Detoxification, also referred to as detox, is the removal of toxic substances (toxins) from your body. It usually involves following a specific diet or using a specific medical product to rid your body of toxins. The detoxification can be:
Toxins are substances that can potentially harm your body tissues. They can be:
As you breathe and live life, you are exposed to toxins consistently and accumulate them in your body. Some of these toxins accumulate as a result of your diet, others due to the environment around you and the rest because of your lifestyle (smoking and alcohol or drug addiction).
Your body has its own filtering and regenerative systems; however, these systems can be overwhelmed by high levels of toxins to the point that they cannot function as they should. Moreover, continuing to allow toxic build-up is a recipe for disaster as the situation can put you at risk of illness, diseases and other dangerous health issues.
Although your body has a means of processing and eliminating these toxins on its own, detoxification can help your body accelerate that process towards a healthy and better you.
A cumulative load of toxins in your body may lead to certain symptoms which indicate you need to undergo detoxification. Listed below are the most common signs indicating toxic buildup in your body, although there can be other symptoms as well.
Short-term dietary intervention, popularly known as a ‘detox diet’, is the most common method of detoxification.
A detox diet ranges from strict fasting to whole foods and/or lifestyle modifications. It typically involves at least one or some of the following:
The detox diet may vary in intensity and duration depending on the needs and condition of your body.
The side effects of a detox diet depend on the plan and how long you are on it. Some of the common issues include but are not limited to:
Staying on your detox diet for a longer time than recommended can result in nutrient deficiencies and low body weight. Therefore, it is advisable to check with your health professional and follow the prescribed detox diet regime for best results.
Medical detoxification is another method usually adopted for substance abuse or addiction. This method is used to treat alcohol, cigarette and other drug addictions. It involves the use of medicines and other therapies separately or in combination, and is usually performed in hospitals, clinics or rehab centers. This method helps you rid your body of dangerous, often life-threatening, levels of alcohol, drugs, or poisons.
Detoxification is not suitable for pregnant women and those who are malnourished or suffering from blood sugar issues.
Detoxification improves many facets of your health including your energy, immune system and outlook. Moreover, it is a way to recharge, rejuvenate and renew your body for a more active and healthier life.