Posted on 03 February, 2020

Is Cleansing Important?

By Jacob Andreae in Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Nutrition Is Cleansing Important?

When you search the internet for whether cleansing is important, you get a heap of results from moisturising companies suggesting why it is important, but of course they’re going to say that — they’re trying to sell you their product. But, if you drink enough water, eat healthy, get enough sleep, bathe regularly and exercise, is it actually important?

The term cleanse and detox are often used interchangeably. They both have the same purpose — to remove toxins out of your body. But they are actually two different things. Cleanses often use supplements or pills to eliminate substances directly and normally focus on the digestive tract, while detoxes strive to support the body’s natural toxin-eliminating centres — the liver and kidneys.

Even vacuum cleaners need to be cleaned.

What are toxins?

Toxins are harmful particles such as heavy metals, organic pollutants, plastics and pesticides. They stay in the body, irritating cells, causing inflammation, and interfering with normal bodily functions. Signs you may have a high toxic load include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Bad skin
  • Problems with weight
  • Constantly lacking energy

Put most simply, you know you may need a detox when you experience these symptoms and your body is overloaded with these toxins. However, your body has its own detoxification and cleansing system — your liver and kidneys. So, do you need to cleanse and detox?

Constant exposure to toxins can compromise the function of the liver and kidneys, and our body can struggle to cleanse our organs and tissues properly. Even eating a lot of meat, dairy, processed or fatty foods can clog the system.

Take this analogy…

The purpose of a vacuum cleaner is to clean your house. But sometimes even the vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and cleaned. The dirtier your house, the more your vacuum cleaner needs to work and the more often it needs to be emptied in order to keep it functioning properly. If you keep your house clean and tidy on a regular basis, there is less demand on your vacuum cleaner and it doesn’t need to work as hard. Your body is similar.

If you keep your exposure to heavy metals, organic pollutants, plastics, pesticides, processed and fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol to a minimum, the workload on your liver and kidneys is reduced. Therefore, if you eat healthy and live healthy, you shouldn’t need to detox and your body is able to cleanse itself naturally.

Even still, regardless of how healthy you might eat and live, a detox may still be beneficial. Once or twice a year you may decide to completely eliminate everything except easily digestible foods such as steamed or raw vegetables, soups and broths, as well as of course, lots of water.

Your body has its own cleansing the system — the liver and kidneys. These systems can become compromised with constant exposure to toxins and poor dietary choices such as too much processed and fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol. For this reason, it can be a good idea to conduct a detox to help these systems cleanse your organs and tissues.

Have you tried a cleanse or detox? What was your experience? How did you feel? 

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About Jacob Andreae

About Jacob Andreae

I write and speak about Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset. 

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