Detox Your Body


In today's world, many people feel it's important to periodically detox your body. People often ask us how to detox and why it is so important. Toxins enter the body through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the very air we breathe. These toxins build up in our bodies, causing us to feel sluggish, to have digestive problems, to feel depressed, and to have other health problems. They can cause liver problems, because the liver is the organ responsible for filtering toxins from our blood stream. The liver can become overloaded with so many toxins entering our system.

Stress also causes toxins to build up in our system. When we are under stress, our body produces chemicals to prepare us for "fight or flight." Over a period of time, these chemicals can build up and become toxic. They also interfere with how the liver functions to detox your body.

We'll talk about how to detox in a moment. First let's talk about prevention.


We can't prevent all toxins from entering our bodies. After all, we have to breathe, and there is pollution in the air. However, we can prevent some toxins from entering our bodies.

Don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol. Avoid caffeine. Limit your intake of processed and fast foods. Limit your intake of sugar. Choose organic fruits and vegetables when you can. These things will all reduce the amount of toxins entering your body.

Minimize the use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal care products. Substitute natural alternatives instead. You can find natural alternatives at your local health food store.

Manage your stress. As explained earlier, stress causes toxins to build up in our system.

Now we'll talk about how to detox.


There are many ideas about the best way to detox. Some programs are very complicated and not realistic for most people. We have researched the various methods and put together a plan that is accessible to most people. This is not a one-time program, but a lifestyle change that will keep your body rid of toxins.

Here is a simple program for how to detox:

  1. Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water per day. This helps to flush toxins from your system.
  2. Eat plenty of fiber, such as brown rice and organic fresh fruits and vegetables. The fiber helps remove waste products from your body.
  3. Cleanse your liver by taking herbs such as dandelion, burdock, and milk thistle.
  4. Take vitamin C, at least 75 mg per day. This helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that helps protect against toxins.
  5. Do deep breathing exercises, allowing oxygen to circulate more fully through your body.
  6. Practice hydrotherapy. Take a very hot shower for five minutes, followed by a cold shower for 30 seconds. This flushes toxins from your system. Do this several times a week.
  7. Exercise hard enough to make you sweat. Toxins leave your body when you sweat, and the exercise will improve your circulation. You should exercise several times a week.
  8. Control stress in your life. Try meditation or yoga. These disciplines have the advantage of teaching you deep breathing exercises as well as reducing stress, and yoga will improve your circulation.

You'll notice that many of these steps involve improving circulation. Improved circulation helps the toxins move through the blood stream and out of the body.

Some people like to jump start the detoxification process by fasting for one to three days. You can fast by drinking nothing but water, or you can drink nothing but water and organic fruit and vegetable juices. Some people fast one day each week to help detoxify their bodies. You should consult your doctor before beginning a fast, especially if you have any health problems, to make sure it is safe for you.

There are a number of products on the market that aid in the detoxification process. These products generally contain herbs and vitamins designed to help detox your body. The right product can aid you in the detoxification process.

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When To See Your Doctor

Consult your doctor before beginning a detox program. This is especially important if you have any health problems or are on any medications. Ask your doctor the best way to detox your body.

Feel free to write to us if you have questions about how to detox.

Additional Reading: Follow these links to learn about a safe detox diet, and for easy to follow recipes for detox diet.  You can find a list of juicer detox recipes, as well as our pick for the best detox juice recipe. We also have a review of the lemon detox diet.  Be sure to take a look at our pages on the detox diet menu and the detox cleansing diet.  Read our evaluation of the elemis detox program, and see if the expensive price tag is money well spent.

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