelps cupping photos) and maybe add some extra softness to my ‘problem areas.’ At first, I made the mistake of not applying lotion before using the cups, therefore they did not stick. However, after massaging some Glossier Body Hero onto my lower glutes, they stayed well for over 15 minutes. I didn’t notice any bruising (just a bit of redness, so don’t try before slipping on shorts), but my skin definitely felt softer and my muscles a bit less tense! I liked also applying the smaller cup to my upper back—it felt like a mini massage to help alleviate some soreness. I feel that for the price and convenience of this product, it’s worth a try, cellulite or no.” —Meg Gegler

Ingestible Clay: “I don’t really do detoxes or diets. I barely ever indulge in health crazes because I’ve always been a firm believer in just eating healthy, working out, and doing whatever makes you feel best. That being said, I was intrigued when I heard that eating clay was apparently a great way to cleanse. I had a really hard time eating it, though, because just the concept of it being clay and the texture really freaked me out. I’m not sure if maybe it was a mental block I had created or the product itself, but it really upset my stomach, and I felt sick instead of detoxed. From now on the only time I’ll be using clay is to create pottery—which I am also admittedly not great at, but I feel it’s a better alternative to ingesting it.” —Tara Gonzalez

Sonne’s Detoxification No 7: “I’m not a detoxer. If I feel I need to cleanse my system of any alcohol or greasy foods, I usually spend a Sunday downing natural, sugar-free juices and water. Since this detoxification liquid is used by adding one tablespoon to a tall glass of water, I figured I’d give it a try. Though this claims to eliminate toxic waste through the kidneys, prevent allergic reactions, and help relieve symptoms of stomach cramps and headaches, the only feeling I felt upon taking this was dehydration. The chalky aftertaste is enough to make you want to wash this down with something refreshing, so be sure to drink plenty of water and then some upon consumption.” —DaMonica Boone

Havasu Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules: “I take two vitamins that were prescribed by my doctor daily (iron and B12), so it was really easy to incorporate this into my routine—I took it along with my other pills first thing in the morning, prior to having a light breakfast. I haven’t lost any weight or noticed my stomach flattening as some reviewers have noted, but the capsules have curbed my appetite a bit. I’m generally very hungry by the time lunch and dinner roll around, but since I started taking these, I’ve been able to go longer stretches without feeling like I need to eat. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from trying them, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it either; the impact has been pretty marginal—again, no washboard abs in sight over here.” —Leah Faye Cooper

BaeTea: “I’m a huge believer in not weighing yourself and actually haven’t had a scale in my bathroom since 2011. I make changes to my diet and workout routine solely based on how I feel. And bloating is one of the feels I respond to, so I tried the ‘tea-tox’ as a different tactic to reduce bloat this winter. With the 14-day BaeTea detox, I replaced my first cup of coffee each day with a steaming hot cup of BaeTea. By the end of the first week I found I did have more energy than usual for my morning run or spin class. And by the tenth day, I felt overall less puffy. Kick-starting my day with the tea helped me reset and get rid of any toxins, much more efficiently than my usual latte with almond milk. I’d recommend the tea-tox to people looking to quickly aid that winter body bloat or just get their morning routine on a better track for a minimal cost.” —Madeleine Bokan

Dry Brushing Body Brush: “I, and probably you, as well, have long heard about the reported benefits of dry brushing. The deal is, you brush your body with upward strokes before a bath or shower, and the benefits will include reduced cellulite, better circulation, less dry skin, etc., etc. And while I’ve been dutifully brushing, I have yet to see marked results—but that’s likely due to the fact that you have to do this for a long time for it to work, and I’m nearly 9 months pregnant, so my body is just freaking out in general right now and is so different and strange. I will say, it feels excellent and has done wonders for my winter/pregnancy-related itchyness!” —Laurel Pantin

Premium Foot Pads: “The idea of these foot pads is they are supposed to pull the toxins out of your body through your feet overnight, and in the morning you’ll wake up to dark, stained foot pads that reveal just how much ‘gunk’ they removed from your body. Sounds nice as an idea, right? I immediately started Googling the crap out of these foot pads when I first got them, but the overwhelming amount of content out there is about how they are a hoax. That any amount of moisture starts darkening the pads to appear like a toxin-soaked blotter, but it’s really just your sweat dampening the pad. Though I’m always reluctant to believe that kind of naysaying, the truth is that a) it is true that any amount of moisture will darken the pads, and b) I didn’t feel any difference in my body or sleep or quality of thinking in the week I used them. If I can’t distinguish that it’s working through visual evidence or perceived evidence…. I just don’t know why I’d keep doing it!” —Katie Becker

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