Detoxification can be defined as a medical procedure in which the toxins that accumulate in the body are removed through the process of eliminating these toxins. Detoxification is basically the medicinal or physiological removal of toxins from the body that is mainly performed by the liver. Toxins are dangerous substances that can result to serious health disorders like cancer and many more. In fact, many health problems can be reversed by doing detoxification procedures regularly.
Toxins accumulate in various parts of the body such as in the colon, urinary tract, skin, liver and so on. When these toxins are not broken down and removed, they can cause different types of diseases such as cancer, eczema, fatigue, stress and many more. Therefore, it is very important to do detoxification to remove these toxins because they may contribute to several ailments. Some of the major causes of toxins accumulation are environmental toxins, pharmaceuticals, food additives, alcohol and tobacco use, cigarette smoking, and obesity.
There are two methods in detoxification that are commonly used by medical practitioners today. One method uses drugs while the other one uses natural detoxification techniques. The first method removes the toxins through oral intake and the second method uses the natural remedies. However, there are some factors that need to be considered before detoxification and the first thing is to understand the causes and triggers of toxin exposures.
Chemical toxins usually come from preservatives, additives, antibiotics, pesticides, pollution and hormones. Food additives are man-made organic substances that are added to food for preservation, flavor and other reasons. Pharmaceuticals are chemical compounds that are generally required in hospitals, in big manufacturing plants, hospitals and clinics for treatment and other purposes. Food additives may also be present naturally in some foods but most often they are added after processing to improve taste and texture and to increase shelf life.
Aside from the above mentioned sources, there are still other triggers and causes that must be addressed in detoxification. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and drugs are some of the hardest substances to get rid of from the body and they have the tendency to linger and build up in the body. Excessive consumption of alcohol is known to cause liver disease; excessive use of drugs causes detoxification to occur faster than usual; consumption of caffeine can trigger detoxification which may last for several weeks; and use of pesticides is known to affect the liver as well. However, all these substances can be eliminated if proper detoxification programs are undertaken regularly. Detoxification diets can help in fast elimination of these substances if a person only knows the right foods to avoid and the right amount to take.
Processed foods can contain a lot of toxins as they are mostly made of high sugar, refined white flour, white rice and white meat such as chicken and turkey. Foods that are high in sugar can trigger rapid weight gain, hunger pangs, lack of energy, lack of sleep, irritability and dehydration. Refined white flour foods can also cause diarrhea and nausea which may trigger detoxification to begin. It has been found that people who eat a lot of processed foods tend to become obese and have a high percentage of heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.