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      Health fads that may turn dangerous

      Lot of health fads come and go but it’s not necessarily that all of them are good for health. Not every health fad works for everyone, for some, certain health fads can turn dangerous to health. Here’s a look at some of the recent health fads and the serious risks they pose.

      Juice cleanses

      Juice cleanses have become wildly popular. They normally involve only the intake of juice for a certain period say anywhere between 3 to 10 days. They may improve digestion, help weight loss and even increase certain nutrients but the down side is that these may result in certain nutritional deficiencies. Juices also lack proteins which are important to maintain a healthy weight.

      Activated charcoal

      Activated charcoal has become a big star and has been turning up in everything from smoothies to cocktails. It’s believed to be a great detoxifying agent and has been successfully used to treat poisoning and even certain drug overdoses. However, research has found that this may also remove certain vitamins and minerals from the body. It would also affect some common prescription medications like certain antidepressants. It might cause constipation. This is one fad you can skip.


      Vaping is known as a healthier alternative to smoking and even helped some smokers quit. However, these e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and many kids and teens have got addicted to it. This is especially dangerous because most kids do not know the amount of nicotine consumed. It ups the risks for lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

      Fitness Trackers

      These smart devices that you slap onto the wrists seems like the perfect way to stay aware and fit. However, these may upset mental health as some may get too obsessed with it. Some may end up with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

      Spiked Water

      Spiked water usually contains 5-6% alcohol by volume and is not necessarily healthier when compared to other alcoholic beverages. One needs to stay aware of how much one is drinking as this can cause and increased risk of high blood pressure.



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