The basics of detoxification
Is a detox really necessary? The short answer is YES. The large variety of toxins we encounter every day complicate the body’s detoxification efforts, which in turn leave the body more vulnerable to illnesses, diseases and hormonal imbalances.
Toxins interfere with proper metabolism. They overburden our liver and kidney’s detoxification system, promote insulin resistance, activate the body’s stress response, interfere with thyroid function and increase inflammation – all of which leading to obesity.
Weight loss is made easier, and the effect longer lasting if your body has flush those toxins through these channels. Detoxification is very important!
Signs you need to detox
- Sluggish liver – intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods
- Digestive problems – constipation, nausea, piles & bloating
- Low energy
- Skin conditions eg. acne
- Aches & Pains
- Pre-Menstural Syndrome (PMS)
- High cholesterol
- Excessive food cravings for sugar, fat, salt and processed food
The largest and most important detoxification organ in our body. We consume lots of undesirable substances such as artificial preservatives, additives and colorings. These harmful toxins which are fat-soluble must be neutralized by liver, become water soluble and passed to kidney or bowel for excretion.
The colon is responsible for both carrying wastes out of the body and nourishing the body. Some nutrients are absorbed in the colon. So if your body is storing toxins and excess mucous they will be stuck to the intestinal walls of the colon, making it very hard for your body to absorb the required nutrients and eliminate the wastes traveling through the colon.
The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products and water soluble toxins from the blood and eliminating the waste products into urine. Water is vital to helping the kidneys do their job thus drinking adequate water during cleanse/detox is essential.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and the first line defense of the body. Its job is to control and regulate body temperature as well as excretes toxins via sweat glands.