The terms “cleansing” and “detoxification” (or “detox”) can be a little vague or confusing. And many sources use the terms interchangeably, which isn't helpful. The reality is, cleansing and detoxification do share some similarities. Knowing how they’re alike, as well as how they are different, can help you feel more in control of your health, wellness, and self-care choices.
In general, when we talk about “cleansing” the body, we’re talking about the digestive system and, in particular, the colon. Knowing this is important, as the dual aim of a good colon cleansing program is to balance the intestinal flora while also promoting efficient and regular bowel function.
Common cleansing approaches include high fiber diets and juice fasting. The former aims to boost the body’s innate cleansing work by bulking up stool and reducing bowel “transit time”. The latter provides a boost of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to the body in an easily digestible manner, to nourish the digestive tract while not overwhelming it.
“Detoxification,” on the other hand, is aimed at helping our organs of elimination (i.e., the lungs, skin, digestive system, kidneys, and liver) to safely remove toxic substances from our bodies. Knowing this has never been more important, as we are living in a time during which toxins are accumulating in our bodies faster than they can be naturally eliminated.
The goal of a good detox is to support these natural detoxification organs and their processes by helping to rid the body of chemicals and pollutants in order to bring it back to optimal health. Common detoxification methods include the use of clays (which help “trap” toxins and escort them out), saunas (for toxin excretion via sweat), and chelation therapy (introducing compounds to the body that cling to toxins and shuttle them out of the body).
How They Are Related
Although they are different, cleansing and detoxing are related. The clearest distinction comes, however, from recognizing that a cleanse focuses specifically on the digestive tract and especially on the colon, while a detox supports all the other organs of elimination.
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