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What Do You Mean By Detox?

What Do You Mean By Detox?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so let me explain how I understand detoxification.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. So when I am talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your bodyís own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our bodyís detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

As a culture we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We clean our teeth daily, we bath and wash our hair daily or every other day and we like to look and smell clean because it makes us feel better. Similarly, I see detoxification as internal cleansing. The problem is that itís often hard to know when our internal cleansing mechanisms are not functioning well. Unlike other parts of our body it is very hard to know how well our liver is working, and our liver is the main detoxification organ. It filters the blood of bacteria and toxins, chemically neutralizing toxins and converting them to substances that can be eliminated by the kidneys and synthesizing and secreting bile.

Although it is mostly ignored by our current medical system, the detoxification system is a key component of our bodyís functioning. Most of the molecules made by our bodies every day, are for getting rid of waste products. We need hundreds of enzymes, vitamins and other molecules to help rid the body of unwanted waste products and chemicals. We need to manufacture these molecules to help take the good from what we ingest and get rid of the unwanted. Although the bulk of the work is done by the liver and the intestinal tract, the kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin are all involved in this complex detoxification system.

The purpose of a detoxification program is primarily to support these organs of elimination so that toxins present in the body can be metabolized and excreted. Time and time again Iíve seen the benefits a good internal cleanse can bring.

I think an effective detoxification system is necessary for good health and in response to the many requests Iíve had, I have put together my own program based on what Iíve seen working in my practice. I designed a 2 week detox with all the components I feel are necessary to optimize your bodyís detoxification systems. This is now available for everybody online.

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Dr. Frank Lipman

Founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, Dr Frank Lipman is a pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. His personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest of life. To hang with Frank, visit his blog, follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook community today.

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7:16AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

thank you

4:16AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

12:14PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you Dr. Frank Lipman, for Sharing this!

2:26PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thanks!

1:37AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

great post

12:35PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

thank you for sharing

4:45PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thank you.

4:45PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thank you.

4:49AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thanks.

1:17PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Don't really like that this post is basically an ad for a detox system. I appreciate that the product can be presented as an option for those who want to cleanse, but there's no real advice or info given.

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