Have you ever wondered if you need to detox? The answer is no, because your body is naturally detoxing daily. That’s what our kidneys and liver are for. We are constantly exposed to toxins and there are ways to support your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself but you don’t need to do a 24 hour juice cleanse or get a colonic to detox. The truth about the multi-billion dollar detox industry is, that its not worth it.
Lets start with some anatomy and physiology. When we eat food it goes into our stomach to broken down into a slurry which passes through our small intestine. Here is where nutrients and any potential toxins, like pesticides, are absorbed and passed into our blood stream. Our blood then circulates through our body and is filtered in our kidneys and liver.
Our kidneys and livers are fantastic at being able to tell the difference between minerals we need and toxins we don’t need. However if you have a nutrient deficient diet, it is possible for your body to substitute certain compounds like lead for iron and calcium. If you want to “detox” your kidneys stay well hydrated and eat nutrient rich foods.
The liver also filters out alcohol by breaking it down into acetaldehyde, which damages the liver and is quickly converted into carbon dioxide and water. Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can lead to a build up of acetaldehyde, which can lead to liver damage. The best way to “detox” your liver is to drink in moderation.
If you want to detox your body eat lots of vegetables and drink lots of water.