Why We’re Overloaded with Toxins
Your body’s detoxification system is powerful. But in our modern age, it’s also likely under considerable pressure.
Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals, chemicals, and stress can all strain your natural detoxification systems. It’s like one person is mopping the floor while another is stomping around the kitchen in muddy boots.
Stress can also play a part. It diverts energy and other resources from the detox process. The physiology of stress is rooted in the “fight or flight” response. The body interprets this as signaling a clear and present danger to our continued existence. But because most of our stressors are mental and emotional (financial worries, relationships…), the body can under-prioritize detoxification even when it’s the most useful thing it could be doing.
Does “Detoxing” Help?
The term “detox” has many different uses.
Because “detox” has become such a massive health buzzword, the term is, unfortunately, used to sell a lot of products and services with no basis in science.
Some detox programs recommend using laxatives or diuretics, going into “starvation mode,” going overboard with unsustainable exercise routines, popping unproven (and expensive) supplements, drinking diet sodas sweetened with dangerous chemicals, or even going on a grapefruit diet. None of these approaches prove to help in the long run. The best and safest way to detox is to eat real, healthy foods. Regular short intermitted fasting such as a weekly 16-hour fast once a week is also highly beneficial.
Unlike many of the popular “detox” programs and supplements out there, i approach detox as a way of life. I aim to exclude foods that contribute to toxin buildup such as wheat, dairy, sugar and red meat and I eat foods that enhance detoxification. In addition to that, I incorporate a 16-hour fast once a week by eating my last meal of the day before 6:00pm and delay my first meal the following day till 11:00am.