Before you begin a detox program, it is useful to first understand what it’s all about, how to detox and why we do it. In this section, I will cover everything you need to know about body cleansing through detoxification.
What is Detoxification?
In the context of the human body, detoxification or detoxing is the process of eliminating poisonous or waste substances (toxins) from the body; or to neutralize their adverse effects.
An effective body detox removes waste, allowing the body to function better. This can lead to any number of improvements in health; an increase in energy levels; illness and disease can be healed.
What is a Toxin?
A toxin is any substance that causes harm when it gets into our body. There are toxic substances all around us and they can be classified into three groups depending on their origin:
- Internal toxins: the body is constantly working to keep us alive – digesting food, pumping blood, metabolizing, assimilating nutrients. Toxins are often an unwanted by-products of chemical reactions and bodily processes. In a perfectly healthy body, millions of cells die every day and also need to be removed to avoid clogging the system.
Such internally-generated toxins need to be removed by the body’s natural process of detoxification.
- External toxins: If we just had internal toxins to cope with, the body would most likely remain relatively illness free. However, we are constantly exposed to external toxins, such as: toxins from poor diet, fast-food and contaminated water; environmental pollutants such as smog; chemicals in skin cosmetics that get partially absorbed; medicines and dental procedures; heavy metals; chemicals found in household goods such as soaps and aerosols; radiation; and even insect bites.
- Toxic Lifestyle: poor lifestyle can stress the body, decrease the ability to detoxify, and cause a build up of toxins. Toxic behaviors include lack of sleep and rest, lack of exercise, stress, poor diet and even not drinking enough water (water is essential for removing toxins from the body)
Why do we need to detox?
As we have just seen, toxins are produced in the body, and also enter the body in many ways, such as poor diet, external contaminants, insect bites or contamination through the skin.
Although our body can detox naturally, excessive exposure to toxins through poor diet or lifestyle, can lead to toxins accumulating faster than it can eliminate them.
Eventually the body becomes overloaded with toxins, the natural detox mechanisms become sluggish, the immune system and other bodily processes become less effective. This can manifest in any number of symptoms from lethargy and skin rash through to chronic illness or death in extreme cases of prolonged intoxication.
We detox to help reduce the level of toxins in our body to a manageable level. This allows the body to function correctly, and helps to optimize bodily processes – an essential step towards living a disease-free, naturally healthy lifestyle.
Do I need to detox? The warning signs
Although anybody can benefit from a detox program, your body will start to send out warning signals when you really need to detox. If you show signs of any of the following symptoms, your body likely needs a detox:
- Skin (skin diseases): acne, eczema, dermatitis, hives, psoriasis
- Lungs (respiratory problems): asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis
- Colon: bad breath, body odor, constipation, diarrhea, excessive flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastritis, heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcer
- Liver: cirrhosis, jaundice, gall-bladder stones, hepatitis
- Kidneys: kidney stones, urinary tract disorders
- Lymphatic system: varicose veins, glandular fever, lymph nodes disease, Hodgkin’s disease, elephantiasis
Do you need to detox – find out with our detox checklist.
Symptoms resulting from toxin build-up
The toxin overload spills-over into the bloodstream causing a host of other blood and circulatory problems: allergies, auto-immune disorders, cholesterol, diabetes, headaches, migraines, low and high blood pressure, toxemia, fibroids, endometriosis, poor memory, insomnia, depression, irritability, chronic fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, the list goes on …
All the above “chronic diseases” are really just “symptoms” of toxic overload which cannot be eliminated properly or fast enough by the detoxification organs (kidneys, liver and lungs). The toxins continue to accumulate over time, eventually leading to cancer. Cancer is in the blood. This is why removing an organ because of cancer does not solve the problem. The answer is in detoxification.
Juice fasting/feasting is a form of detoxification, done for an extended time for deep cleansing. In this Detox Section, I will discuss other forms of detoxification that can work hand-in-hand with juicing.
If you have any of these chronic diseases mentioned above, the problem can be helped by administering proper detoxification measures, then rebuild the tissues with optimum nutrition through proper detox diet and juicing. It is really not difficult if you know how – and it is my goal on this website to show you how 🙂
How does detoxing work
A toxin-overloaded organ is like a stagnant pool of water that becomes a nuisance.
