Vol 5 | Issue 4 | Detox - Good Housekeeping



5 Reasons Why You Need To Detoxify Your Body


With the process of everyday life, the body undergoes a lot of wear and tear both inside and outside. So it is important to ensure that the body is well taken care of in order to compensate for this demand.


1.       Promote Health - Just like a car engine which needs to be serviced and have its oil removed and changed, the body also has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well being.


2.       Food - During the course of our lives we ingest a variety of foods, some of which are healthy and some of which are not so healthy. The fact is that not all this food is successfully absorbed by the body as nutrients and not all of it is discharged out of the body as waste products, there are always remnants and these remnants become toxins that are left in the bowel and colon of the body. Over a long period of time, this can have some adverse effects on the body if these toxins are not removed.


3.       Lifestyle - Detoxifying the body becomes even more important if you indulge in things such as cigarettes, junk food, coffee and alcoholic beverages. These things make it even more difficult for the natural detoxifying mechanism of the body to work and it makes it even more important for you to take steps to rid yourself of the toxins that are being accumulated in your body.


4.       pH Balance - A lot of the foods most people eat on a daily basis have a very high acidic content. This can have a negative effect on the body if this acidity is allowed to accumulate in the body without being removed at some point. It is necessary for the body's alkaline PH balance to be restored in order to aid the renewal and repair of cells and to promote general well being and a short detox program can do this for you. It is not only important to detoxify the body, it is necessary to do so as regularly as possible in order to maximize the benefits that are obtained from doing so.


5.       Whole Body Approach - Purifying and keeping your body clean through detoxification is the best way to avoid colon diseases, as well as maintaining a healthy bloodstream and heart. The important thing to remember about toxins is the fact that they are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to other parts of the body and can lead to a variety of health issues because the body's immunity against disease is weakened by the presence of toxins and waste. So, a detox program is highly essential in order to aid the body's ability to fight off disease.


What is Detoxification?

Simply put, it is the safe and gentle removal or elimination of toxic substances or waste matter from the body.


What are the two Types of Toxins?

“Toxins” is a general term for any type of built up waste – the gunk that is left over after your body has broken down food, drink, alcohol, smoke and thousands of other substances our body’s consume and comes in contact with daily. Toxins can be divided into two categories - Internal or endogenous, and external or exogenous toxins.


What are internal toxins?

Internal toxins are the wastes that are created inside of the body during the course of normal daily functions. These toxins are the bi-products of these functions and occur during biochemical, metabolic and cellular processes; and they require elimination. A common and well known example is free radicals. Our thoughts, emotions and stress can also create biochemical toxins in our body.


Internal toxins are part of our body’s normal processes; others are only produced when we are sick.  

Internal toxins include:

·         Organisms living inside our bodies- bacteria, worms, fungi, parasites, yeast, etc.

·         Disease- many disease organisms produce waste material in the body’s tissues, which can produce of prolong disease.

·         Normal digestion and food breakdown – the body will produces toxins in the course of normal digestion and will produce more toxins when low nutrient foods are consumed.

·         Negative thought patterns and stress –can cause chemical changes in the body, increase the body’s storage of toxins, and increase the damage that toxins cause.


What are external toxins?

External toxins are any toxic substances that come directly from outside our body. Common examples include substances like pesticides found in our food sources, pollution in the air and water, medications, recreational drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. The body has to work hard to deal with all of these exogenous toxins.


External toxins are part of our everyday lives. They are the substances we eat, drink, breathe and have contact with our skin.  External toxins include:

·         Herbicides, pesticides and insecticides (often found in food)

·         Food additives such as preservatives and colorings

·         Polluted water

·         Air pollution and smog

·         Pharmaceutical medicines – taken orally or topically

·         Pollution, household/industrial chemicals (including makeup, shampoo, etc.)


The Most Common Signs that You Need to Detox

With an accumulation of wastes, functions in the body are slowed. When toxins cannot be eliminated efficiently, the body must store them in fat cells, joints, muscles, arteries, liver and other organs.

A build-up of toxins in your body may cause:

·         Allergy or intolerance to certain foods

·         Back pain

·         Bad breath (halitosis)

·         Breast soreness

·         Brittle hair and nails

·         Foul-smelling gas (belching and flatulence)

·         Constipation

·         Diarrhea

·         Fatigue

·         Frequent chest and nasal congestion (colds, flu, viruses)

·         Indigestion

·         Intolerance to fatty foods

·         Low energy or loss of vitality for no apparent reason

·         Migratory aches and pains

·         Sluggish or irregular bowel movements

·         Swelling of legs

·         Vaginal infections

·         Skin problems-rashes, boils, pimples, acne


5 Benefits of Detoxing

·         Improved energy

·         Improved digestion

·         Regular bowel movements

·         Increased memory and clarity

·         Clearer skin


Besides the fact that detoxifying your body can help you avoid health problems, there are also a variety of benefits detoxing can have on your body. It has been advocated by medical specialists that detoxifying your body will improve your levels of physical fitness and promote youthfulness. Participating in a regular detox program will also improve the appearance of your skin and give you more energy and vitality. Detox is a useful tool in losing weight because fat stores toxins, therefore when losing weight (fat) the body is exposed to more toxins. This can inhibit weight loss, so detoxing can help improve the body’s ability to shed weight while also making you feel better inside and out.


