Many people associate detox diets and cleansing plans with juices, smoothies, and other strange concoctions that claim to rid the body of unhealthy substances and promote rapid weight loss. Those who follow detox plans also tout psychological benefits, such as more energy and rejuvenation.
There are also colon cleanses and liver detox plans that claim to target the colon and liver. But there is no scientific evidence that one specific organ can help you detoxify completely. Detoxification requires a team effort from your entire organ system.
Your Body’s Detoxification System
There are five organ systems (skin, kidney, intestine, lymphatic, and liver) that work day and night to metabolize fat, fight inflammation, and remove harmful toxins from your body and filter out built-up waste.
*Your skin helps you detox by providing a barrier to harmful toxins. The skin regulates body temperature and provides antibacterial protection against infection.
*The Kidney activates hormones and filters your blood to collect waste that is excreted in your urine. Your kidney also filters out fat-producing substances and balances your blood pressure.
*Your intestine allows essential nutrients from food into your body but helps detox by keeping harmful bacteria and other toxins out. The intestine also excretes waste materials and toxins from the body.
*The lymphatic system carries toxins from the body to the blood for excretion by the bladder, bowels, and skin. The lymphatic system also reduces cellulite formation and strengthens your immune system.
*Your liver is a second waste filter that manufactures essential hormones. The liver also isolates the toxins that your body can’t break down, cleanses the blood and balances fat and cholesterol levels, and breaks down harmful chemicals.
A Natural Detox Diet
You don’t need exotic detoxes or cleanses to purify your body and promote weight loss. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with lots of whole food, fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, and spices can invigorate, strengthen and support your body’s