Your body expends as much effort detoxifying toxins as it does building new cells, but your ability to detoxify is finite (i.e. it is not limitless).
Each of us is unique, both in which toxins we react to and and in our ability to clear them from our body.
When your body is detoxifying efficiently, the immediate effect is that you feel better.
But efficient detoxification also has the potential to extend your healthy life, so understanding how detoxification works is an essential step towards improving your overall health
THE DETOXIFICATION PROCESS
There are 2 primary effects deriving from a detox programme:
reducing the toxins your body is exposed to
improving your body’s ability to detoxify
There are 5 main areas in your body where the internal detoxification process takes places:
your digestive tract
your immune system
Additionally, there are many other organs involved in the process 24/7 including your skin!. This means the whole body is involved in the process
PERIODS OF ‘EXCESS’ CALL FOR A DETOX
The reason why detox diets are so popular is that many people - probably including yourself - are well aware that they feel under par “after” a period of excess
This might be after too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol, fried food, overeating, active or passive smoking, pollution, or even drugs.
But you may also feel that your body has been affected by certain environments - perhaps “mouldy” places or places that involve chemical exposure or after you have eaten certain foods. These are all examples of substances the body has to work hard to detoxify. Exactly how the body does this is the key to understanding how to boost your detox capacity and feel better faster.
YOUR DETOXIFICATION CAPACITY
Your detoxification capacity is the balance between: our intake of toxin, e.g. is it low, medium or high, and our ability to detoxify, e.g. is it weak average or strong
When we don’t feel great, the balance between our in take of toxins and our ability to detoxify is not at its best. In other words, our intake of toxins exceeds our body’s capacity to detoxify.
Excess alcohol is an example of such situation. When the liver’s capacity to detoxify the alcohol you are consuming is exceeded, your brain becomes intoxicated and you become unable to stay conscious
SO YOUR DETOXIFICATION CAPACITY IS WEAKENED WHEN YOUR INTAKE OF TOXINS EXCEEDS YOUR BODY’S CAPACITY TO DETOXIFY AND THIS WHEN WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO GET OUR BODY BACK TO WORKING (DETOXIFYING) MORE EFFICIENTLY