a process by which we cleanse the body of toxins and
harmful chemicals. It involves dietary and lifestyle
changes that reduce the intake of toxins and improve
their elimination. These toxins come mainly from
diet, drug use, and environmental exposure, and are
difficult to remove. Natural detoxification is
helpful in this process.
The natural detoxification system of our body, given
by Mother Nature, is usually sufficient for good
health. This system protects us from everyday
exposure to toxins.
The human detoxification system consists of the
respiratory (lungs, bronchial tubes, sinus and
nose), gastrointestinal (liver, gall bladder,
colon), urinary (kidney, bladder, urethra), skin and
dermal (sweat, sebaceous glands and tears) and
lymphatic (lymph nodes and channels) systems.
The human body is programmed to tackle low-level
toxic attacks. Our bodies can detoxify potential
carcinogens, or repair genetic damages. The
protective mechanisms are repair, cellular shedding,
detoxification and dietary antioxidants. The human
body is quite capable of detoxification if it is fed
with adequate water and fiber.
Water is the main detoxifying agent in our body. It
helps us to clean our skin and kidneys, and improves
sweating through exercise. Many of us are
chronically dehydrated, and doctors recommend a
minimum of 8 glasses of water daily.
The next step in natural detoxification is a
raw-food diet. This means consumption of more fruits
and vegetables and less of proteins and fat rich red
meat, milk products, refined food and fried food.
Adding fiber to your diet will help to detoxify your
Another important component of natural
detoxification is regular exercise. Exercise
relieves toxins from the body by sweating and also
helps in good bowel habits. Exercise improves our
general metabolism and helps with overall
detoxification. Aerobic exercise helps to maintain a
Regular bathing helps the body to get rid of toxins
that accumulate on the skin, and also opens the
pores. Saunas and oil massages help the body to
Some natural therapists also recommend therapy such
as colon irrigation, which means cleansing the
gastro-intestinal system of waste and toxic debris
using water. But some are of the view that fasting
and colon cleansing are not required for
detoxification. Ultimately, it is a matter of