Detoxification is a mind-field of opinions but essentially the best detox program is one that is tailor made to your needs. For example, what works for one person may not necessarily be the miracle cure for you as people eliminate toxins in different ways.
It is a positive step if before you start the detox program to spend a week or two preparing the body. You can do this by implementing some of the following suggested ideas, especially cutting down on caffeine and cigarettes and opening the channels of elimination by taking a gentle fibre supplement, increasing water intake and drinking vegetable juices. Many people may experience a dull headache for a few days when weening off any vices, this is because the body is craving the nicotine or caffeine. Detoxifying is a unique experience for everyone and is not something for the faint hearted, it is always a wise idea to speak to a health professional for tailored advice and also guidance concerning any prescriptive medications you may be taking.
Essentially a detox is a program to open the channels of elimination so that you can release toxins and remove them safely from the bodies systems and consequently feel lighter and brighter.
Many organs play a supportive role in the process of detoxification, including the stomach (digestion), the liver (liberating the toxins), the small intestine (assimilation), the colon (removal of wastes) and the skin (elimination of toxins). If any of these essential organs are not operating at optimal capacity the normal daily detoxification process may be impaired. Many talk about the liver becoming sluggish and this is exactly how one will feel if their liver is in trouble. The Chinese talk about the liver as housing the emotion of anger and this is also supported by the old saying that somebody is feeling liverish today.
The liver has two phases of detoxification, Phase I and Phase II. If either of these phases is impaired in any way, your ability to detoxify chemicals, heavy metals and environmental pollutants is decreased.
The intestines absorb essential vitamins and minerals from your food leaving behind waste products and insoluble fibre. It is important that your intestines have the right balance of friendly bacteria to aid this process.
The colon reabsorbs water and excretes waste products from your body.
The skin is the largest organ of your body, and eliminates toxins through perspiration.
The kidneys are the filtration system of the body and have the massive job of working through wastes and eliminating them from the body via the bladder.
A simple analogy I like to use is one of imagining the liver as an onion. An onion has many layers before you can reach its middle. In a detox these layers of waste matter are peeled off to eventually reveal a cleaner, healthier liver. This means that the number one detox organ will function more effectively and the person will naturally feel more vitality.
The following decrease liver function so it is suggested to avoid or limit the following: