How does Detox work?

How does Detox work?

Basically, detoxification means cleaning 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, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:

  1. Resting the organs through fasting;
  2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
  3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
  4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
  5. Refuelling the body with healthy nutrients.


How do you know if you need to detoxify?

Everyone should detox at least once a year. Although nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis should avoid it. Consult your doctor if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Detoxing for the following recommended symptoms,  such as:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Sluggish elimination
  • Irritated skin
  • Allergies
  • Low-grade infections
  • Puffy eye or bags under the eyes
  • Bloating
  • Menstrual problems
  • Mental confusion


How do you start a detox?

First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives.

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. Yoga, Qigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily with these diet, supplements and lifestyle practices:

  1. Eat plenty of fibre, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
  2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
  3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
  4. Drink at least two quarts of water a day.
  5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
  6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
  7. 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.
  8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.
  9. 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.
  10. Exercise. 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.



As you can see, cleansing can be done in so many different ways. You want to try different methods and then see which ones work best for you. It’s also important to recognize regular cleansing as part of a truly healthy lifestyle. You can’t be your very best with all of the other elements until you learn to make cleansing happen on a routine and frequent basis.

It’s normal that toxins tend to build up in the body over time, but you can most certainly lessen the effects of this with the methods named within here. Though you may not think of some of these as unusual or extreme measures, their effects and related benefits can be far reaching. Try to begin the cleansing process a little bit at a time as extreme measures never work in the best possible way.

Learning to really listen to your body, take inventory of what’s working and what’s not, get rid of the bad habits, and instil the good ones are all ways to naturally and effectively cleanse. Some of these you may already be doing and simply need to take up a notch. Some of these may be new to you, but you will learn how truly effective they can be.

It’s a choice and a transition to take on a truly healthy lifestyle, but it’s one that you will be glad that you made. It’s imperative to take care of yourself in this way, and a cleansing program or daily habits are the vehicle to get you there. Making these sound health choices are a great way to naturally and effectively cleanse the body, but also help you to get to the best health possible.

Try not to look at these methods and ideas as a chore, but rather a way to take care of yourself. We tend to look at cleansing as an extreme measure, when they shouldn’t be. Just as we would exercise or eat the right foods, natural cleansing is yet another way that we take care of our bodies. As you can see, some of the methods can actually be enjoyable and can also contribute to better mental health as well as physical.

Figure out what works best for you and then try out new methods for naturally cleansing a little bit at a time. Learning to truly take care of yourself in this way is a great step towards better health. You will notice that the symptoms that may plague you on a daily basis tend to go away almost instantly, and the end result is a better version of yourself.