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.

96 comments

Vicky P.
Vicky P.about a year ago

Detoxes are a scam :) Just try to keep stress low, don't consume too much alcohol, get lots of water and eat healthy most of the time.

sylvia Szczepaik Bouvier
sylvia S.2 years ago

thank you

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Dr. Frank Lipman, for Sharing this!

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.3 years ago

Thanks!

Magdika Cecilia Perez

great post

Amy Stotler
Amy Stotler4 years ago

thank you for sharing

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

Wendye Kolles
Wendye Kolles4 years ago

Thanks.