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Detoxification - Why You Should Detox Your Body

Updated on February 28, 2014

Detox is a very popular technique that helps you address your unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Although most people believe it is a modern idea, it is in fact based on ancient practices found in many cultures around the world. The decision to detox may be because you want to lose weight, or get fit. But many people start in response to the fact that they are feeling sluggish, lack energy, have recurrent infections or have difficulty coping with stress. Waking up in the morning with bad breath, a coated tongue, dry skin and feeling generally unwell is usually a good time to start your detox regime.

Most people are reluctant to start such a regime purely because they believe it is going to be very hard. Giving up anything that you find pleasurable is not easy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Detox is a simple, two stage process of cleansing, followed by nutritional balance. There is no need to follow a harsh regime of fasting and self denial.

In fact it may well be harmful to your health if you try to release the toxins too quickly from your body. You don’t want to faint in the store just because you have only eaten one grape in two days. Be careful, take it easy and you’ll find that it will be a gentle process that will make you feel better each day. Detoxifying your body is meant to be a good thing, remember that and you will be fine.


Understanding The Reason For Detox

Most people regard detox as an occasional health boosting program. Ideally it should be a way of life. Detox helps rid your body of potentially harmful chemicals, as well as improving the function of important organs such as the liver, kidneys, intestinal tract and skin.

It is especially important for those of us under stress, have dry skin, low immunity and a tendency towards allergies.

What most people forget is that we live in a toxic world. Every day we are bombarded by chemicals either from our diets, lifestyle and even the environment around us. And of course the medication that we take and our own metabolism.

We all know that our diets need improving, whether this is by giving up junk foods, eating more fruit and veg, or just cutting out too much salt and of course smoking. Even exercising twice a week helps your body eliminate waste. But its so much easier just to jump in your car, especially when the weather is cold, and head to work to sit on your backside for eight hours a day. Putting it that way doesn’t sound good does it?

Exhaust fumes can cause allergies when toxins build up in the body.
Exhaust fumes can cause allergies when toxins build up in the body. | Source

Toxic Facts

It is estimated that every year in our Western society alone, adults are exposed to over 6 kg or 13 lb of food additives, colorings, flavorings, preservatives, waxes and agrochemicals. What are agrochemicals? Anything from fertilizers, growth enhancers pesticides and herbicide residues. Phew! That’s a lot of toxin. But it gets worse. We are also surrounded by atmospheric pollutants such as chlorofluorocarbons, acid rain, industrial gases and of course the most common, exhaust fumes.

And if that wasn’t bad enough we also have to put up with toxic metals, including lead, aluminium and cadmium. And don’t forget the mercury! Even our fillings in teeth are mercury based. Nice!


Even when you are exposed to cigarette smoke, including other people lighting up, you are exposed to around 4,000 chemicals. Most of them carcinogenic! Unfiltered drinking water from your tap contains traces of almost 1,000 chemicals too! And if that’s not enough, 10,000 artificial chemicals are added to our food to improve its growth, storage length and appearance.

The Liver Intestines and Skin retain toxins that detox cleanses
The Liver Intestines and Skin retain toxins that detox cleanses | Source

Organs That Detoxify

The Liver

The liver is the most important internal organ for detoxifying the body. While it has amazing powers of regeneration, it can’t take on too many chemicals bombarding it constantly. Its enzyme functions are continuously bombarded by a poor, rich or fatty diet. And alcohol is one of the worse things that you will find that attacks the liver.

When the liver becomes too overloaded, the symptoms will be noticeable in the form of flatulence, bloating and lack of energy.

The Skin

The skin is the largest detox organ and has important eliminatory functions. So many people these days suffer from inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and other minor skin infections. You may not notice your skin becoming dry or having small patches of eczema, but when you start to detoxify your body, the skin will be one of the first to improve. In fact once you get going, you will notice your skin will be so healthy it will glow.

The Intestinal Tract

The intestinal tract also has an important elimination function. There are many bowel disorders, but the most common is irritable bowel symptom. Others include dysbiosis (abnormal bacterial balance) and constipation.


What Does Detox Do?

Detox brings a number of desirable benefits. Improved health and immunity, mental clarity and extra energy and vitality. Skin will become clearer, your bowels will be more regular, and liver and kidney function will become more efficient. Stress will be lowered, and your body will start to act and feel much healthier.

Detox involves starting a long term program to rid your body of toxins. If you wish you can fast for a day or two at the beginning, but this isn’t obligatory, if it makes you feel as though you are starting out in the right way, fine but for some people it isn’t advisable. In fact it can cause the free radicals to swiftly rush around your body because of stress caused by lack of food too incorporated to quickly. It is best to avoid a water only diet and instead go for a juice fast.

Another good idea is to just eat a simple diet of organic fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereal. This is the best time to take Vitamin Supplements and herbal drinks to help your body adjust. I will be covering Vitamins and herbal drinks in the next part of How To Detox Your Body.


