The mainstream medical and media narrative is that detoxing is a total myth. It’s a fad marketing gimmick. It’s a nonsense term that has no medical meaning and is hippy jargon.
I agree to a certain extent – it’s becoming a fad and a marketing gimmick. All those juice cleanses and teatoxes and crazy detox programs like the master cleanse, well, they give detox a bad name.
But detoxification IS a real and basic biochemical process that the body goes through. It’s our liver’s main job to process substances coming into the body and sort them out.
Toxins, in the medical/dictionary definition are poison or venom coming from plants or animals, for example a snake bite.
For our purposes of healing the body, when we’re talking about toxins we’re talking about any substance that irritates or harms the cells of the body. This includes things like chemicals, heavy metals, cellular waste byproducts, biotoxins like mold and pathogens.
Can’t the Body Naturally Detox On It’s Own?
This is the most common argument against detoxing – the body is designed to detox itself, we don’t need to do anything.
That’s true. The body is designed to naturally detox. Back when we were living in caves, the biggest thing we had to worry about was eating a toxic berry or getting a spider bite, or eating some charred food.
Now, we’re dealing with 70,000+ man made chemicals released into the air, into our water supply and the ocean – which all end up on our farms growing our food, and into the food supply.
These are NOT natural chemicals, and metals that are NOT in natural amounts.
The chemicals and metals in our food, air and water supply are a HUGE problem. They cause so much damage to the body, and not just on one system of the body, but on EVERY SINGLE system in the body.
And the cascade effects from that damage is mind blowing.
Because of these toxins damaging our cells and decreasing cellular fluidity, our cells aren’t able to clean and release the waste products like they normally do. Plus, this damage to cells creates a cascade effect of problems – the cells can’t make energy or get nutrients in. Our lymph system gets backed up and isn’t draining properly.
These toxins damage the intestinal lining, helping to create leaky gut, which creates overgrowth of pathogens like bad bacteria, fungus, candida and other yeast, parasites, and mold. These pathogens actually make waste by-products of their own that are toxic to us.
A damaged and leaky gut creates food sensitivities. Those food sensitivities act as toxins inside the body and cause even more damage.
Leaky gut also let’s these toxins past the digestive system and into the bloodstream, where they can be transported all over the body and even make it past the blood-brain barrier.
Now, our livers are overloaded and struggling to cope with all the toxins coming from every angle.
When I was super sick, I knew my liver was suffering. I started waking up everyday not only with on-fire-but-frozen feeling of inflammation, but also feeling like I had a hangover. And I mean, a real, legitimate hangover even thought I hadn’t drunk the night before.
In fact, I had stopped drinking because I was starting to have really bad reactions to alcohol.
The feeling of a hangover is the feeling of your liver being poisoned and struggling to cope.
I also developed multiple chemical sensitivity, where being around any kind of chemicals like perfume, smoke, or cleaning products made me feel physically sick almost instantly. That’s your liver being overloaded.
So all of this leads to a situation where:
- we’re collecting toxins since conception from our mother (through the placenta)
- we’re collecting toxins every single day, living our normal lives in the world
- the toxins are damaging our cells and we’re unable to release normal cellular waste products
- all this toxicity is damaging our guts
- a damaged gut is the perfect environment for pathogens to proliferate, and they release even more toxicity to the system
- a damaged gut creates food sensitivities, which act like toxins in the body, harming normal cells
- a damaged gut lets these toxins throughout the entire body, and past the blood-brain barrier
- our liver is damaged, overloaded and unable to cope
- and we’re still being exposed to toxins everyday…
- You are TOXSICK.
This is chronic illness.
And this is the vicious cycle you need to break in order to heal.
The elimination organs aren’t functioning properly
We’re already touched on the liver being overloaded and not working properly, but the other elimination channels get backed up to.
So many people today have constipation and aren’t going to the bathroom as much as they should, leading to waste matter and toxins backing up in the colon, putrefying and creating more toxicity.
Sweat is also another major detox channel, but due to toxic skin products, tight and synthetic clothing, and bathing in toxic water, most people’s skin is damaged, inactive and clogged up, and wearing anti-persperants which block sweating.
Our lungs struggle because we don’t breath properly, our lymph system doesn’t get exercised, our blood is not circulating properly and is congested, we don’t drink enough water so the kidneys aren’t being flushed.
So we’re getting toxins that we were NEVER supposed to be exposed to in excess amounts, and our elimination is compromised.
That’s why we need to detox – and that’s why our body can no longer do it on it’s own, in the environment we live in today.
We need to help our elimination organs, get rid of toxic exposures, and detox all the accumulated toxins out of the body.