Detoxification - Everything You Need To Know About It
Detoxification is a popular topic these days, and for good reason, as we are constantly exposed to environmental toxins that have a negative influence on our health. However, detoxification is something that must be done properly and with care, or else we run the risk of actually harming our health instead of improving it.
What is Detoxification?
Simply put, Detoxification, or detox, refers to the process of removing toxins from the body. Toxins may enter the body from a number of sources—including the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the personal care products we use, the utensils we cook and eat with, and so on. When toxins accumulate in the body, it creates what is known as a toxic load.
Toxic load refers to the accumulation of toxins and chemicals in our bodies that we ingest from a variety of sources. Each person has a different toxic load based on the amount of toxins accumulated in their body. The goal of detoxification is to eliminate toxins from the body and to reduce our toxic load, improving our health in the process.
Detoxification and Liver
Detoxification is mainly carried out by the liver, as everything that we consume is first filtered through the liver. The liver performs over 500 tasks, with the neutralization and detoxification of toxic substances being one of its primary roles. Unfortunately, the liver may become overwhelmed if our toxic load is too high. This can lead to improper liver function, which can result in a number of negative health effects such as high blood pressure/high cholesterol, low energy, poor metabolism, and excess weight gain among other ailments.
For this reason, one of the greatest ways to support the body’s detoxification is to focus on detoxifying and restoring the health of the liver. This can be done with certain dietary and lifestyle factors, as well as through utilizing herbal remedies for liver detoxification such as our Liver Detox tonic.
The most important factor for any form of detoxification is to avoid toxic substances in the first place. It is not possible to truly detox if we keep “re-toxing,” so do your best to educate yourself on what you consume, and avoid substances that are filled with toxic chemicals and preservatives or grown with pesticides and genetically modified ingredients.
The body has a natural tendency toward healing and repairing itself when it is no longer affected by harmful toxins and is given the proper nutrients to heal. For this reason, it is important that you nourish your body with the proper nutrients during or after a detox depending on the type of detox that you do.
There are many different types of detoxification cleanses and protocols—liver detoxes, parasite detoxes, heavy metal detoxes, water fasts, juice cleanses, smoothie protocols, kitchari cleanses and so on—each with different goals and results, and each with different levels of safety and effectiveness.
We recommend gentle and proven methods of detoxification that do not put too much stress on the body—especially if you are new to detoxification or have no nutritional/medical background. To learn more about how to safely and effectively detox, check out our articles on How to Liver Detox and How to Do a Parasite Detox.