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi acaetnna, lol! yes this snow is driving me mad too! thanks for reading, nell

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      Well what a great hub, I really need to set myself a goal and do this. At the moment with this snow I would rather cuddle up in bed with my hubby!!!

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      Dilip Chandra 

      8 years ago from India

      Very informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing Nell. I voted it UP and shared :)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Mike, glad you liked it, I am on a no sugar thing at the moment and it really has helped, wish I had done it before! lol!

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      Mike Robbers 

      8 years ago from London

      You have done a lot of work to give all these tips. There are so many ways that poisons can enter the body.. Thank you very much for an impressive hub :) Voted and shared!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi midget, thanks for reading, and the share, have a great day! nell

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi mary, yes that definitely counts! I wish I had the will power to do that, I need to cleanse and lose weight too! lol! thanks so much nell

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      Michelle Liew 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      I believe in detoxing. Especially if one has had previous problems like cancer, heart or liver disease. Anti oxidants also help to prevent the problems! Thanks for sharing! WIll pass it on!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I have mixed feelings about this, Nell. I'm sure it would be good to detox one's system, but I'm reluctant to do it for some reason. Once I fasted for 3 days and just drank water: did that count??

      I'll get brave one day and take your suggestions (maybe)

      I voted this UP etc.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi Gordon, I think its a good idea to do this ever so often, I have tried it myself and I felt so much lighter! lol! I also add charcoal to the mix, this way it gets rid of the toxins quicker. and yes I see your point about the cigarettes, I can't stop smoking those darn 10 a day! I try, I really do, but I honestly think that to detox makes me want to give up the cigs, and it does work for a few days, good luck with it and yes why not give it a go? thanks for reading, nell

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Nell.

      Great information and I have heard of these short term procedures doing wonders in many ways. I do have occasional skin issues, so that would be the main attraction for me.

      A family member of mine tried a diet like this recently. All blended and fruit shakes, six or seven times a day. He lost eleven pounds or so in weight (his objective) and he is encouraging me to try it - not so much for weight loss, as for literal beer and nicotine detox...

      Unfortunately, my 40 a day habit is likely to see it go for a burton. I tend to eat healthy anyway (other habits aside) so do you think it would still be worthwhile? I've no idea...


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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Thanks Learn Things, I have done it a couple of times and it really does make a difference, thanks for reading, nell

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      LT Wright 

      9 years ago from California

      This is really useful information. My husband is finally getting serious about what he eats. I've been looking into detox lately as an option to improve his health.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Thanks everybody, sorry it took me so long to answer, had a few ill days! lol! I tend to use Charcoal to detox on the days when I do this. I drink fruit juice, eat raw veg and then take charcoal for a couple of days. It soaks up all the poisons and balances the body, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Karen Silverman 

      9 years ago

      i couldn't agree more Nell - people need to detox - it would actually make an impact on healthcare costs..

      We need to realize we have to take the best care of ourselves as possible - and this is a quick and easy pro-active way to do it..

      like drinking water - free and easy..

      When i think detox - the word that comes to mind is 'SLUDGE'

      Yuck! lol..

      great advice...sharing on..

      have a lovely, intestinally clean day, Nell! lol

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      JP Carlos 

      9 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      My recent physical exam showed that I have a slightly fatty liver. I don't know what it means but It does not sound normal for me. I've been trying to eat healthier and I hope I can continue this new eating habit.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting. Wish I had more willpower. I've been thinking of detoxing for a few days with just juices, fruits, and veggies. Think that would help? If I can stick to it! Great hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      9 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Wonderful hub Nell. I've done detox a few times remaining just on fruit and sprouts and some raw vegetables and it really helped in spiking the energy levels.

      I agree that detox should be a way of life by eating more of natural foods rather than once in a way get well dose.

      Voted up, useful, awesome and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I always been tempted to try detoxing my body, but never have. Maybe I'll be inspired now by your Hub.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Danson Wachira 

      9 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Nell Rose,

      I take a lot of fruits and water as my measure on detoxification and also avoid fatty diet. This is useful information and i think everyone should be cautious about body noxious foods. Voted up.

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      Mike Robbers 

      9 years ago from London

      I'd really need a detoxification. And here I found the right things to follow. Thank you :)

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      Rika Susan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub, Nell. I do think that we are so wonderfully made that our bodies do a pretty good job of 'cleansing', without our help. Unfortunately we don't always do our part, so giving our bodies a break from time to time can be helpful.

      If we can only learn to eat natural, wholesome foods (don't buy something if you don't understand the ingredients listed), drink enough water, do some regular deep breathing and exercise, we would all do so much better.

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      9 years ago from Universe

      Great hub,very interesting and looking forward to using this info!


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent hub! I've never detoxed, but I have a few friends that have. The closest I ever came to detox were my cleansings for my colonoscopies, which was actually more fastings then cleansings! I don't eat a lot of junk food or fat, unless chocolate counts...Uh oh! :)

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      9 years ago from Houston

      Nice into to a good detox. These are becoming much more popular and they are very beneficial to you body. Lots of organic green tea is very good for you.

