The Best Detox is Free and Easy

There is a lot to be said for the idea of eating powerful foods that can flush toxins from the system. We are surrounded by industrial pollutants, consumer products are laced with questionable compounds, and much of our food is infused with synthetic chemicals Ė in general, modern life can be a toxic affair. Combine that knowledge with the fatigue and stresses of contemporary existence and it’s easy to see why many people feel as if they are being subtly poisoned. So of course, when this juice and that vegetable and those supplements, etcetera, all promise to rid the body of the things that purportedly ail it, we jump into the smoothie line and figure out new ways to eat raw kale.

But according to toxicology expert Raychelle Burks, our bodies are already doing all of the heavy lifting when it comes to detoxing. The video below comes from Reactions, a video series produced by ACS and PBS Digital Studios; in it, we learn about the processes that the body performs in order to keep things tidy on the inside. Of course, sometimes the body might require proper detoxing, but when it gets to that point, explains Burks, it’s a job for the hospital, not Juice Generation.

Burks stresses the importance of moderation and eating fruits and vegetables rather than four cheeseburgers a day. But as for the other expensive things promising a pure you, she says, your body is already on it; “your stomach, your intestines, your liver, your kidney … everyone is involved, it’s like a party down there,” she explains. As long as you are otherwise healthy, your body is incredible at what it does. Watch how it all works here:

What do you think? I’m still going to make my weird smoothies because it helps ensure that I eat enough fruit and vegetables and I use up our less-than-beautiful produce in them. But the $10 designer detox juice? I’m giving the job to my liver.

Written by Melissa Breyer

Post originally appeared on Treehugger

54 comments

Edgar Z
Edgar Zuim18 days ago

Well, about smoothies? diy

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo R22 days ago

ty

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo R22 days ago

ty

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Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson24 days ago

Whoo-Hooo!!!!! So Thanksgiving & Christmas overindulgences can be overcome successfully!!!!! :)

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara25 days ago

Make your own smoothies, don't buy them. You should take them for the wide variety of nutrients and the fibres.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara25 days ago

I found that video very poor. Too many flashing and moving things which detract and distract from the contents. To much stupid imagery like boxing gloves on a liver. The lady giving the lecture is not a healthy looking person. She looks as though she eats a lot and does not keep fit. She also tells you not to eat cheeseburgers four times a day when she should be advocating not more than one a week. Partly because of the rubbish food and drink that often accompanies this kind of meal. The whole comes across as very novicey which is okay if someone is starting to learn how to make videos but I suggest leave out the flashing and moving everything.

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Marija M
Marija M26 days ago

Interesting, tks.

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Emma Z
Emma Z26 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Veronica B
Veronica B26 days ago

Good info.Thanks .

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Glennis W
Glennis W26 days ago

Very informative . Thank you for caring and sharing

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