Detox, Detoxification, General Health, Weight Loss, Wellness

Should You Do a Cleanse?

With so many cleansing diets and supplements out there, it is easy to wonder what all the fuss is about. Does the body really need cleansing, and if so, why?

What exactly does a detox cleanse do?

  • Cleansing generally refers to the digestive tract, but the ultimate intention of a cleanse is to bring health to the whole body.
  • The digestive organs are responsible for filtering toxins and other harmful substances out of the bloodstream. Giving these organs a rest helps them to heal and do their job more effectively.
  • By ceasing to take in chemicals or other toxins, the body has a chance to rid itself of them, and will do a better job of filtering once the cleanse is completed.
  • Which organs are involved in a detoxification, and why do they need it?
  • The primary organs involved in everyday body detoxification are the colon, liver, and kidneys.
  • In our modern age, these organs are faced with a daily onslaught of chemicals, from pesticides on food and clothing to industrial pollution and food additives (such as preservatives, colors, or artificial flavors).
  • Unfortunately, such foreign substances are often stored, usually in fatty tissue or in the liver, as the body does not know what to do with them. A continual replenishment of the toxins from our daily exposure means that these organs never get any “down” time.
  • Some health experts believe that the toxins build up in the system, causing a wide range of unpleasant but vague symptoms. Still others note the “mucoid plaque” build-up in the intestines, claiming its presence as a cause for all sorts of disease.

How does a detox diet or cleanse work?

  • A cleanse gives the body a chance to release these toxins. It frees up the colon, liver and kidneys to filter only pure water or water with lemon juice and some sort of sweetener. Cleanses usually result in some weight loss, so the toxins stored in the fatty tissue are flushed from the body.
  • Fasting is a component of all cleansing, whether it is targeted toward the kidneys, colon, or liver.
  • Are supplements used when doing a cleanse?
  • Sometimes, supplements are used to augment the cleanse. Psyllium husks and bentonite clay are popular detoxification supplements that act as bulk laxatives, and are said to bind to poisons in the body as they move along the digestive tract.
  • Some people take probiotics while undergoing a cleanse, in order to re-populate the colon with friendly, helpful bacteria that may be lacking due to toxic build-up, or previous use of antibiotics.

In summary, doing a cleanse can be one way to detoxify your body of accumulated toxins. Those who undergo cleanses claim they have renewed energy and focus, and feel healthier, so it may be something that you also want to do.