We hear the word detox a lot today, but most people still wonder what it is and how it works. Well today in this article I am going to explain the details so that you can feel confident and make a decision of a happier and healthier version of yourself!

What does it mean to detox?

Detoxification means to abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. These substances can be food, drinks, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, household cleaners and not limited to oxidative stress from emotional situations. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body.

How does detoxification work?

Basically, detoxification means cleansing the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. However, when these systems are compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered and the body is adversely affected. A detox program can help the body's natural cleansing process by: Resting the organs through fasting; Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body; Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin; Improving circulation of the blood; Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

How to know if you need to detox and the dangers of not detoxing?

We suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year. However, we caution against detoxing for nursing mothers, children and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you. Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, it's critical to detox.

Detoxing recommended for symptoms such as:

Unexplained fatigue

Sluggish elimination

Irritated skin

Allergies

Low-grade infection

Puffy eyes or bags under the eyes

Bloating

Menstrual problems

Mental confusion

The Dangers of Not Detoxing

Basically, there are eight ways toxins damage our bodies.

Toxins poison enzymes so they don’t work properly.

Our bodies are enzyme engines. Every physiological function depends on enzymes to manufacture molecules, produce energy, and create cell structures. Toxins damage enzymes and thus undermine countless bodily functions—inhibiting the production of hemoglobin in the blood, for example, or lowering the body’s capacity to prevent the free-radical damage that accelerates aging.

Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones.

People need to maintain healthy bone mass for lifelong mobility. When toxins displace the calcium present in bone, there is a twofold effect: weaker skeletal structures and increased toxins, released by bone loss, which circulate throughout the body.

Toxins damage the organs.

Toxins damage nearly all your organs and systems. My book, The Toxin Solution, focuses specifically on the detox organs. If your digestive tract, liver, and kidneys are so toxic they are unable to detox effectively, your detoxification will backfire and your body will remain toxic.

Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of aging and degeneration.

Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, improperly detoxified estrogens, and products containing benzene damage DNA.

Toxins modify gene expression.

Our genes switch off and on to adapt to changes in our bodies and the outer environment. But many toxins activate or suppress our genes in undesirable ways.

Toxins damage cell membranes so they don’t respond properly.

“Signaling” in the body happens in the cell membranes. Damage to these membranes prevents them from getting important messages—insulin not signaling the cells to absorb more sugar, for example, or muscle cells not responding to the message from magnesium to relax.

Toxins interfere with hormones and cause imbalances.

Toxins induce, inhibit, mimic, and block hormones. One example: Arsenic disrupts thyroid hormone receptors on the cells, so the cells don’t get the message from the thyroid hormones that cause them to rev up metabolism. The result is inexplicable fatigue.

Last but not least, toxins actually impair your ability to detoxify—and this is the worst problem of all.

When you are very toxic and desperately need to detoxify, it’s harder to do than when you are not toxic. In other words, just when you need your detox systems most (to address health issues), your hard-working detox system is most likely to be functioning below par. Why? Because the heavy toxic load you already carry has overwhelmed your detox capacity. That’s right. The more toxins you have burdening your body, the greater the damage to your body’s detoxification pathways.

That’s why restoring your detox organs—and with them your detox pathways—is such an important challenge (and why I devoted an entire book—The Toxic Solution—to the subject). The net result is that you then can readily release toxins from your body.

My Top 10 Ways to Detox

Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

Drink at least two quarts of water a day, made easy by bringing our 32 oz. Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle with you everywhere you go!

Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate waste through perspiration.

Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

What’s the most important way to detoxify? "Exercise of any kind. Yoga or jump-roping are good. Get physical one hour every day." Also, try Qigong, a martial arts based

exercise system, that includes exercises, specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.

Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, plus by drinking green tea. Take

vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.

Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times and then get into bed for 30 minutes.



We suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year. However, we caution against detoxing for nursing mothers, children and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you. Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, it's critical to detox.

We suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year. However, we caution against detoxing for nursing mothers, children and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you. Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, it's critical to detox.

We suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year. However, we caution against detoxing for nursing mothers, children and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you. Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, it's critical to detox.