Body detox refers to conscious efforts, by a person, to aid the body remove
toxins. The skin, blood, lungs and kidneys among other organs in the body need
to remove toxins/ harmful substances taken in through food, air, water, drugs, etc.
While the practice has been in place since time immemorial, it has gained
much popularity in recent days for health and aesthetic reasons; as people
become more aware of healthy living.
Many social media platforms, nutritionists and medical practitioners advocate detox diets
and practices that people should follow.
However, not every detox plan is safe, and people should be cautious
against following just any plan. A change in the quantities and nutrients of
food ingested during detox, slows metabolism; making a person experience
dizziness, nausea, low energy and exhaustion among others symptoms.
Detox can be done on a short or long term basis.
Natural body detox
The body has its own natural detox mechanisms. This is carried out by the
kidneys, the liver and colon.
The colon produces healthy and unhealthy bacteria
that destroy harmful toxins before their absorption into the blood stream. To
maintain the colon in good shape, a person needs to eat well; eat fibers to ease
digestion and keeps the colon flowing. The kidneys filter blood regularly to
remove toxins while the liver does the same, filters blood before toxins get to
the blood stream.
To maintain both the liver and kidneys in good condition, one
needs to drink lots of water, eat food that do not overwork the liver and, most
importantly, minimize alcohol intake.
Planned body detox
This is aided detox, taken through conscious efforts. It can be done through
taking certain diets, exercises, refraining from excessive use of substances,
such as tobacco and alcohol, and taking ample rest among others.
While body detox can be carried out on simple diets, and without the strict orders of a
doctor or nutritionist, detoxification from substances/ drugs must never be
taken lightly, and should be done gradually under the supervision of detox
This enables gradual acclimatization of the body to the drug’s absence
as well as monitoring and treating withdrawal symptoms.
Short term body detox
Most people feel the need to do a simple body detox to rejuvenate their energy,
tone skin and get rid of substances they had taken (such as drugs) in plenty,
which they feel have not yet been flushed out of the body. A short term detox
program can be a one-of exercise carried out for a couple of days or a week.
Short term detox may take the form of
Fruit detox; a where a person
resolves to taking a combination of fruits or a single fruit, continuously, for
a week or so. Citrus fruits come highly recommended as they help the body cut
down on fat, in addition to flushing out toxins
Liquid detox; a person may also decide to detox by taking fresh juice, water and vegetable juice among
other liquids for a period of 2-3 days
Variety of vegetable and fruits;
they provide the needed nutrients during the fast/ detox
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Long term detox
For long term effects, some people adopt practices and diets that ensure
continued detox throughout their lives.
- Drinking lots of water to help kidneys flush out urea nitrogen, body’s main toxins.
- Lemon and other citrus fruits may be added to the water to ease toxins flush out and also for flavoring
- Minimizing alcohol intake; alcohol overworks the liver
- Eating organic versus conventional foods and meats
- Minimizing intake of processed and added sugars, and taking only natural sugars
- found in honey or fruits
- Meditating to get rid of negative emotions and focusing the energy on important things
- Moderating detox diets and exercises so as not to stress the body and mind
- Avoiding breathing polluted air such assaturated smoke, asbestos, tobacco and carbon monoxide
- Taking ample rest during the process
Body detox, as the process that flushes out toxins from the body, rejuvenates a
person physically, mentally and even spiritually. Different people take
different approaches to body detoxification (not to be confused with
detoxification when withdrawing from substance addiction) with or without the
assistance of a doctor. Most detox processes are safe, but a consultation with a
physician might be necessary to establish a person’s health status, hence what
he/she can safely engage. All in all, fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, sleep,
exercise and meditation comprise common detoxification practices. Caution should
be taken for a person to moderate fasting; a person should ensure the boy gets
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