Everywhere we are bombarded with news of toxins and detox. We are told that toxins are in water, food, air, and in products that we use everyday, but what are these destructive things? Is there a method to identify them? How can I measure the effectiveness of a detox regimen?
We are told that we can buy this or that or do activities that will detox our bodies. There are even programs to detox our minds! Of course, you must purchase a book or class for that. What will happen if I don’t act immediately? Surely, you don’t want to find out, so you buy the pill, oil, food, juicer, diet program, etc. and hope for the best.
I have started digging into the concept of toxins and detox, trying separate fact from fiction. I hope that you will be comforted by what I have learned and will be encouraged to do your own research.
I am awed by the body’s innate ability to remove toxins and waste from the body. I will define a toxin as something potentially harmful to the body, natural or synthetic in origin. We have lungs, kidneys, and liver that act as the primary agents of detox. There is nothing man has created that can do a better job. Urinalysis can measure both the amount and type of toxins expelled by the body. Liver enzymes break down harmful molecules into what can safely be expelled eventually through the intestines. The immune system takes care of pathogens. In a normally functioning body, bad things are eliminated through these basic channels.
Until recently, I thought the skin was also a way that toxins could be eliminated. I found out that it is a barrier to bad things coming in, if the molecules are over a certain size, but it is a one-way street. As an aromatherapist, I employ many essential oils as excellent cleansers in my products. What is on the surface can be washed off or exfoliated, but there is no mechanism for detoxing the body through the skin. I know this is the opposite of many claims, but scientists have been studying what comes out of the skin and it is sebum (oil from oil glands) and sweat (over 99% water). A terrible skin reaction is never detox. It is a physical or chemical burn, allergic reaction, or result of something else going on in the body, according to a doctor’s diagnosis.
Please don’t take my word for it. I am not a doctor and this is not health advice. I encourage you to research exactly what you plan to detox and how it can be medically proven when you get rid of it. My conclusion after looking up many scientific articles is that being physically healthy requires moving the body through physical activity and eating to nourish the body. Your body is finely tuned to do what it was designed to do, although sickness happens even to those who try to attain some measure of physical perfection. As a Christian, I believe that this is a fallen world, with sickness and disease, but I rejoice that one day we will have a resurrected body, that is not going to suffer with anything. It has been purchased for me without doing any detox program – it is through the blood of Jesus.
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