Can I Really Detox The Body? Truth and Myths About Body Cleanse
Is what you know about body cleansing true?
Medical Fact Checked by: Dr. Bryan Havoc
Experts on the internet think that your body can detoxify itself just fine without your help, and while there is some truth to that, it’s not really that cut and dry. Depending on how much exposure you have to toxins on a daily basis, your body will benefit from a supplemental detoxification regimen.
Let’s take a look at some common claims about detoxification and see what the truth is and what is just a myth.
You Cannot Detoxify The Body
False. You know your body better than anyone else. If you’ve tried a supplemental detoxification regimen before and felt the symptoms of a toxin overload subside, then no expert can tell you that you’re wrong. Your body’s natural system needs help when it burdened too much with toxins. If you feel constant bloating, aches in your muscles, fatigue, brain fog, etc.
Your Body Detoxifies Itself
True. Your body is well-equipped with the right organs to cleanse itself through waste such as sweat, urine, and feces. In fact, your liver, the second largest organ in your body, does most of the heavy-lifting when it comes to removing the toxins from your body.
However, while that may be true, what the experts don’t cover is how much the toxins can build up as your liver is working hard to detoxify your body. When there’s too much buildup around your liver it turns into fat that can spiral into other health issues such as obesity and diabetes.
Toxins Are Only Found In The Air
False. Toxins are found everywhere you almost everywhere you look and touch. Eating processed food full of chemicals carries a lot of toxins that can get backed up in your body. Even eating vegetables and fruits covered in pesticides that weren’t properly washed can carry a lot of toxins into your body. Water can carry toxins as well.
Drinking from a bottle that isn’t BPA-free or drinking groundwater carry certain toxic metals that are harmful to your body.
Even certain drugs like anti-depressants or antibiotics carry toxic chemicals that might have some benefits to the body, but there are side effects for a reason.
Even beauty products meant to cleanse your body like shampoo, toothpaste, and body wash carry harmful toxins that get into your body. Basically, anything you put onto your skin can get absorbed into your body through your skin.
That is why it is a false statement to say toxins are only found through air pollution.
The Toxins Are Not Named
False. Experts believe that those who claim that detox help do not have the names for the toxins. From lead in water to bisphenol A found in drink bottles or food cans and containers to polychlorinated biphenyls in paints and plastics. There are plenty of names for the toxins that affect our bodies. Some experts state that detox bloggers don’t have a name for the toxins, but there is a science behind how different toxins affect the body in different ways.
Is Detox Harmful?
False. You cannot hurt your body by taking natural ingredients, staying hydrated, and eating healthy food. Detoxifying your body doesn’t just mean taking over-the-counter detox products, but it’s an entire process of helping your body cleanse itself, how could any of that be harmful to your body?
Detoxifying Your Body Can Help You Lose Weight
True. When your liver is cleaning your system and is backed up, the toxins begin to build up in the fatty tissue around your liver. Helping your liver cleanse itself from fatty tissue buildup by choosing more natural ingredients and a healthier lifestyle is a double-edged sword for weight loss. Helping your liver remove the extra fat on top of eating healthy food that isn’t processed is the perfect recipe for weight loss.
Only Your Liver Is Involved In The Detoxification Process
False. Your organs from your lungs to your skin help with the detoxification process. Your lungs are especially important in detoxing your body because of how many toxins you inhale from air pollutants to cleaning chemicals to asbestos. Air pollutants alone cause millions of deaths around the world according to the World Health Organization. Your skin is also involved in the detoxification process by sweating out toxins.
Detoxifying your body every couple of months is a great way to help your body’s natural processes.
Once you clear the toxins from your body, you’ll feel a lot more energy because you don’t have waste in your body weighing you down.
Experts want you to believe you don’t need natural ingredients to detox your body because most of them are doctors who want to lose business to those who find natural ways to keep themselves healthy.
Those who are overloaded with toxins often feel an abundance of stress and a lack of sleep, which could lead to relying on even more unhealthy habits to get through the day. For example, those who suffer insomnia caused by being weight down with toxins will reach for a coffee or energy drink to perk themselves up which causes an even heavier toxic overload for your body.
Doctors may think that detoxifying the body is just a fad, but the concept of detox has been around for thousands of years.
Supplemental natural detox products have no side effects. If you feel any side effects while taking any natural products in your detox journey, then that is most likely your body adjusting to detoxification.
Adding natural detox products to an entire regimen of eating healthy and consuming a healthy amount of water is the perfect way to cleanse your body. You will feel your body become lighter as the weight sheds off, your gut will feel cleaner with less to no bloating, and you feel the brain fog begin to clear. Just make sure when you’re detoxing, not to consume the substances and chemicals that caused a toxin overload in the first place such as BPA or pesticides.
Despite what experts may say, detox really does work.
*This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.