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Specific Detoxes For Different Body Systems

Choosing the right detox routine depends on what your goals are. No matter what your choice is, it’s best to consider how each kind of detox will help each of your body’s systems.

Choosing the right detox routine depends on what your goals are. No matter what your choice is, it’s best to consider how each kind of detox will help each of your body’s systems.

Digestive System

What is it?

The digestive system is the system responsible for consuming and breaking down food into a usable form. It is also responsible for removing waste material left behind by the food we eat. The organs that make up the digestive system are the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, rectum, and anus.

What’s the best cleanse?

  • Drinking Water – The more water you drink, the easier it is for your digestive system to get rid of waste material. There are lots of materials that end up getting stuck in the digestive system simply because the body cannot recognize them as food. Water helps to clear them out.
  • Juicing – The essential vitamins and minerals you ingest from juicing can help condition your digestive system to absorb nutrients more efficiently. It can also help your digestive system better recognize what is and isn’t food.
  • Cutting Out Carbs – There is never anything wrong with eliminating food from your diet that the body cannot use for energy. Doing this lightens the workload that your body is burdened with when it comes to eliminating waste material.
  • Herbal Detox – Typical American diet plan does not contain a sufficient amount of dietary fiber. Fiber is roughage of the vegetables and fruits that help our body to eliminate waste. It prevents and reduces chance for constipation. A well-planned regular digestive detox would always include dietary fibers of some kind along with other herbal chelators and prebiotics to assist our body to remove toxin built-up in our colon.
  • Probiotics – Our large intestine houses good bacteria (probiotics) and bad bacteria. It is important to repopulate our body with sufficient probiotics (varying types of strains and high quantity) so that it can balance its environment for optimum immune and overall health functions.
  • Cleansing Program – By far our best seller is CleanStart (Apple Cinnamon or Wildberry flavors). They both have a powder drink mix with bentonite clay, fibers and other effective cleansing agents along with 3 capsules to stimulate the peristalsis movement of the colon. A milder version of CleanStart also available for those who have a sensitive digestive system.

Hepatic System

What is it?

The hepatic system is the system that is responsible for directing blood from parts of the gastrointestinal tract to the liver. Nutrient-rich substances absorbed in the small intestine travel first to the liver for processing before continuing to the heart. It also includes venous drainage from the spleen and pancreas.

Liver is the main detox organ of our body system. Liver performs this function in 2 phases. In first phase, liver converts toxic chemicals into a less harmful form via complex enzymatic actions. The detoxing effects is then completed through the second phase (Conjugation), when it chemically turns the less harmful chemicals into water-soluble form which are then dispel out of our body system through the urinary system.

What’s the best cleanse?

  • Drinking Water – Water plays a big role in detoxing any part of our body because it is present everywhere. This is particularly true in our blood.
  • Herbal Detox – As a blood filter, our liver is constantly bombarded with toxins that we ingest (drugs, processed foods, drinks, environmental contaminants, etc…). It gets intoxicated and can cause long term ill-effects on our body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers liver organ as the most important organ of our body. Just about every TCM herbal combination will have at least one herb in there to address liver functionality. The best liver detox I have found is the Tiao-He Cleanse which is a TCM formulation that aids the liver in its ability to manage Phase 1 and 2 of its detox process.
  • Green Tea – As stated in my previous blog, green tea contains powerful complex antioxidants. Antioxidants happen to be the exact nutrients used in both Phase 1 and 2 of the liver detox.
  • Juicing – Just like other forms of detox, vegetable and fruits juicing provides all kind of nutrients needed for the liver to take on a variety of toxins and transform them into harmless substances to be eventually excreted out of our body system.
  • Cleansing Program – Traditional Chinese Medicine treats liver as the main organ that needs much care and maintenance. In fact, you will very likely find an herb or more that directly nourishes or cleanses liver in just about every TCM formulation for whatever purpose. For that reason, we have a TCM-based liver cleanse that we love called Tiao He Cleanse. My wife and I do the Tiao He Cleanse at least twice a year to keep our hepatic systems in order.

