Cleanse or Detox...?

First, Let's start with the basics, what are toxins anyway?

When people talk about cleansing or detoxing, they're talking about ridding the body of dangerous “toxins”, but usually in a very non-specific way: Toxins are all around us! Your body is filled with toxins that need to be flushed out!

You may be asking yourself, what exactly are these toxins?

Toxins are potentially harmful substances we come into contact with every day — pesticides on your produce, pollutants in the air, unpronounceable ingredients in processed food, or heavy metals like mercury and arsenic in the soil, to name just a few.

You’ve probably also heard that foods like gluten, dairy, and refined sugar are “toxic” — but unless you have an allergy or intolerance, you likely don't have to worry too much about it. 

While anything can be toxic if you consume too much of it, the occasional handful of cookies won’t turn you into a biohazard. That said, if you’re eating a ton of sugar, you might want to consider cutting back. 

We are constantly bombarded these days by toxins in the air, in food, in our cleaning products, everywhere — and those toxins can add up. It has become necessary to cleanse or detox regularly, for optimal health and wellness. 

Truth: Your Body Detoxifies Itself

Assuming you don’t fall face first into a radioactive swamp, your body is equipped to deal with most toxins. When you inhale, ingest, or absorb toxins, your liver and kidneys work to flush many of them out — and they’ve been doing this long before cleanses and detoxes came about.

But if you’re constantly hammering yourself with environmental toxins and skimping on nutrients and proper hydration, your body’s natural detoxification system can be inhibited.

“Your body wants to get rid of the unhealthy stuff, but if you keep eating more junk, you’re not going to be able to get the other junk out,” says Denis Faye, M.S. and Beachbody’s executive director of nutrition. “It’s like clogging a drain.”

It puts your liver and kidneys under a lot of pressure — and that’s where cleansing comes in. We can't always keep up in the way required by our bodies to maintain natural healing, detoxing, and optimal health. 

Few things you can do...

Focus on eating healthy foods that are known to naturally flush out toxins and replenish your system, and make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Here are a few ideas. 

  • Beetroot
  • Onion and Garlic
  • Greens
  • Lemon Water
  • Seeds and Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Dandelion or Green Tea
  • Ginger
  • Fruit

I'd also recommend contacting us for more detailed information about how to best and safely cleanse & detox your body. There are best practices. Our 10 Challenge is worth the investigation! Feel free to reach out to us to find out more.