Natural detox is understood as the process of eliminating concentration of toxic substances in one’s body with special diets and lifestyle.
Our body is constantly accumulating various toxins while performing its regular functions such as breathing, eating, drinking water etc. In modern world with its high levels of industrial production toxins can be divided into natural and human-made. So in our organisms we normally have toxins ending up there from polluted air and water, tobacco and even food we consume. Therefore human body is equipped with harmonic and effective system of natural detoxification. Those toxins are afterwards reproduced and split up into so-called metabolic waste which leaves a body then. Our own built-in detox system consists of liver, kidneys and colon.
Liver is the organ that accepts and recycles substances contained in what we breathe in and consume. Our entire body system depends on the liver to manage synthesis, regulation, secretion and storage of many vital nutrients. It is also the main internal organ responsible for splitting toxins up and their further education. However, certain liver conditions such as hepatitis A, B or C, intense alcohol consumption etc. may result in decrease of liver’s working capability causing slow down of the purification process and longer storage of toxic elements in one’s body.
Kidneys are the filter of toxic substances that get into our bloodstream with what we consume every day. They are the channel that captures toxins and makes their way out of one’s system with urine. In a healthy body their work is harmonic and normally doesn’t need any intervention.
Colon is the final station recycling substances that have entered one’s organism. It has well-balanced and stable bacterial environment assisting in completion of final stages of metabolism. Its natural way of working is an integral part of the entire detoxification system of our bodies.
Though these organs usually cope quite well with their natural purpose throughout our entire life, there are some beliefs that certain products and liquids may help them to perform their functions better. Some of the things that form certain diets and lifestyle practices are the following.
Some liquids may help to decrease the load on one’s body. Clean water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, pureed soups are quite good for this. Fruits and vegetables have great nutritional supply, including plenty of necessary antioxidants and nutrients. One may try using such fruits as apples, oranges, pears, peaches or pineapples. As for vegetables, spinach, carrot, zucchini, cucumber or celery are good for cleanse purposes. Also, it is important to not make the amount of certain liquid one consumes too big or overly concentrated, as it may, on the contrary, seriously harm one’s system.
Herbs have been used for food, added to drinks, for treating diseases for centuries. At some points they were basically the only means available to assist our bodies in their longer functioning. Today, some of those may still be used in easing certain conditions of our organisms. Peppermint, for example, has soothing effect and can help to defend an organism from toxic elements. Same effect has been shown by eucalyptus. Dandelion helps to keep required hydration level of the body and maintain bowel regularity. Black walnut supports natural defense system of an organism, deterring and battling unhealthy bacteria. Cilantro, which is quite a popular ingredient in cooking, assists in getting rid of metals wrongfully stored in our organs.
- Exercise and meditation.
Exercising is generally good for our bodies, excluding cases when people have serious physical conditions prohibiting any extra activities. Training helps us sweat and let out toxins through this. Meditation or any other kind of practices aimed at reducing overall amount of stress one is under is a great tool in establishing or maintaining balance in our system’s work.
However, there are a number of precautions that should be taken before involving oneself into any kind of natural detox practices. Here is what one should not do while trying natural detox.
- Do not overdose.
One of the trickiest challenges in doing many things is not to get too carried away with them. Consuming too big amounts of anything, including water, will disturb the balance in one’s own system, eliminate the number of necessary and useful bacteria that participate in recycling toxins and create dangerous, unfriendly environment lacking certain elements vital for our successful functioning. Therefore it is extremely important to always keep track on whether one’s attempts to detox do more good than harm to their body.
- Do not limit one’s ration with certain kinds of products.
While it is quite beneficial to take care of our body not consuming plenty of not-so-healthy food like chocolate, coffee, crisps etc., it can appear a double-edged weapon. Significant limitations in food or drinks result into growing amount of effort necessary to maintain certain diet and increased amount of stress that itself has harmful effect on our psychological and physical state.
- Do not reduce the overall amount of food and drinks.
Diets aimed at losing weight very often make their key point significant reduction of food we consume on everyday basis. Such practice immediately disrupts our metabolism and creates ground for numerous illnesses to thrive, including eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.
What is very important to know about natural detox is that there is no scientific evidence it is somehow particularly helpful in actual detox in addition to our built-in detox system.
As some doctors claim, they can often be even dangerous as they intervene with its already perfectly balanced work. And, of course, there is no way natural detox could assist in getting rid of highly toxic substances like alcohol of drugs. Their only actual effects are in easing overall load on a body and working as placebo that lifts one’s spirits as one undertakes certain self-care.