Urinary System

What is it?

The Urinary System is a group of organs in the body concerned with filtering out excess fluid and other substances from the bloodstream. The substances are filtered out from the body in the form of urine. Urine is a liquid produced by the kidneys, collected in the bladder and excreted through the urethra.

What’s the best cleanse?

  • Drinking Water – Are you still surprised why drinking lots of water every day is a great form of continuous foundational detoxing methodology? How much should you drink a day? Half of your weight (lbs) in ounces of water.
  • Drink Cranberry Juice Daily –  Cranberry juice has natural bacterial inhibitors called proanthocyanidins. They play a role in cleansing the urinary system and preventing infections. Drink at least two, 8oz glasses of cranberry juice daily. Please use 100-percent cranberry juice, not a regular cheap cranberry juice with other ingredients mixed in.
  • Herbal Urinary Maintenance – Some herbs are excellent in nourishing your kidneys and bladder for optimal urinary system function. Here are some of them – parsley leaf, dandelion leaf, corn silk, uva ursi leaf, watermelon seed, asparagus stem. We have a product called by that exact name which you may find useful for your urinary system detox. Click here for more information.
  • Follow these additional tips for a long-term healthy urinary system: Don’t drink coffee, soda, or sugary beverages. Don’t eat foods with excessive amounts of protein.

No matter what kind of detoxing routine you choose, it’s important to always consult your doctor if you have any questions. Medical professionals have dedicated years of their lives to studying the effects that proper nutrition and toxin cleansing has on the human body.

We will cover about detoxing other body systems in the future blogs. But for now, in the next blog, I would like to share a recently popular concept of basic daily detoxing. What are some of the things we can do to avoid daily toxins and achieve mild daily cleansing on a on-going basis.

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Detoxification Methodologies

Unfortunately, there are so many different detoxing methods out there, that picking the one that works best for your body can be difficult. Additionally, the type of detox that you select needs to be compatible with your health and fitness goals. To make the right decision, you first have to learn exactly what a detox is.

There is a lot out there regarding detoxing and cleansing. If you’re like a lot of people, you may have a general idea of what detoxing your body means, but you may not know how detoxing helps each of your body’s systems.

If done properly, detoxing your body can give you an extremely good foundation to start on as you start on any type of transformation journey. Whether you are wanting to lose weight, gain lean muscle mass, or put on healthy weight, detoxing can give your body a good jumpstart.

Unfortunately, there are so many different detoxing methods out there, picking the one that works best for your body can be difficult. Additionally, the type of detox that you select needs to be compatible with your health and fitness goals. To make the right decision, you first have to learn exactly what a detox is.

What is a detox?

Detoxing, also known as cleansing, is the process in which you rid the body of harmful toxins or any other unhealthy substances that might be causing your body’s anatomic systems to function improperly. A basic detox can remove these toxins by giving a specified nutritional boost to the liver, where most impurities in the blood are removed.

There are multiple reasons why people would choose to perform a detox. Increasing energy levels, weight loss, and the ability to control cravings are just a few of the primary reasons.

No two detoxing methods are the same and no two detoxing methods will produce the same results. It’s important to understand that different detoxing methods can produce different results for different anatomic systems. What works for your nervous system may not work for you digestive system.

How do you know if you should detox?


There are always extenuating circumstances in which cleansing generally isn’t recommended. You should definitely consult your doctor if you are pregnant, on prescription medication, or are diabetic before you consider detoxing.

Many dietitians and other health-care professionals recommend performing some type of detox or cleanse at least once per year. Specifically if you are experiencing symptoms like:

  • bloating
  • irritated skin
  • excessive drowsiness
  • frequent viral infections
  • allergies

To figure out what detoxing method works best for each system, we first have to gain an understanding of some different detoxing and cleansing methods:

  • Drinking Water

A water detox is one of the most basic forms of cleansing that you could perform. By simply increasing your intake of water throughout the day, you can flush out unwanted toxins and help your kidneys get rid of unwanted bacteria and impurity build ups. Many people find that they have increased energy and feel less bloated after doing a water detox. The most common form of water cleansing is drinking a gallon of water a day for 10 days.