What is the Largest Organ of Elimination? (Clue: it’s not the colon)

A common misconception of detoxing is that the colon is the most important organ to “cleanse” and the only one that matters. Did you know that your skin is actually your largest organ of elimination? Your skin is an indicator of your health and level of toxicity and can reflect our diet and lifestyle choices: it's the mirror to internal health. Clear, radiant skin can be a sign of healthiness and a toxin-free body. Blemished, sallow skin, on the other hand, can signify harmful toxins being ingested or not properly detoxed (eliminated) from the body. You may also experience hives, eczema, very dry or oily skin, dark eye circles, puffy eyes or rashes if your dermal system is not working properly.


5 Main Detoxification Systems in the Body

1.       Respiratory - lungs, throat, sinuses, nose

If you frequently cough or wheeze or experience shallow breathing and nasal congestion, your respiratory system may have high toxin levels.

2.       Gastrointestinal - liver, gallbladder, gut

Signs of a toxic digestive system can include indigestion, heartburn, bad breath, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, protruding abdomen.

3.       Urinary - kidneys, bladder, urethra

Kidney stones, fluid-retention and dark-colored urine mean a highly toxic urinary system.

4.       Skin - sweat and sebaceous glands, tears

You may also experience hives, eczema, very dry or oily skin, dark eye circles, puffy eyes or rashes if your dermal system is not working properly.

5.       Lymphatic - lymph channels, lymph nodes

You can suffer from sore or swollen lymph nodes if your lymphatic system is not working well.


All of these systems must be functioning optimally to be able to clear the body of unwanted and harmful substances and eliminate toxins and wastes. When toxins cannot be eliminated efficiently, the body will also store them in fat cells, joints, muscles, arteries, liver and other organs.


The Important Role the Liver Plays in Detoxing

All the blood in the body will eventually pass through the liver. This is important because the liver needs to filter the blood and pull out the toxins, and remove them from the body. Some of these toxins are drugs, like antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medications, and other toxins are things that the body no longer needs, like damaged cells, proteins and old hormones. The liver prepares all these toxins to be removed from the body. However, when the liver is damaged, these toxins can't be removed and they start to accumulate creating problems.


Common symptoms due to poor liver function are:

·         Poor digestion, abdominal bloating, nausea especially after fatty foods, weight gain around the abdomen and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome, associated with abdominal swelling and flatulence, is often due to a sluggish liver. If you wake up in the morning with bad breath and/or a coated tongue, your liver definitely needs help.

·         Unpleasant mood changes, depression, `foggy brain' and impaired concentration and memory. If the liver is sluggish, excessive amounts of toxic metabolites find their way into the blood stream and can affect the function of the brain.

·         Allergic conditions such as hay fever, hives, skin rashes and asthma.

·         Headaches. Unfortunately, pain killers can cause further stress on the liver as the liver is the organ that breaks down all drugs.

·         High blood pressure and/or fluid retention.


Don’t Neglect This Powerful System When Detoxing (What is it?)

Most cleanses focus on the colon and liver. However, another system in the body which has many repercussions if not addressed, especially to your immune system, is the lymph system. Sinusitis, allergies, swollen nodes, overweight, cellulite and frequent infections are just some of the signs that a lymph detox would be of benefit to you. 


A network of tubes and organs, the lymph system takes waste products away from the cells and also carries nutrients to them. It acts as a transport and filter system and includes the lymph nodes, the bone marrow, tonsils, appendix, spleen, thymus gland. It produces the cells of your immune system which circulate around your body in the lymph fluid. Working as a filter, it removes bacteria, micro-organisms and dead cells. It has no pump like the heart and the circulation of the 6 - 10 liters of fluid within the lymph system depends on muscle movement and breathing. The lymph fluid can become thickened and clogged up with toxins if we don’t drink enough fluid or exercise to keep it moving. Our ability to overcome illness and boost our immune system can be optimized by doing a lymph detox and this system is often overlooked in favor of the colon and the liver, but is equally as important.


Whatever detoxification route you take, the main point to remember is that detoxifying the body is not something to be done occasionally, but something to be done on a regular basis. There is a lot to gain from detoxifying your body and absolutely nothing to lose. It is also easy and affordable to do so; making it an absolute must. 


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