Self-Cleaning: Our Bodies Are Built For It

Here, how to kick-start your body’s natural ability to detoxify with healthier food options.

The human body is an amazing organism.

While constantly exposed to potential threats, such as infections and pollutants, it is designed to take what it needs from the environment and food while protecting us from infection and excreting waste. Because we want to boost our bodies’ ability to do so, there is a large industry that caters to detoxification, either with “cleansing” diets or juicing or colonic cleansing or irrigation.

The bad news is that these cleanses are essentially useless and, in some cases, potentially dangerous (for instance, risk of bowel perforation from colonic irrigation).

The good news is that we don’t need them.

A healthy body eliminates unhealthy substances naturally, a self­-cleaning system – the kidneys filter toxins from the blood and excretes them in urine, the liver helps remove unwanted substances from the body, the lungs breathe out toxins and the digestive tract absorbs the nutrition from food while letting unhealthy substances pass.

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