Here’s an easy to read intro to detox, 5 quick tips to choosing a detox program and a delicious meal-replacement detox smoothie recipe…

First, the Detox Basics…

There are 3 organs in the body involved in detox: the liver; the kidneys; and the skin. The natural detox program is not a 10- or 30-day program when you feel like it, but happens continually in your liver.

However there are times when you might want to give your liver a boost and follow a detox diet or program:

  • after a period of rich food
  • if you cannot afford to buy organic and your diet contains lots of fruit and veg from the Dirty Dozen list; and…
  • if you frequently walk in city traffic then you might want to make it a regular thing.

Dr Susan Blum, in her article at MindBodyGreen, says …

A good cleanse [detox] program is focused on giving your liver all the nutrients it needs for a tune-up, so that it can mobilize and clear out all those stored toxins that are making you fat, sick, and tired.

The liver breaks down the nutrients from our food into chemicals so it can be distributed around our body. It produces protein and stores glucose for times when we need sustained energy, and stores Vitamin B12 and iron.

It’s the job of the liver to remove the toxic chemicals we ingest with our foods: things like pesticides sprayed on fruit and veg; potent hormones injected into animals; and genetically engineered foodstuffs that will do us harm

These are all crucial jobs in our body therefore we need our liver to be in top order.

[The] sly liver doesn’t always have to fight its enemies head-on. Instead, it often uses a martial arts approach and paralyzes toxins by wrapping them in a water-soluble chemical so they land in your toilet rather than in a vital organ. (Dr Oz)

Some toxins cannot be caught so easily and hide in the fat cells in your liver. Others produce free radicals that can harm your body.

Free radicals are molecules or ions that can damage healthy cells and suppress your immune system. These take a toll on the liver. This is why it’s important to ensure you have a sufficient intake of Vitamins B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, C and E.

So getting a variety of foods and nutrients is vital to our health.

Go to the Next Page for 5 quick tips to help when choosing a detox program …