When deciding which detox or cleanse to select from the store, it can be pretty hard to tell the difference. Cleansing is an attempt to purify the body by removing toxins, excess mucous, and waste from the body. Detoxifying the body signifies eliminating excess toxins from the body that the body is unable naturally to eliminate itself. Both aid the body’s natural ability to eliminate excess toxins which cause numerous allergies, discomforts, and ailments such as memory loss, depression, constipation, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.
One slight difference is that a cleanse can give your system a natural boost to flush or purge unwanted wastes typically in one area. This can be harsher on the system and accompanied by irritations. Most detox programs attempt to address more than one area and promote regularity of the elimination of waste.
It is suggested that everyone should undergo a body detoxification twice to four times a year. Why?
From morning to noon, through diet, air and water pollution, and even exposure to household cleaning products, these overwhelm our body’s natural defense system becoming toxic to our health.
Detoxification targets pesticides and herbicides. These poisonous chemicals are sprayed on our food to kill insects and bacteria and sometimes accidentally killing small animals. One way to lower intake of pesticides is to buy organic produce, meats, and dairy products. Herbicides like pesticides have a negative effect on the endocrine (hormone) system. During a weight loss, as fat breaks down, it releases stored pesticides which activates the thyroid hormone T3 and in turn reduces the metabolic rate possibly causing a pleateau in weight loss.
Detoxification is also good for ridding the body harmful food additives: food colorings, preservatives, synthetic antioxidants (like BHA and BHT which have been linked to cancer and found in most cereals and packaged goods), flavor enhancers (MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein), aspartame, and artificial flavors.
The springtime is a good time to detox from fatty foods. The most important organ in the detoxifying process is the liver which carries the main responsibility of detoxifying the body of harmful substances. The liver also produces bile which attaches fat-soluble toxins, and then travels through the gastrointestinal tract and then expelled.
For a liver detox use 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp honey or stevia and 8 oz of water several times a day. Bitter and sour foods: watercress, asparagus, spinach, turnips, scallions, leeks, lettuces, new potatoes, arugula, parley, peas, radishes, strawberries, rhubarb, and dandelion greens . Supplements with milk thistle (plus phosphatidylcholine), artichocke extract, and dandelion root.