Detox

Detox is an Inverse series that cuts through the hype and confusion of today’s health and wellness claims. From sunscreen to probiotics to face washing and everything in between, we cut straight to the science providing readers with accurate, evidence-based advice to live healthy and happy lives.

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Are ‘Clean Beauty’ Products Worth It? Dermatologists Break Down the Wellness Trend

ByKatie MacBride

"Unfortunately, many cosmetic and skincare companies are using a lot of substances that really do not belong in skincare."

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Intermittent Fasting May Be Linked to Binge-Eating Behavior — Study

ByKatie MacBride

Research suggests there are dangers to intermittent fasting.

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Does light therapy for seasonal affective disorder actually work?

ByKatie MacBride

It’s more than just the “winter blues.”

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Why Won’t My Cough Go Away? Doctors Explain Why This Symptom Lingers

ByKatie MacBride

Your postinfectious cough will likely resolve on its own, but there are things you can do to manage the symptoms and potentially speed up the healing process.

Mind and Body

Does the Best Workout Exist? Exercise Scientists All Agree on One Thing

ByKatie MacBride

Here’s what researchers say about the most optimal ways to exercise.

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Is alcohol bad for your health? Here's what the science actually says

ByKatie MacBride

U.S. dietary guidelines for alcohol intake are two drinks or less per day for men and one drink per day or less for women.

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Can spicy food boost our gut health? Here's what the science says

ByKatie MacBride

Foods that help the microbiome flourish could provide a host of health benefits.

Mind and Body

Do detox diets work? A dietician breaks down the murky science

ByThe Conversation and Taylor Grasso

What you should know to avoid a slew of negative side effects of detox diets.

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Prescription poop could be the future of medicine

ByKatie MacBride

A recent FDA approval is likely only the start of a promising future for prescription poop.

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Microbiome home test kits are the wild west of gut health

ByKatie MacBride

Direct-to-consumer gut microbiome tests are increasingly popular, but experts argue they may do more harm than good.

The Future of Sleep

Can you become a morning person? Sleep scientists say it's possible

ByKatie MacBride

Night owls and early birds might always clash, but your circadian rhythm is absolutely trainable.

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Are food sensitivity tests accurate? Here's the truth from an immunologist

ByKatie MacBride

“These tests are all marketing and no science.”

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Can going outside with wet hair make you sick? A pediatrician reveals the cold truth

ByKatie MacBride

Your blow dryer may not prevent you from contracting a cold, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

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Indica vs. sativa: A cannabis expert explains whether these two products are actually different

ByKatie MacBride

There’s a long history behind the two frequently discussed plants.

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Is antiperspirant bad for you? Dermatologists debunk the persistent fear

ByKatie MacBride

Stories about the harms of antiperspirants have been around for decades. But is there any truth to them?

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Do you get stoned the first time you smoke weed? A doctor debunks a persistent cannabis myth

ByKatie MacBride

A doctor explains the reality behind a persistent myth.