Do You Need a Cleanse or a Detox?

People often ask me about cleansing and detoxing, and I always caution them to err on the side of conservative.

There’s a lot more to cleansing and detoxing than meets the eye, and you can end up doing more harm than good.

Here’s what I mean:


Your liver-the detox Superstar

Your liver has two distinct phases of detoxification.

Phase I is where enzymes act on the toxins and break them apart into harmless pieces.  (This is how caffeine is metabolized.)

Another Phase I strategy is to change the toxin so it can be dissolved in water and put in your urine.  Or your liver can also put toxins in your bile which can be removed with your next BM.

Now, Phase I sometimes results in what’s called bioactivation—that’s when the end result is not harmless but instead much MORE toxic than the original substance was!

When this happens, Phase II steps in.

Phase II adds molecules to the toxin to and “handcuffs” it so it can be excreted in your urine or feces.  (Heavy metals are detoxed this way.)

The right conditions
In order for your body’s detox process to work efficiently, it must have the right conditions:

You must be adequately hydrated for your kidneys to make enough urine.

Your liver has to be healthy—and that means avoiding recreational drugs, minimizing OTC and prescription drug use, and drinking alcohol in moderation.

Getting adequate fiber is also key.  Fiber binds to toxins in your intestinal tract and helps move them out.  This is crucial because if these toxins aren’t eliminated, they can be reabsorbed into circulation.

And your digestion must be sound so you can have regular BMs and eliminate toxins like you should.

Dangers of detox products and cleanses
Here are some popular detox products and the dangers associated with each:

Liquid-only fasts
Many toxins like heavy metals and pesticides are stored in your fat cells.
So when you abstain from food during a liquid fast, your body quickly gets to the point where it needs to get energy by burning fat.

But when you burn fat, you also release the toxins that are stored in that fat, which then seep into your bloodstream.  At this point you are at an increased risk of serious damage to your tissues, organs, and systems–especially your brain and nervous system.

Detox supplements
Many detox supplements are designed to pull massive amounts of toxins out of your body’s tissues.

But as this is taking place, your liver gets bombarded with toxins, and eventually it may not be able to keep up–that means the toxins can seep right back into your bloodstream or be returned to your fat cells.

Plus even if the liver can keep up with the toxin overload, if you’re constipated a lot, you won’t be able to eliminate them all.

Now, many detox supplements also contain a pill to make you “go.”
But many of these laxative products can induce diarrhea which can irritate your intestinal tract, leave you dehydrated and impair your nutrient absorption.

In addition, they can be particularly dangerous for people whose intestinal tracts are compromised, such as those with Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, as well as people who have had gastric surgery, gastroparesis and the elderly.

Start with step one
Step one in any detox effort MUST be to eliminate the toxins from your environment to begin with.

And most times, the vast majority of your toxins come from your DIET—so avoiding processed food, fast food, soda and other junk is a must.

In addition, you also need to make sure your organs of elimination–the bowels and liver–are in tip-top shape and that your body has the nutrients and fiber it needs to carry out natural detox.

A safe, natural detox
Whether or not you choose to use a cleanse or detox product is up to you; however, I suggest if you do so, you do it under the careful direction of a health practitioner.

Plus here are some safe, natural, very effective detox measures you can take to help keep your body squeaky clean on the inside!

1)  Eat nutritious foods & keep digestion efficient
Your body must have the nutrients and fiber it needs to eliminate toxins, and that means having a diet of real whole foods and staying away from garbage.

Plus if you want some smart advice on how to make your meals more easily digestible, put the dietary science of food combining to the test!  Try avoiding the combination of animal proteins and starches in the same meal—I bet you see a difference almost immediately.

If you need more help, the Great Taste No Pain health system can give you the guidance you need!

2) Drink water
Water is essential for creating urine and keeping your bowels running smoothly.
Eight glasses a day should be your minimum.

3) Consider vitamins C and E and lipoic acid supplementation
Vitamin C binds with toxic metals like lead, mercury and aluminum so your body can eliminate them.

Vitamin E protects your cells when toxins are “freed up” and become more dangerous.

And lipoic acid is especially supportive of your liver.

4) Supplement with B12 if necessary
Vitamin B12 is crucial for proper functioning of your liver’s detoxing process.

It’s also one of the most widely deficient nutrients, especially for people who have a typical modern diet or poor digestion.

But that can easily be turned around with Hydroxaden 2.5 vitamin B-12 spray.

Five sprays under your tongue each day give you the 2.5 mg. of B12 that is recommended by experts.  Plus it’s more convenient than shots and bypasses any possible nutrient absorption challenges in the GI tract.

Ours is a toxic world and keeping your body clean is very important.
Put your body’s own detox system to the test and help it work the way it’s supposed to!


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