Like spring-cleaning your house, it is important to detox in the correct sequence to ensure you cover every room and every corner for a thorough job well done.
How To Detox: The Correct Sequence To Cleanse Your Entire Body
Many people I talk to seem to think that detoxification means drinking some off-the-shelf fiber drink or detox product from a health-store. While these products may help a little, they are just scratching the surface of what it means to do a thorough detox.
For best results, always detox in the correct order.
Detoxing your body step-by-step in the following order will lead to a more efficient and thorough cleanse, produce better results and avoid unwanted side-effects:
- Gastrointestinal detox / colon cleanse
- Liver / gallbladder detox
- Kidney detox
- Lungs detox
- Lymphatic system and skin detox – concurrently
1. How To Detox The Gastrointestinal Tract
First clean out the gastrointestinal tract—which begins from your mouth, to the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon and to the bowels.
Due to years of poor eating habits and a diet lacking in fiber, the intestine walls can clog up with undigested food and waste material. Undigested food rot and formed encrustations on the intestine wall and absorption from the intestines become inefficient.
If this goes untreated, more serious health problems can follow as the intestinal functions are compromised. Incidentally, the odor from these rotting encrustations is one of the causes of bad breath. SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is also a common problem, and needs to be addressed before infestation gets out of control.
For this reason always START a detox program with a gastrointestinal cleanse. Unclogging the intestines before you start, will improve absorption of nutrients as you work on the other detox organs, and allow the body to more easily expel toxins through the bowels.
The lower intestine, or colon is where feces collect before elimination. A lack of fiber in your diet means that they cannot be excreted at will, they compact in the colon and become even harder to eliminate. As fecal matter rots, bacteria and parasites multiply, producing toxic fumes. This is the beginning of a long list of health problems, that may end in cancer of the colon.
A regular gastrointestinal cleanse will help maintain a clean internal sewage piping system and greatly improve the health of your intestinal tract over time.
Drinking fresh juices and regular juice fasting will also help detoxify the colon, as the juices work like a natural broom, sweeping out the gastrointestinal tract of old fecal matter.
In cases of extreme constipation, a series of colon hydrotherapy is helpful (even necessary) to dislodge hardened fecal matter in the colon.
Find out more:
- Gastrointestinal health
- Factors that cause an intestinal flora imbalance and poor health in the gut
- How to do a parasite cleanse—start on the second week from the start of gastrointestinal cleanse
2. How To Detox The Liver And Gallbladder
A correct gastrointestinal cleanse in step 1 will have helped to reduce blood contamination, lightening the burden on your liver. With a cleaner gastrointestinal tract, toxin elimination from the liver detox will also be easier. This is important as inability to eliminate toxins through the bowel can cause toxins to be reabsorbed into the system.
One of the liver’s main functions is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract, detoxify chemicals and metabolize drugs in the blood. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. Symptoms of an impaired liver include yellow skin, liver spots and dark urine. Stones can form in both the gallbladder and the liver, inhibiting the flow of bile.
Many health problems begin when the liver is not functioning properly and people with chronic disease usually have a poor-functioning liver.
Cleansing the liver allows the blood to flow properly again. This alone can help reverse many health problems.
Here are my favorite liver and gallbladder detoxes:
- This liver and gallbladder cleanse is one of the best things you can do for your health to reverse diseases and may even defy conventional treatment!
- How to use bitter foods to detoxify the liver
- How to use beetroot juice to detoxify your liver and breakdown gallbladder stones
- DIY castor oil pack for liver detox
3. How To Detox The Kidneys
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist, located just below the rib cage on either side of the spine. They are responsible for keeping the composition of the blood stable. This includes preventing the buildup of toxins; maintaining the correct balance of electrolytes; as well as producing the hormones that create red blood cells and regulate blood pressure.
For an effective kidney detox, start with the gastrointestinal and liver cleanses above. Switch to mostly plant-based diet to give the kidneys a break: meat contains large quantities of purines that cannot be broken down properly by the kidneys, forming uric acid that causes gout and kidney stones. If you do this, the kidneys will actually start to clean themselves up, making your kidney detox extra effective.
Of course it is always better to prevent formation of kidney stones in the first place—here are 11 things you can do to prevent kidney stone formation.
4. How To Detox The Lungs
Mild lung infection in a generally healthy person can easily be helped with a change of diet and taking supplements to clear it up. However lungs damaged due to years of smoking or inhaling pollution will need to go through the detox sequence: gastrointestinal, liver, kidney and then a lung cleanse.
Can you reverse blackened, damaged lungs due to smoking?
Possible, but it takes time and determination. If you’ve been smoking for 20 years, don’t expect to heal with a few months of detoxification. There needs to be a change of lifestyle that includes quitting smoking and a change of diet. If your lung problems are caused by external factors, moving to a cleaner environment may be necessary.
Lung damage can be reversed because our body continually makes new cells when we feed our body with the right nutrition.
5. How To Detox The Lymphatic System And Skin
The lymphatic system is our internal drainage system of tiny vessels with one-way (upward) valves.
Like the colon, poor diet and lifestyle cause the lymphatic system to accumulate toxins that have no way of being eliminated without a little help. With improper drainage, the system stagnates causing obstruction and inflammation of the lymph nodes.
Many cases of back pain are actually caused by inflamed or swollen lymph sacks (a.k.a. cysterna chyli) located at the end of the lumbar vertebrae. If waste is not being completely eliminated, it accumulates over the years and the lymph sack become congested, causing middle to lower back pain and even abdominal swelling.
The nice thing about lymphatic system and skin detoxes is that they can be done relatively easily.
Light exercise and drinking plenty of water will both detox the skin.
Read more about how to drain your lymphatic fluids.
This 4-blend herbal tea, the Essiac tea, is one of the best detox drinks you can add to your list of things to do, to significantly improve your immune system.
If you have hormonal or menstruation problems, I also recommend you add this to your detox program. It can be taken after you’ve done at least two weeks of gastrointestinal cleanse. (See #1 above). You may drink this tea per the recommended dosage until your test results return to normal.
You should now have a good understanding of how to detox and where to start! Your body will thank you in years to come when you start incorporating these detox techniques and preventative measures into your lifestyle today.
If you find all these too confusing, contact Sara for her personal one-on-one health coaching. She will devise a personalized detox program that will target your specific health issues for speedy recovery.