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What is Detox?
How long should detox be?
There are three phases of detoxification, phase 1, phase II and Phase III.
As a result of the toxic nature of modern life, the majority of the products we consumed every day and those we use on our skin and hair care consist of toxicants that place a huge burden onto our detoxification systems. Hence, it is important that the three phases work effectively to obtain an optimum result.
The most important organ in the body for detoxification is the liver. The first two phases which I considered the most important phases occur in the liver. This first phase helps in the transformation of harmful lipid soluble molecules into less harmful products for easy evacuation from the body system. This phase is aid by a group of enzymes (cytochrome P448) cable of converting harmful substances such as exogenous and endogenous toxins into less harmful substances through oxidation, hydration, hydrolysis, and reduction.
The activity of cytochrome p450 enzymes combined with good detoxifying ration which includes a variety of B vitamins, amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, flavonoids and zinc helps to neutralize free radicals (harmful by products of oxygen metabolism, capable of causing significant inflammation if left unneutralized). The byproducts from the processes are transferred to phase II in order to be metabolized.
Phase II can be referred to as the conjugation phase. When byproduct from phase I are transported to the phase II, there is a need for them to be combined with certain chemicals in order to be converted to water-soluble which can then be easily evacuated from the body system through the kidney and intestines in form of urine and bile. Glutathionation, glucuronidation, methylation, sulfation, and acetylation are all processes of conjugation involved in phase II with each requiring the addition of different nutrients such as sulfur-containing amino acids like glycine, choline, glutamine, taurine, and cysteine which can be made available through the required diet for detoxification. There is a vital need for the availability of these nutrients for a perfect result in phase II of detox in order to attain an optimum result and avoid build-up of phase I byproducts capable of causing inflammation and damage of the body tissues. Successful detox in Phase I and II will lead to the evacuation of the toxins from the body system.
Phase III of detoxification is referred to as the anti-porter system. It is responsible for the transportation of hydrophilic metabolites out of hepatocytes after conjugation phase. The system served two dual functions which are the transportation of byproducts from the conjugation phase and elimination of toxins completely from the body system after being deposited into the kidney and intestines in form of urine and bile. P-glycoprotein, the anti-porter in the small intestine that moves toxins from cells into the gut is the most common anti-porter, with healthy diet and microflora playing a pivotal role in its success. Compromising of phase III can result in accumulation of toxins within the cells and errors in P-glycoprotein can result in inflammatory bowel disease.
Detoxification Practices And How Long Should Detox Be?
How long a detox process should take depend on your approach, there are two types of detox which are short term detox and long-term detox with each with different approaches. Below are break down of how long each approach should take:
Fruit detox is also referred to as detox without fasting method. Consuming enough fruit can increase the energy level of the body and helps in maintaining body weight. This can be achieved through the consumption of single or varieties of fruits for 7 days in a row without any other diet. Oranges, grapes, tangerines, lemons, and limes are perfect of fruits that are good for fruit detox. If grapes are your most preferred fruit then, 3- 5 days is recommended.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLE DETOX
Fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrient needed by the body. Combine both at the right proportion supply the right nutrients to the body but this should not exceed 7 days in a row.
2-3 days liquid fast is another way of short term detox. A liquid diet can help in weight loss through the reduction of caloric intake and it’s capable of freeing the body from certain toxins though, it has not been scientifically proved. Water, fruit juice, vegetable juice, and tea are perfect examples of liquid substances.
LONG-TERM DETOX PRACTICES
ORGANICALLY-GROWN PRODUCE AND MEAT
Synthetic fertilizers and insecticide used in agriculture for the production of both plants and animals are one of the major sources of toxins. Chemical residues on produce constitute a large percentage of toxins so; eating organically grown produce (both plants and animals) can help to reduce the rate of toxins in the body.
DRINK ENOUGH WATER
Water is one of the antitoxins that the body need. Apart from the regulation of the temperature, it helps to maintain the body fluid level which aids the functioning of the kidney in flushing out the major toxins in the blood.
LIMIT EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL TOXINS IN THE AIR
Pollution is one of the sources of toxins; carbon monoxide, radon, and asbestos contribute to the toxins in the body. Proper ventilation is a vital need in the house as these harmful things exist almost everywhere. Also, the installation of a carbon monoxide detector in your home is one of the ways to play safe.
Before starting cleansing
Before cleansing, begin by eliminating caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and avoiding acid-forming foods. We highly recommend a diet of alkaline-forming foods and fresh organic juices a week or more prior to the start of your Cleanse. This is especially true for first time cleansers, meat-eaters, and those with chronic health problems. This helps to ensure that there is no struggle with habits that could interfere with, or reduce the effectiveness of cleansing. It is up to you, however, to determine when you are ready to start the program. Remember, if you have a serious health problem or concern, please talk with your health care practitioner before beginning.
What is DETOX?
‘Detox’ has become a buzzword that you come across almost everywhere. In the simplest term, the word ‘toxin’ gave birth to the word detoxification because, without toxin, the word detoxification might not exist. Toxin simply refers to harmful substances produced by a living organism. Within a single day, the human body is exposed to hundreds of toxins most especially from the products will use on a daily basis. In order to remove this toxin from the body system, there is a need for detox.
Detox or detoxification refers to the process of eliminating toxins (toxic substances) from the body system in order to improve the health, transform the body and promote weight loss.