So, given that this blog is all about detoxification, it’s important to understand how does the body detoxify? And are there ways that we can assist in the detox process?
Basically, detoxification is the cleansing of the blood. The body uses the organs to detoxify; the skin, lungs, lymphatic system, colon, intestines, kidney and liver all help to flush toxic wastes from the body in various ways. The human body removes the most amounts of toxins through the lungs.
One of the main problems that people can have is that their gut health is in a poor state from years of bad diet, and other factors. The best way to address this to improve the detoxifying process the body naturally moves through can be done through a colon cleanse.
Breathing is an important component of detoxification. Toxins build up due to shallow breathing and inactivity. Engaging in activities such as deep breathing exercises is very important for removing toxin build up in our body. This also delivers more oxygen through our bloodstream to various parts of our body to enable them to function better.
How Does the Body Detoxify Through the Lungs?
The lungs are the primary way that our body controls blood pH levels. Maintaining an alkaline pH is essential; it assists in the absorption of nutrients and improves the immune system. People today are more aware of the benefits of alkaline food and alkaline water. The primary way that we have a healthy blood pH is through deep breathing into the lungs.
Shallow breathing becomes stagnant and reduces the ability for the blood to get pumped to the brain and organs. So it’s really important to engage in some kind of activities that forces us to take deep breaths. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to do yoga, meditation, walking or more active cardiovascular exercises. Anything that makes you take a deep breath is going to improve your blood pH. Taking deep breaths helps to relieve stress and generally helps you feel better.
How Does the Body Detoxify Through the Skin?
The skin is our largest organ and the skin is always excreting toxins whether we’re aware of it or not. Sometimes it’s a bit more obvious like when it’s hot you might sweat a bit or when you have a little bit of oily skin, which is a good thing.
When we talk about toxins, there are only two main types; toxins that are fat soluble and toxins that are water soluble. Water soluble toxins are easy to pass through our system by consuming large volumes of water. The more frequently you go to the restroom, the more you flush out the water-soluble toxins.
The fat-soluble toxins are more difficult to get rid of because they accumulate in our fat cells. These are the ones that were more concerned with because they’re things like pesticides, dioxins, PCV’s and mercury. Underneath the skin is a layer of fat, which is where the toxins accumulate. When we perspire we’re able to remove some of those toxins that have deposited into those fat cells.
It’s really important to exercise regularly to help your body to perspire and release toxins via the skin. When exercising, you are going to take deeper breaths, increase the heart rate as well which pumps more oxygen through the body. We live in a society which doesn’t like sweat. This is not a good thing because the body needs to release toxins through the skin on a daily basis. This also helps to reduce the workload on the liver and kidneys.
If you’re not encouraging blood circulation through exercise and you’re not perspiring, then the toxins are going to accumulate in the skin. When the immune system gets involved, it’s because of the accumulation of toxins have reached high levels.
People start to get rashes and skin conditions because the skin is reacting to the toxins which have built up over time. We need to support detoxification through the various organs. Hopefully, you are doing deep breathing and exercising on a regular basis.
How Does the Body Detoxify Through the Other Organs?
All fluids go through the kidneys and all solids go through the colon. We can encourage the kidneys and colon to function more effectively by eating more plant-based foods and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The more frequently you use the restroom, the more toxins are naturally being excreted.
The liver is one of the most important organs when it comes to detoxification. The liver is responsible for processing and eliminating the impurities. The liver’s job is to filter out and neutralize chemical toxins that are circulating in the blood.
When we consider the question, “how does the body detoxify?”, it’s important to support all of the organs for the detoxification process and not just focus on one organ because our bodies use all of the organs for the detoxification process.
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