What Is Detoxification?

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What Is Detoxification? | Vitality and Wellness

Detoxification is a natural process that occurs in your body on a regular basis. It is required by every cell to remove poisons or toxins before they cause damage to your body and increase your risk of disease or illness.

You have four main detoxification systems or organs which are;

  1. Digestive System - which removes poisons via your faeces
  2. Liver - which filters poisons, hormones and debris out of your blood
  3. Immune System - which filters out bacteria, viruses, parasites, allergenic substances, amoeba's, fungal spores and worms
  4. Kidneys - which filters poisons out via your urine

A better way to understand the role of your detoxification organs is to think of them as a filter. A filter's job is to trap particles and to prevent the particles moving from one compartment to another. Just like in your car there is a fuel filter which prevents dirty fuel from entering your car's engine. If you didn't replace your car's fuel filter when required the fuel filter would become clogged and allow dirty fuel to enter the engine. This would result in your car not running smoothly, or maybe not running at all, leaving you with some expensive repair bills.

Your detoxification organs are your body's filtering systems and if they are not able to work properly, toxins and poisons may build up in your body. This may eventually result in a number of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia or Parkinson's disease. Just as it makes sense to replace your car's fuel filter, it also makes sense to look after and nurture your own filtering systems. This will reduce the toxic load placed on your body and ensure a healthy future.

How do I know if my filtering systems are not functioning properly?

You body will always let you know if something is not right by presenting you with various signs and symptoms. Examples of poor functioning filtering systems are;

  • A poor functioning digestive filter may present as diarrhoea, constipation (not going to the toilet daily), bloating, reflux, gas or sinus.
  • A poor functioning liver filter may present as anger, mood swings, depression, fatigue, joint pain, poor concentration or high cholesterol.
  • A poor functioning immune filter may present as recurring colds, flu's, infections, slow healing wounds, allergies, auto-immune diseases or thrush.
  • A poor functioning kidney filter may present as ringing in the ears, excessive ear wax, lower back pain, arthritis or osteoporosis.

Does one poor functioning filter affect any of my other filters?

Yes, the order of your filtering systems are; your digestive system, liver, immune system and then your kidneys.

If you have a lot of signs and symptoms that indicate your liver filtering system is not functioning as efficiently as it should be, then generally you will find the first filtering system (digestive filter) is unable to cope with its toxic overload. These excess toxins then flow over and place an added stress on the next filtering system which in this case is your liver. So to help the body cope with the toxic overload in this case it would be advisable to detoxify your digestive filter first then follow up with a liver detoxification.

What does a detoxification involve?

Generally a detoxification program involves improving your diet such as eating more fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, pulses and beans whilst reducing the amount of refined white flour products, sugar, sugar products, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, deep fried foods, take away foods and caffeine products as well as minimising your exposure to chemicals.

Depending on the filtering system that needs detoxification you will also need the support of certain nutritional supplements to improve this process. These products generally include herbal mixtures, nutritional powders, tablets or capsules depending on the system involved.

Will I notice any change after I detoxify my body?

When you detoxify correctly your body's detoxification organs have the ability to function as they were designed to. You may notice an improvement in your presenting symptoms and feel an increase in energy and clarity of mind. The degree and time this takes depends on the amount of toxic build up in your body to start with.

How long does it take to improve the detoxification systems?

A general basic detoxification of the filtering systems usually takes 4 weeks each for the kidneys and immune systems and 6 weeks each for the liver and digestive systems. These detoxification programs are designed as a spring clean to keep your detoxification organs working efficiently. The more toxic build up you have, the longer the time required to properly detoxify the organ or system involved.

Should you have any health issues we strongly recommend you make an appointment so a personalised treatment plan can be created for you by a qualified practitioner.

Can anyone detoxify?

No, detoxification is not recommended for pregnant women, lactating mothers, or people with chronic health conditions and children except under medical supervision.

Do I need to cut out meat?

No, protein provides your body with a full complement of amino acids which are vital for proper detoxification. The only types of meat that we suggest you cut out are the luncheon meats such as ham and devon and fatty meats such as salami and cabanossi.

