How to Detox in the Correct Order for Efficient Toxin Elimination

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Like spring-cleaning your house, it is important to detox in the correct order to ensure you cover every room and every corner for a thorough job well done.

How To Detox: The Correct Order 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:

  1. Gastrointestinal detox / colon cleanse
  2. Liver / gallbladder detox
  3. Kidney detox
  4. Lungs detox
  5. 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.

Upper Intestines

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.

Lower Intestine (Colon)

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.

Go here for the complete guide to doing a liver cleanse. This article encompasses everything you need to do to heal your liver.

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.

The symptoms of kidney disease can be hard to spot, though they include nausea, darkened urine, low energy and mental fatigue.

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.

In addition, you can drink on a regular basis: kidney detox drink parsley juice, lemongrass and ginger tea and try this kidney-cleansing vegetable broth. Read also: what to juice and eat for a good kidney flush.

To break down kidney stones, you can try DIY castor oil packs or juicing watermelon rind juice

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 order: 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.

To gently detox your lungs try dandelion root. Include watercress juice in your daily juicing to expel mucus from the lungs. Here are 8 must-do strategies that are beneficial to detoxify the lungs.

To improve the overall health of your lungs drink carrot juice or oregano tea, and try putting any of these NASA approved plants in your room.

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.

One of the most important things you can do to drain your lymphatic fluids is to detoxify by doing the rebounding exercise.

Clay baths and saunas will also help stimulate and unblock the lymphatic system.

Additional Detox:

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.

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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.

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    1. Hi Jim, yes, that is correct. Option 2: Fiber Drink – you take these drinks with the supplements, and eat your healthy plant-based meals.

  2. Starting the colon cleanse today, and on one of your other pages it mentions that you can include a parasite cleanse on week 2. I was a bit confused because it mentions the parasite cleanse, but then also suggests I check out this page, and this page does not mention the parasite cleanse… Just wanted clarification, on if I should do a full round of the colon cleanse, then take the parasite stuff (if it is even effective that way). Thanks.

    1. Hi Amy, there is mention on parasite cleanse. However, please also refer to this page: You can start on the parasite cleanse using the recommended herbs, on the second week from starting the gastrointestinal cleanse. These stuff are powerful, yet gentle and works really well when done per the instructions given. All the best!

  3. I like you mentioned that “always detox in the correct order “. I read many article but find your article more superior. I really like the concept of detox in steps.

  4. Hi Sara – Stumbled on your website – and it’s everything that I live for. Thank you!!
    Couple of questions:
    1) I would like to start the gastro cleanse – include the parasite on week 2. I also found a colon cleanse mixture on your website (Flaxseed flour and kefir). Is this before or after the gastro cleanse?
    2) How many times do you suggest that someone does the gastro cleanse?
    3) Is it ok to drink milk thistle and dandelion root tea from the beginning? Or do you suggest that I just drink this once I get to my liver detox?
    Thank you again for everything you do for this community.

    1. Hi Izabella, answers to your questions:
      1) You can use either method and they’re both targeted for the gastrointestinal cleanse: pysllium husk OR flaxseed + kefir. I recommend going with the psyllium husk which works very well.
      2) You can do the gastrointestinal cleanse 2-3 times a year, depending on how clean you eat, or whenever you think you need it. Even after completing the cleanse, you could still continue taking the psyllium husk drink once a day just to have your daily fiber and to keep your gut clean.
      3) Yes, you can drink your milk thistle and dandelion root tea right from the beginning. There’s totally no harm in doing so and could be beneficial too.
      Let me know how else I can be of help! 🙂

  5. I would like to juice fast for a few. How many juices do you recommend a day, and which meals should be taken?

  6. Hi, I like most of the info here. But how is juicing good for the intestines? From everything I’ve read juice being packed full of sugars is what creates an imbalance in the gut. Candida, Blastocystis Hominis and other types of gut related issues feed on sugars. Plus you take out all the fibre from the fruit when juicing. Thanks

  7. Mary Hubbard

    I am writing a book about different aspects of my weight loss journey. I am writing you to request permission to include content from an article entitled “How to Detox in the Correct Order for Efficient Toxin Elimination”, which was written by S. Ding dated September 19, 2018.

    The link for this article is as follows:

    Thank you so very much,


  8. bea Rosas

    Hi Dear Sara, Ffirst of all I want to congratulate you for your hard work, your generosity in sharing all this information and your fabulous web page which I find incredibly helpful 🙂
    I want to start my journey in the juice fast… I am reading all about it trough your web page and trying to put together everything I need so I can be prepared mentally and all tools in hand so I won’t have an excuse 🙂
    you said that the best detox is doing it in the correct order…
    My question is:
    Am I doing this order at the same time ( I mean; doing all organs in my 20 day detox?
    one organ per day? week?
    how does this work?
    Can you please help me???
    thank you very much for everything

  9. Hi there, I really enjoyed your article about the order of detoxing. My one real question is where does the detoxing of heavy metals come into your list? From what I understand, you have to be very careful on what to do first concerning heavy metals and other parts of detoxing, isn’t that true? Thank you for your comments, in advance. Sandra 🎶😊🦋

  10. Michelle Chan

    Dear Sara, can you advise, while doing the gastro cleanse, do we consume any other food?

  11. Anthony Gregg

    Thank you so much for making this information available, finally know the sequence and can procede forward!

  12. Hi Sara, Thank you so much for your kind and generous article. Can you list the detox in order and the number of days we must follow the detox method [per organ] so that we follow the instructions perfectly well and get a complete new detoxed body. God Bless!

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