Detox is short for detoxification. Detoxification occurs in multiple body organ systems. Some of the organs that are involved in detoxification include the liver, kidneys, skin, spleen and bowels. Detoxification is the process of getting rid of all the bad stuff that gets into our bodies through our mouth, nose, eyes, lungs, and skin. It is important to keep these organs healthy so that they can "clean up" effectively. These organs need the proper nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and other cofactors to work properly.
Every day you are exposed to toxins. Where do these toxins come from? They come from the air we breath, the food we eat, anything that touches our skin; even our own body can produce toxins. Everything we come into contact with has the potential to increase our toxic load. In the air there are small particulates that can get through our lungs. Mold spores, smoke, pet dander, insecticides, pesticides, exhaust fumes, pollens and many more toxins that are invisible to the unaided eye are all around us. The anti-perspirants, make-up, lotions, skin creams, shampoos and other similar items also may harbor toxins that are absorbed through the skin. If there is an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in our gut, those bad bacteria can produce toxins that are harmful to us. Our bodies need to detoxify because our bodies build up toxins that come from our environment.
What is the best detox program?
A good detoxification program will support the organs of detoxification. There are many detox programs to choose from, so choosing the best one is difficult. Choose a program that supports the organs of detoxification, like the liver, spleen, kidneys, and digestive organs. Use a program that recommends vegetables, fruits, and no refined foods. Consider Standard Process detox or purification programs. You can watch a video of the detox and purification programs on the standard process website.
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