What is a detox? Does it really work?

Detox is an abbreviation of the word “detox”, that is, detoxification of poisons, cleansing the body of toxins.

The idea that we are “dirty inside” does not apply to modern trends in a healthy lifestyle, but was invented in antiquity. Until recently, detoxification procedures were performed in the intensive care unit for people with severe drug or alcohol poisoning. Then the idea of ​​cleansing the body transformed and became popular: today sales of detox juices in the USA reach 3 billion dollars.

The detox concept is that in the process of vital activity, our body produces toxins that must be constantly neutralized and eliminated. If this is not done, they spoil the skin, intestines, body odor, and general well-being.

To combat toxins, we are offered juice diets, spices, hydro colon therapy, massages, and a sauna. All these methods should neutralize the poisons that are supposedly in our blood, and cleanse the intestines and skin. For a week of consuming multicolored juices, fasting and intensive peeling, people really lose a little weight and their skin color improves.

What’s really going on?

According to research, our body is able to cope with detoxification on its own – the process takes place in the liver, and everything unnecessary is eliminated through the intestines, kidneys, and lungs. Decontamination is in progress, it can be certain hormones, medications, coffee, cosmetics, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, etc.

Special enzymes are responsible for detoxification, which are helped by vitamins and the amino acid glutathione. After neutralization, the hormones or drugs become water-soluble and are excreted through the kidneys. Or, together with bile, they enter the intestines and are also excreted. If you “just pour toxins” with Detox Fresh, it will not neutralize them.

So the detox doesn’t work?

Yes and no. Weakness, bad skin or bad breath can have other causes – such as vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, allergies or intestinal problems – but not toxins.

A week of a detox diet can really make things a bit better. Our enzymes, with the help of which natural detoxification occurs, are more or less active. Green tea, beets, dark berries, various types of cabbage, green vegetables and soy activate the genes responsible for detoxification. And in addition, they provide us with substances necessary for the work of the detoxification system.

But there is also a downside. Detoxification procedures can damage the intestines and it is easy to poison yourself with unpasteurized juice. In addition, the vitamins contained in the juices are quickly destroyed. In terms of cost, a week of conventional detox can cost up to a month of healthy eating.

What should be done to help the body purify itself?

First of all, avoid poisoning from fast foods and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits – this cleanses the intestines and promotes the work of the detoxification system.

Include in your diet foods useful for the internal detoxification system: beets, garlic, cabbage, berries, greens, and eggs.

Sport helps to lose weight and adapt to a healthy diet, thus also contributing to detoxification. After serious physical exertion, it is especially important to eat plenty of bright green vegetables and berries to overcome the biochemical stress of training.