Do I need to fast?

No, some cultures believe that fasting may be beneficial, but it has been show to actually slow down the detoxification process. Eating a nutritious diet has been shown to up-regulate your detoxification pathways thus aiding your body in removing excess toxins.


Why Detoxify Your Body?

Everyday 700,000 tonnes of chemicals and toxins are released into our environment and unfortunately there are many ways they can enter into your body. You might ingest them with food and drinks, you may absorb them through your skin and they can even enter your body through the air you breathe. Your lifestyle choices can also have a big impact on your body’s toxicity with alcohol, smoking, fast food, artificial sweeteners, sweets and stress particularly taking their toll.

Yet even when living in the cleanest environment, your body produces its own toxins through normal everyday processes. It is up to your digestive system, liver, immune system and kidneys to filter, neutralise and eliminate these toxins from your body in order to keep you healthy and feeling your best. Detoxification programs aim to cleanse these organs for optimum performance.

Check How Your Body's Detoxification Organs Rate!

Scan through the symptom lists below for each of the detoxification filtering systems to see if a detoxification program would be beneficial for you.

Poor Digestive Detoxification Symptoms – bloating, gas, reflux, heartburn, indigestion of fullness after eating, abdominal cramps, tired after eating, burping, belching, skin disorders, sinus, hayfever, bad breath, bad body odour.

Poor Liver Detoxification Symptoms  mood swings, anger, irritability, depression, fatigue, headaches, dry skin/hair, muscle aches and pains, sighing, tired/gritty eyes, poor vision and or spots in field of vision, poor memory recall, brain fog.

Poor Immune Detoxification Symptoms  infections, slow healing wounds, allergies, inflammation, eczema, warts, cold sores, swelling of joints, bleeding gums, bruise easily, swelling in lymph glands.

Poor Kidney Detoxification Symptoms – lower back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, fluid retention, damaged knees, bone spurs, tinnitus, large amounts of ear wax, snorer, gout, vertigo, strong smelling urine, bladder or kidney infections.

Detoxification Programs Available Online! 

Digestive System Detoxification Program - your digestive system has many roles. It is one of your first lines of defence from the invasion of bacteria, viruses, poisons and toxins. The strength of your digestive system determines the amount of nutrients you are able to absorb from your diet. Your digestive system is home to 70-80% of your immune cells as well as being the major elimination organ removing the majority of waste from your body.

Liver Detoxification Program - your liver is your body’s V8 engine. Besides detoxifying poisons, debris and used hormones from your blood, your liver is involved in over 13,000 different chemical and enzyme reactions in your body. It manufactures cholesterol and regulates your blood sugar levels, it converts vitamins and amino acids into useable forms for your body and it produces bile to break down fat from your diet and as a means to remove toxins. Your liver has a hand in almost every body process so it’s no wonder your health suffers when your liver becomes tired, sluggish and does not function at its optimal level.

Immune System Detoxification Program - your immune system is your number one defence system. Just like antivirus software protects your computer, your immune system is responsible for protecting you from attack and invasion from many different forms of microbes, bacteria, viruses, parasites, worms, fungal spores, allergies and amoeba’s.

Not only does your immune system protect you from outside invasion but it also protects you from itself. If you suffer from an auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or Hashimoto’s disease your immune system is actually out of control and attacking various parts of your body causing you pain and disease. Your immune system also plays a major role in protecting you from inflammation which is the driving force behind all disease.

Kidney Detoxification Program - your kidneys are the forgotten detoxification organ and are much underestimated in the job they do in; removing toxins, regulating fluid levels and blood pressure, helping to create new red blood cells, producing hormones and manufacturing calcitrol (vitamin D) and creatine. Excess salt, ammonia, aluminium, urea and uric acid are all removed from your body via your kidneys.




Greg Newson
Greg Newson

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Greg Newson is a qualified Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Health Enthusiast who is passionate about wellness and dedicated in educating people of the enormous potential of natural medicine.




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