There is a lot of hype around cleansing and detoxing although its been a ritual in healthy living for years and years. They are interchangeable and work closely together however detoxification and cleansing have different meanings. There are a million and one amazing studies on this topic. Today we are getting down to the simplest clarification between detoxing and cleansing.

DETOX

The purpose of a detox is to eliminate toxins. Toxins are all of the harmful environment elements, metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that the body is subjected to.  Thank goodness your body naturally detoxifies itself because there is no true way to avoid toxins as they are in our water, the air we breathe and the food we eat.  The primary pathway to detoxing is the liver and kidneys. This means food cannot “detox” your body, but healthy choices can certainly help the liver and kidneys work more efficiently. Your intelligent body’s detoxification process removes toxins by turning them into waste which them is eliminated from the body. This leads us to cleansing.

 

CLEANSE

The purpose of a cleanse is to clean your digestive tract. Cleansing the body often refers to eliminating all food allergens, such as gluten, soy, dairy, avoiding processed foods, sugars, caffeine and alcohol. When the digestive system is backed up the side effects are often feeling sluggish, heavy, low energy. It also hampers the immune system and can eventually lead to the body lacking the ability to efficiently absorb nutrients, not to mention feeling bloated and uncomfortable.