  • Sweating it out

Research is showing that when you sweat, you lose more than just salt and water through your pores. You are also pushing out unwanted impurities like toxins and heavy metals. Things like lead, mercury, and cadmium are often more efficiently excreted through sweat glands than they are through the urinary tract. If your gym has a dry or wet sauna, spend a few minutes in there after every workout. Even if you aren’t working out that day, hop in the sauna and let your body do its thing.

  • A green tea regimen

Green tea is naturally high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in the body. Because it’s so high in antioxidants, green tea also has the ability to boost your immune system and keep your digestive system operating smoothly. When people detox with green tea, they generally drink two cups a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, for an average of about 15 days to one month.

  • Fasting

This is generally the most recognizable form of detoxing and cleansing, and unfortunately it is the method that scares everyone away. First of all, fasting is NOT about starving yourself. Fasting, when it comes to detoxing, is about eliminating unhealthy  aspects of our diet to focus on other, more healthy options. Avoiding things like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or sugar for an extended period of time are the types of fasts that you need. While eliminating those substances, increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and water to help flush yourself out.

  • Probiotics

Probiotics are microorganisms (or bacteria) naturally found in the body that can help support your immune and digestive systems. There is good bacteria and then there is bad bacteria. The good bacteria in the body is designed to fight off the bad bacteria. Taking additional probiotic supplements can help boost the amount of good bacteria in the body, thus eliminating more bad bacteria that can cause digestion problems.

  • Exercise Change

As you have probably figured out, detoxing is all about making a change. Making changes doesn’t just mean changing your body, it means changing your mindset. Changing up your exercise routine can help you get into a better mental state that is more prepared for making positive changes. Doing the same exercise routine over and over again can become less and less effective because your body doesn’t consider it a challenge anymore. Drastic exercise change shocks your body, giving it more of a workout.

  • Cutting out Carbs

When we say carbs, we mean simple carbohydrates like white flour, white sugar, and fried foods. Most foods that contain these kinds of carbohydrates are usually over processed and packed full of preservatives that introduce more toxins to the body. They can spike your blood sugar, make you feel bloated, and put unnecessary strain on your excretory organs because they are now working overtime to get rid of them.

  • Skin Brushing

The skin performs so many different functions. It protects us from outside elements, insulates us, holds our organs and muscles together, and even has a role in filtering out toxins. Sometimes though, the skin needs help getting rid of those toxins that it excretes. Dry brushing is a way that we can help our skin out and its great for aiding our lymphatic system detox. Take a standard natural bristle brush and start brushing your skin from the feet on up. Be careful not to brush too hard so your skin doesn’t get irritated.

  • Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on the principle of balancing Qi (more commonly pronounced as chi), the life force that harmonizes all functions of the body. An acupuncture treatment can help you eliminate cravings and can assist in getting rid of toxins through the urinary tract. The theory is that if the body is operating as normal as possible, then it will naturally get rid of waste material and toxins that it does not need. An acupuncture session can usually last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and generally people will be treated 2-3 times per month when they are trying to detox.

  • Juicing

This is another more common form of detoxing that seems to be taking the world by storm. There are a wide variety of methods that have been used, but they are all generally based on the same principle: replacing a meal or meals with juices that are packed full of essential nutrients and are designed to help rid the body of impurities and toxins. Juice cleanses can last for three days or 30 days and can replace one meal or all your meals. The choice is up to you. Just remember to consult a health-care professional before doing a juice cleanse to make sure your body is able to adjust properly to the change in diet.

  • Herbal Detox

There is a lot of benefits when choosing to use natural herbs to help your body to detox. Various different herbal combinations can be used to target different types of toxins and/or different body systems. However, please to always be mindful about the diuretic effects of some of the less-costly herbal teas that claim to have detox effects. The diuretics are not the preferred way to do a detox as it can pull out disproportional amount of good nutrients such as potassium and other vital minerals out of our body system. I would always consult someone qualified in herbology to help you choose wisely what’s the best herbal detox for you.

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