Detoxification is the medical or physical removal of poisonous substances from the body, including your own body, and is mainly done by the liver. Because most toxins accumulate in the liver, they eventually come to the point where the liver can’t eliminate them any more, and an over-productive free-for-all is started. The body becomes a toxic environment in which toxic chemicals and other poisons have the opportunity to proliferate into other parts of the body and poison you at any given time. In fact, a lot of people are actually suffering from toxic poisons all around themselves, right now. So, it’s hard to figure out exactly what detoxification is. Nevertheless, we’ll talk about some of the most common toxic chemicals that you are exposed to on a regular basis.
Chemicals like caffeine, nicotine, and red wine, among others, can all encourage detoxification, because each one of these chemicals has the potential to create free radicals if it is consumed in excess. Free radicals literally “eat away” healthy cells, leading to all kinds of health problems. So, eating a diet rich in antioxidants (which are compounds that help neutralize free radicals) can be part of a detoxification program. Some foods with high antioxidant content are blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, green tea, and other fresh vegetables and fruits.
Probiotics also play a role in detoxification, because prebiotics (a type of bacteria) actually help to build up your immunity. The more prebiotics you have in your diet, the better. Prebiotics are also commonly found in yogurt products. And another thing that you should drink, and include in your diet, is pure water. Most of your body’s detoxification comes from water, so drinking lots of water can help flush out your system.
Another part of a good detoxification program is making sure that you avoid foods that will trigger your body to produce toxins. One of these is heavy metals. Heavy metals like mercury and lead are found in many common foods. These metallic ions are toxic, so you want to avoid them as much as possible. A good detoxification plan will focus on this and include plenty of organic foods, whole grains, and limiting your consumption of meats and dairy products.
There are some other natural detoxification methods as well. For example, you may consider fasting. This involves abstaining from solid foods for a period of time, usually one day. Many people find that doing detoxification diets like this for four days is very helpful. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to rid your body of toxins that are trapped in your organs and stored in tissue.
However, detox diets should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise. It is difficult to eliminate toxins completely if you aren’t eating right. Detoxification can help, but it is not a miracle cure for your ailments. For best results, detox diets should be combined with a healthy lifestyle and lots of fluid.