Debunking 'detox' myths

I've briefly mentioned Intermittent Fasting (IF) before, and,due to recent interest, decided it's time to delve into the matter of 'detoxing' and using IF as a functional tool to health.

It is always prudent to start at the beginning, and I like to dispel misconceptions about our biology, and put an end to 'false news', for example the term and incorrect consumer thinking about DETOXING, due to advertising and marketing.

Detoxification is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.

As we live, our body systems, work autonomously, in an interdependent way along with other systems. For example, the liver is thought to be responsible for up to 500 separate functions, usually in combination with other systems e.g. circulatory, and organs e.g. gall bladder.

The liver is largely responsible for:

It is important to note that the liver and kidneys are inherently capable of detoxing our bodily system. Dialysis is the only external tool that can help us to sustain the function of the liver.

All we can do, through lifestyle choices, is

  1. control the quality & quantity of toxins we introduce into our system,

  2. support the natural detoxification processes of the liver

  3. and remember that there is an energetic role of the liver that must also be taken into consideration.

1. Control quality & quantity of toxins

As a complex organism, we are simply a series of chemical, hormonal, electrical, magnetic inter/re-actions. Metabolism is a series of chemical processes that occur within us in order to maintain life. This process can produce harmful substances and by-products.

Add to this, we ingest, breathe in, and absorb other toxins through our environment, diet, water, medications, intoxicants etc.

Bear in mind that the liver will first process the most harmful substances first, such as alcohol and chemical substances, and store lesser toxins as fat soluble substances within fatty tissue, to process at a later stage. Some vitamins can be dangerous in high quantities as they are fat soluble,notably Vitamin A & D.

So imagine, you continuously bombard your system with toxic foods, drink, products, medicines, drugs etc, added to poor breathing and the lack of stress management techniques!

2. Support natural detoxification processes

We can support our body's natural detoxification systems by controlling what, and ho,w we expose ourselves to all things harmful;

Consider the quality & quantity of those habits and lifestyle choices that either stress or support your primary organ of detoxification.