I liken a toxin-overloaded organ to a stagnant pool of water that soon begins to breed bacteria and mosquitoes, causing other live organisms like fish and frogs to die.
Rubbish starts to collect; stench and toxic fumes begin to be emitted, causing the surrounding area to stink. This is a very unhealthy environment and begins to affect people living in the neighborhood.
This is how it is with our toxin-overloaded organ. Our blood cannot flow properly, cells start to die, bacteria breed, and there is bad breath and bad body odor. These are signs of toxicity of blood. Inflammation and pain will follow, and most likely at this stage you may have already been experiencing some chronic disease(s). If neglected further … cancer.
A good detox program is like flushing out the system, clearing the organs of toxins, cleaning out the surrounding area and getting the blood and circulatory system to flow smoothly again.
After a proper detoxification program and sufficient intake of nutrition, the body and internal organs will recover and function as normal again, keeping disease at bay and prolong a life full of vitality.
The different types of detox
The body detoxes naturally, and most detox programs are designed to assist this natural cleansing process. You can do a general body detox, or target a specific organ, such as the liver or kidneys.
A useful starter detox is the colon cleanse using a herbal fiber supplement. Fiber makes a great cleanse because of its ability to expand within the colon, acting like a sponge, collecting and sweeping excess waste and toxins from the colon without disrupting daily life. With the colon clean, waste from future detoxing can freely pass out of the system.
Below are some more complex detox programs by organ.
Detoxification by Organ
Gastrointestinal Health and Detoxification
- Understanding your gastrointestinal tract and colon disease
- Why uou need to improve your gastrointestinal health to start getting better
- Factors that cause an intestinal flora imbalance and poor gut health
- Are you guilty of these poor eating habits?
- What your bowel movement tells you about your health
- Complete guide to doing a gastrointestinal cleanse to flush out old fecal encrustrations
- Colon irrigation (hydrotherapy) Vs gastrointestinal cleanse
Liver Health and Detoxification
Kidney Health and Detoxification
Lymphatic System Health and Detoxification
FAQ – Detoxing
Is detoxing healthy?
When performed correctly, detoxing is healthy. You are simply improving your body’s ability to function. However, before embarking on a detox, always consult your doctor.
Do people react differently to toxins?
The short answer is NO. There are many factors that can affect the susceptibility of our body’s response to toxins. We can control some of these factors, but some are beyond our control:
- Age: Young children and the elderly are more susceptible than healthy adults are.
- Health status: People with low immune defenses and with liver problem are particularly affected by toxins. Low immune system is caused by other factors that follow below.
- Gender: Women tend to respond more sensitively to toxins compared to men. Women have higher levels of hormones that are particularly sensitive to certain toxins.
- Genetic make-up: Due to our genetic make-up, some people may have less detox enzymes, causing them to be more susceptible.
- Enzymatic defects: Although rare, people with enzymatic defects may suffer more adverse effects from toxins than others.
- Lack of nutrition: In order to work the existing detox enzymes in the body, optimum nutrition is required to activate them. A body will be more susceptible if lacking in the necessary vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, etc.
- Contaminated food: Constant consumption of nutrient-deficient foods, and foods contaminated with additives, food flavorings, preservatives, chemicals, hormones, etc., make a body more susceptible.
- Drugs: Most prescription drugs are synthetic (man-made); they are inorganic and cannot be assimilated by our body. They get stored in our body and cannot be absorbed nor eliminated. This category includes anesthetic jabs administered during a surgery, and vaccinations. Alcohol consumption and smoking also contributes to the accumulation of drugs that will lead to a host of other health issues.
- Lack of exercise/sedentary lifestyle: Our skin is one of the biggest detoxification organ. Perspiration helps eliminate toxins through the skin. Without perspiration, our body has one less outlet for detoxifying. Regular exercise also helps the heart to pump the blood for good circulation.
- Nature of the toxins: External chemicals are man-made and are toxic for our body by nature. The degree of exposure to the toxins and the toxicity of the toxins determine how badly affected we get.
There is a long list of chronic diseases caused by toxin build up in our bodies. I suggest take this fact as a piece of GOOD NEWS because chronic disease can be cured and respond positively to correct detoxification and nutrition.
There is no drug in this world that can heal a chronic disease. Medication can only suppress symptoms, it cannot heal you.
Your body was made to self-heal. You need to give your body a chance to heal itself through correct detoxification and a healthy, nutritious diet.