Our bodies are always under attack from harmful chemicals and compounds. There are pollutants in the air, pesticides and preservatives in our food, chemicals and heavy metals in our drinking water, and a slew of other things that may accumulate in our cells and wreak havoc on our health. Our bodies are excellent at taking care of itself, but there’s no harm in helping it along. But how? Is there a safe way of getting these harmful toxins out of our system?
“A 2011 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine assessed the use of clinical detoxification therapies by licensed naturopathic doctors in the United States. One hundred ninety-six naturopathic doctors completed a survey about the use of clinical detoxification therapies; 92 percent of respondents reported using detox therapies and over 75 percent utilised detoxification to treat patients for environmental exposures, general cleaning and preventive medicine, gastrointestinal disorders and autoimmune diseases.”
While consulting your doctor is always a good idea, you can also do a detox at home. Detox drinks can be made with simple concoctions that don’t require fancy hard to find (or hard to pronounce) ingredients. Most ingredients of an effective detox can be found at home or at your local farmers market or grocery.
What are the benefits of doing a detox?
When toxins accumulate in our body, our organs need to work double time just to do its primary function. A detox can help things along by cleansing our bodies of illness causing substances. Some detoxes that are specifically designed to support the lymphatic system in its functions, which is great because the lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Its primary function is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
Detoxing clears your system of substances that can weigh you down and cause sluggishness or energy crashes like sugar and caffeine. You should feel lighter and more refreshed after a detox.
Healthy internal organs
The health of your internal organs are very important for overall health. A healthy liver, kidneys, and stomach can translate to improved functions in other organs. Once these internal organs are free of toxins, they do a better job of cleansing and helping our bodies absorb more nutrients.
Healthy insides translate to healthy outsides If our internal organs are toxin free and healthy, our outward appearance reflects that. We get clearer skin, shinier hair, and less signs of ageing like saggy skin, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.
Improved mental performance
A detox reduces the risk of mood swings, lessens fatigue and brain fog, and improves cognitive function.