Silence is Golden: Simple Detox Solution

As many of us work hard to detox from the adverse effects of pollution and inflammation, stress and overload, this expert offers a simple piece of advice that can heal and change you. Find out why silence really is golden, and how it can help you to heal.

Today, with all the manifold pressures and chronic stress of modern life, many people seem to have acquired a “motor mouth” syndrome. But constant chatter drains away vital energy and depletes your “bio-batteries.” Since energy is the fundamental fuel required to detox, repair, and rebalance the human body, it doesn’t make sense to needlessly waste this vital resource by spewing it out of your mouth in a fountain of words. It’s far better to remain silent and focus your energy inward for healing purposes. As a Taoist sage once said, “Forget about words and your energy won’t scatter.”

When you are engaged in a detox program, it is advisable to speak no more than necessary. Instead, have a massage or a steam bath, take a stroll in the forest or along the beach, or practice chi gung.

By “saving your breath” you’ll also be reserving your energy for internal cleansing and healing. That extra supply of energy is “as good as gold” in terms of its value to human health and healing.

And that’s why “silence is golden,” because it conserves your energy assets so that your body can draw upon them in times of need to protect your health and prolong your life.

Adapted from The Tao of Detox, by Daniel Reid (Inner Traditions, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Daniel Reid. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Tao of Detox, by Daniel Reid (Inner Traditions, 2006).


Rufaida Shamead
Rufaida Shamead5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Generally, I am a silent person, because for the most part I don't see there is anything useful I can contribute, but my parents think I overdo it on the silence sometimes.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago


Sally Allen
Sally A5 years ago

Silence is golden when you need to relax and get away from the everyday noise you hear. From the phone ringing, kids screaming, tv going on, cars and city noise etc. Taking in the silence can be peaceful and helps you think better.

ANA MARIJA R6 years ago

Thank you for the great post - adore silence...:)

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

So many people seem afraid of silence. I have always found it a blessing.

Shan D.
Shan D6 years ago

"I am a music teacher, and have watched my students' ability to memorize decline over the past decade." - Constance A. -

That's because they have constant distraction and intrusive noises. When I was going for my Grade 5 Western Board of Music exams in Electronic Organ, I had some rather complicated classical pieces to learn. Since I grew up learning by ear instead of by reading notes, I always preferred to memorize the music, rather than rely on my imperfect reading skills. But this comes at a cost: during the time when I'm learning a piece of music, I have to banish ALL other noise. That means no TV, radio, music, computer games, listening to other people singing, and even no talking during practice sessions. Yes, it was hard on my family, as I did at least 2-3 hours' practice every day, and sometimes more at the studio where I took lessons. But the rush when I turned "the corner" of being able to finally play the difficult parts that had stumped me... it's incredible, the "zone" I go into. Some people can ignore noise going on around them - I can't, and never could. When I play or listen to music, that's my "leave me alone, world, shut up everybody" time. And afterward, I feel so much better.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago


Jane W.
Jane Warren6 years ago

It is incredible how much energy is used when one is surrounded by noises. Ask anyone who has suffered a brain injury.
Silence is rejuvenating.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam7 years ago

thanks for sharing.