The body naturally detoxifies itself by eliminating, transforming, or neutralizing toxins, also referred to as impurities, through the liver—our main detoxifying organ—as well as the colon, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph, and skin. When this system of detoxification and elimination is compromised, every system of the body is adversely affected. So, it is in our best interest to protect these organs.
The purpose of a “detox diet” or a “cleanse” is to support and therefore protect the detoxifying and elimination organs. Popular culture makes us believe that this requires an excessive consumption of pressed juice or starvation to yield everything from clear skin to weight loss. However, it has been my experience that this type of extreme deprivation ultimately leads to weight gain, nutrient deprivation, increased food cravings, and overall poor body function. I am a firm believer that limiting toxic foods, drinks, and behavior (like alcohol, coffee, refined sugars, processed fats, and smoking) and eating wholesome, nutrient-dense, and minimally processed food along with the necessary amount of daily water consumption brings the body back to its natural balance. Balance yields freedom from cravings, a healthy complexion, increased endurance, and a healthier and more energetic way of living.
Incorporating naturally detoxifying foods into your diet maintains optimal body functions by supporting the detoxifying and elimination organs, especially the liver, so that they can do their job to fight against toxins. In summary, by eliminating toxic foods, eating a minimally processed, mostly plant-based diet, and adding these foods that naturally support your detoxifying and elimination organs, your body can function at the most elite level of wellness. A healthy body is the best pathway to the best you.