In this article:
- Detox 101: What does it really mean?
- What are the health benefits of detoxing?
- Try the Detox Trio: Glutathione, Vit C and Omega-3s
- Tips to detox safely and effectively
Don't get me wrong, we really earned this summer and all the sun-soaking, socializing, and occasional over-imbibing. After over a year of lockdowns, I think we are all feeling a little "fomo" and we used summer to catch up! Whether your summer is coming to an end or you are looking for a way to refresh and continue on, detoxing your body might provide the extra spring in your step to carry you into the next season.
So what is a “detox” anyway? No surprises here, but detoxing is not an eraser that eliminates damage from overindulgence or free radical exposure overnight. There is no magical detox diet or tea that can flush the body of all damaging free radicals or toxins. Instead, healthy detoxes facilitated with vitamin supplements and plenty of water can support the body's natural detoxification process. The vital organ systems that detox the body include the lungs, the skin, and the digestive system, but the two primary "detoxifiers" are the liver and the kidneys. The detoxifying processes of each of these organs differ:
Each of these organs can be bogged down by heavy metals and other toxins. Some signs that your body may be ready for a good detox are:
While many different supplements and teas claim to be the ultimate detoxifier, they don't often specify which organs they are detoxifying, how they are detoxifying them, or what they are detoxing them from. Following a detox diet that is filled with healthy and raw foods may support your general well-being. However, this doesn't necessarily mean it will kick-start detoxification. With that said, many people who make healthy food choices and drink plenty of water, as prescribed by detox diet plans, claim to see the following improvements in their overall wellness:
Whereas some detox programs claim that a singular food or vinegary juice can "clean you out" in a good way, they often leave you in the bathroom instead. Rather than juicing every green thing in sight, consider adding these scientifically-backed, natural ingredients to your detox plan and help support the vital organs in charge of eliminating waste and unwanted toxins.
Before you brave a strict detox, remember to consult a doctor. If you think you are suffering from chronic disease or symptoms you can't seem to shake, a weekend detox probably won't do it. However, you may be able to boost your overall health with a couple of safe, effective, and natural supplements. For more information about the powerful effects of glutathione, vitamin C, or omega-3s, head over to the Amandean blog or reach out directly to team Amandean!