A Fascinating Look at What "Detox" Means Around the World

Amanda Montell
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Over the past few years, the word "detox" has come to be associated with juice cleanses, meditation retreats, and elimination diets—at least in the United States. After a few weeks of too much sugar and booze, modern Americans like to flip to the other extreme, replacing the contents of their refrigerators with charcoal water and kale (temporarily, anyway).

Recently, though, we've been experiencing some detox fatigue. After all, certified nutritionists don't actually approve of liquid diets, and sitting perfectly still on top of a mountain for three days just isn't realistic for most people. We figured it was high time we reevaluate what the word detox really means. And what better way to do so than to look to different cultures around the world?

To find out what detox means across the globe, we got in touch with women from Nigeria, Mexico, Poland, and beyond, and had them tell us their secrets. Keep scrolling to learn the fascinating detox rituals of seven different countries!

What does detoxing mean to you? Tell us in the comments below!

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