Detox, short name for detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine and human made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food and water. Liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic system all works together to ensure that toxins are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and are excreted from the body.
Detox diet refers to a program of diet, herbs and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body. Detox diets involve either not consuming or attempting to flush out substances that are considered unhelpful or harmful. Detox diet is quite a restrictive diet. The diet requires giving up many foods that have ingredients believed to be toxins. Following a detox diet also helps in improved energy levels, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion and increased concentration and clarity.
Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet that:
- Minimizes the amount of chemicals ingested (for example: by eating organic food).
- Emphasizes foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.
- Contains foods such as high fiber foods and water that draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
Most detox diets emphasizes on the importance of consuming organic fruits, vegetables and drinks to ensure that no pesticides have touched them while processed foods are eliminated completely in detox diets. Additionally, purified water and herbs that naturally help to detoxify the body are a must for anyone on a detox diet.