What comes to mind when you hear the word “detox”? Juice cleanses, calorie restrictive diets, detoxification teas?

The truth is detoxification is one of our body’s most important processes when it comes to maintaining optimal health, and a lot of the time our bodies do this on its own!

What is detoxification?

Detoxification refers to the body’s natural ability to filter and remove unwanted items. These include toxins, waste, and water from the body. We consume more harmful products and chemicals than we even realize – from micro plastics to xenoestrogens, heavy metals, and more.

All of these harmful chemicals wreak havoc on our body systems. They can cause inflammation, gut microbiome imbalance, hormonal disruption, and much more.

Our body is fighting against these pathogens every minute of every day so that we can remain as healthy as possible. In fact, your body is naturally detoxifying right this second! Our bodies are constantly working to filter and remove all unwanted items.

So, what organs are involved in it?

All organs are unique and important in the body, some are designed specifically to help with detox. These include the skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and lymph. But what does each organ do?

  • The skin helps you sweat out toxins and other unwanted chemicals
  • The liver is a powerhouse when it comes to detox as it filters the majority of our toxins, pathogens, various chemicals, and much more
  • The lungs remove airborne toxins and filter gases throughout the body
  • The kidneys flush water soluble waste, leading to urination
  • The colon packages solid wastes so you can eliminate via bowel movements
  • Lymph removes the byproducts of infections, pathogens, and more

How can you improve detox on your own?

There are a multitude of ways to assist your body’s natural detoxification process. To summarize, the 3 P’s can ensure you are focused on excreting what needs to be removed from the body. The 3 P’s include: peeing, pooping, and perspiring (sweating).

Each of the 3 P’s is necessary for adequate detox. For example, drinking adequate water can ensure urination. On the other hand, consuming enough fiber will assist in bowel movements. Exercising enough and prioritizing fitness can help increase your body’s sweat production.

These are just a few examples of how the choices we make every single day affect our body’s ability to detox.

What if I need more help in detoxing my body?

Apply here to work with our team of Registered Dietitians in our Functional Wellness Coaching program. We will design and customize your nutrition, fitness, and mindset protocol so you can detox with ease and help your body reach optimal wellness.

Rachel Scheer

Rachel Scheer

Rachel Scheer is a Certified Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Rachel has her own private nutrition and counseling practice located in McKinney, Texas. Rachel has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs enhance their athletic performance, improve their physical and mental health, and make positive lifelong eating and exercise behavior changes.

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