Detoxes and cleanses have risen in popularity, but are they
necessary and safe? It’s important to understand that our bodies are designed
with their own detoxification system which runs 24/7 utilizing nutrients
provided by your diet.
Toxins are categorized into to 2 main categories: toxins produced
internally during metabolism and toxins to which we are externally exposed,
from foods, drinks, air, and even absorbed through the skin. Every individual
differs in their body’s ability to excrete toxins, what they are exposed to, and
Some detox diets recommend fasting, which can be potentially risky
for some people, and may actually suppress detoxification pathways in the body.
Others recommend practices that are not supported by current research.
You can support your body’s natural detoxification processes by
doing the following:
Increasing your intake of dietary fiber from whole grains, fruits,
vegetables, nut and seeds to support bowel regularity
Keep yourself adequately hydrated with water and green tea
Include lean protein, which is critical for optimum levels of
glutathione, an enzyme critical in detoxification
Take a daily multivitamin since certain vitamins and minerals
enable the body’s detoxification processes
Ensure you are eating adequate calories throughout the day to
support proper body functioning
Include probiotics, such as kefir or yogurt, to promote a healthy