Body detoxification is a process of helping your body complete the cycle of eliminating toxins and waste products.
Since the exposure to toxins and the creation of metabolic waste products are continuous, a detoxification program also needs to be continuous.
A healthy body has many systems to remove metabolic waste products and naturally occurring toxins from your body. Going to the bathroom, exhaling and sweating are part of these systems that work around the clock.
Your internal organs including your kidneys and liver are part of these integrated systems. In natural environment, a healthy body does not require a downtime just like your heart does not need to take a break from beating.
Our major challenge is in two folds. The first is that we do not live in a natural environment. We are exposed to thousands of artificially created toxins that our body does not know what to do with. The second is that our behavior patterns are as artificial as the environment we live in and we do not perform detoxifying physical activities.
As the result, the “downtime” may become necessary in the form of specific detoxifying periods.
Detoxifying is not a new term. The intention behind detoxification and how it is used may be different today than a thousand years ago.
Fasting, for example, has been a part of the religious practice for a very long time. Fasting is providing a rest period for the body so that it can purify itself and cleanse.
When you consider it, in nature and the time before agriculture, human didn’t always have readily available food. Fasting was a part of the natural cycle.
The cycles were not in hours and days. It was unpredictable.
These days we have to plan our detoxification plan which is usually in days. As you plan your detox, remember that there are certain medical conditions that will impact you. You always need to talk to your physician about the steps you plan to take.
The most common types of detox and cleanse are dietary.