To detox or not to detox: that is the question?
BY: DR. MELINA ROBERTS
A question I frequently get asked is “Do you think I should do a detox or cleanse?” My initial response is usually that it is more beneficial to eat a good, clean diet on a regular basis than to only do a few cleanses a year.
We definitely live in a toxic world and are constantly exposed toxins in our environment from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Doing the right kind of detox or cleanse can be hugely beneficial to our health and well-being.
We are as healthy as our cells. As our cells become submerged in toxins, our cells and our health become toxic. This can be very challenging on our body’s ability to function properly. The key principle of detoxing is an opportunity to give your digestive tract a break, allow some of those toxins to move out of the body and reap the benefits of better health.
My problem with most cleanses on the market is that most are good at mobilizing toxins but not very effective at moving toxins out of the body, so most cleanses simply move toxins from one area of the body to another. Just because you are sitting on the toilet all day, doesnT mean toxins are moving out. Those kinds of cleanses never sounded appealing to me. If you are not supporting the pathways of detoxification, you cannot effectively move toxins out of the body. If the detoxification pathways are not open, then the body just starts to reabsorb and store those toxins away.
I am fully supportive of doing cleanses that open the detoxification pathways and support the organs of elimination when your body has the vitality and strength to handle this.