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      9 years ago from United States

      I agree with the concept of detoxifying one's body 'cause eventually we accumulate so much fat and other toxins in our body, which stay put and cause harm in many ways.

      I have detoxified my body two times drinking clarified fat and then was given a laxative to get rid of it. Boy, I could see myself glowing after that 7 day treatment.

      voted up and sharing it across.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Thanks k9, I wrote this mainly to push myself into doing it! lol! and I managed it for a few weeks, now its time to start again! lol! hugs back and thanks so much!

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      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      What a great introduction to body detoxification. You make it so clear as to why this is such an important element for a long and healthy life. Our modern society takes a real toll on the body, inside and out. Well done my friend!


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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Vinaya, thanks, and I am glad you found it helpful, I am trying it at the moment, I have cut out sugar, and drinking loads of healthy juices! thanks again, nell

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      9 years ago from Nepal

      This is very interesting topic, you have expressed your knowledge and ideas wonderfully. I did not know much about detoxification. Thanks for teaching me.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, cclitgirl, I am glad you found it helpful, I am just about to start my detox, so wish me luck! lol!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      Great, resourceful hub. Thanks for sharing. I love herbal remedies and the like but had never considered "detox" until I read this. Thank you.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, stars, I totally understand what you mean, I grew up really asthmatic, and had terrible bouts of bronchitis, in fact I ended up in the hospital at 8 years old with collapsed lung and pneumonia, after 6 weeks of therapy size 20 tablets, elephant sized I might add! ha ha! and loads of fresh air I was better, but I can still smell all the toxins and rubbish in the air, I remember having to get rid of our birds, canaries etc because I could smell perfume that made me sneeze, when I asked an expert what on earth was the smell he said that birds have a chemical that smells like perfume, only 1 person in a thousand could smell it! thanks for reading, and take care nell

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      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful suggestions. This sounds like a wonderful idea. There are lots of toxins in the air. A few years ago I had a serious breathing problem which involved non stop coughing because of chronic bronchitis. I was taking around the clock breathing stuff with steroids because that was the only way the doctor could end the coughing. When I felt better, and the coughing stopped, I took a ride in the car while my wife was driving. My lungs, and since of taste suddenly experienced the taste of toxins like fuel exhausts, and all kinds of air polutants. I told Joann that the air was dirty, and poluted tasting. She said that she could not tell the difference. Everything was normal to her. My lungs had become very sensitive to all kinds of polutants , and toxins. People take in Lord only knows how much of the stuff, and do not realize it. God Bless You.

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      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      Very useful and informative article. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and i will Tweet this one, good hub.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting hub! You've been busy writing Nell! Keep up the good work :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Votes up, useful, awesome, and interesting Nell. This is a wonderful informative article with very useful info. I will bookmark this for sure. It is very important to detox the body, very beneficial for the inner organs. Very well done Nell. I hope you are doing good my dear. Enjoy the holiday season and take care:)

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      Kitty Fields 

      9 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and useful. I'm thinking about doing this myself.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, BeatsMe, I am learning as I read about it, all those toxins! yuck! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Jennifer, that's a good idea, I don't think I can do it before Christmas! lol! but the new year is a great time to start, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Bliss, that's a really good idea, I tend to eat what I have in the larder or fridge, but occasionally it dawns on me that I should eat more fruit and veg, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Sinea, I am glad you found it helpful, I think we forget to try and get ourselves as healthy as possible, and detox is a good way to do it, cheers nell

      Hi, dilip, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, alpha, that's so true, and thanks!

      Thanks Alastar, all fillings should be changed to the new white filling, but sadly its down to money again, scary stuff mercury!

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      9 years ago

      I've always read about detox but wasn't sure of the meaning. Now I'll have to read this series to understand it. Thanks. :)

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      Jennifer Essary 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      I've never detoxed, but have always tried to steer clear of artificial foods. Reading your hub I definitely have the symptoms of someone needing a detox. Naturally this is a busy month full of temptation. I'm putting it on my New Years resolution : ) Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      I try to decrease my toxic load on the body by getting organic foods preferably.

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      Alastar Packer 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      That's a bargain price on that Amazon "The Detox Book" compared to what I've seen some of them go for in the Barnes and Noble. It's a toxic world all right and folks better do all they can to stay as flushed of all the poisons as possible. Mercury fillings? Yea, Mercurys the gift that keeps on giving, and its turning up in all kinds of "funny" places these days. Nell, you've got an extra important one here, well done my lady.

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      Mae Williams 

      9 years ago from USA

      I think detoxing is great. Our bodies are so polluted. Very informative

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      Dilip Chandra 

      9 years ago from India

      Very informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing this good advice :)

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      Sinea Pies 

      9 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great advice, Nell Rose. The book you offer from Dr. Colbert is a good one. His story from near-death to optimum health is inspirational. If anyone knows how to get people healthy, naturally, he does.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, beth, thanks so much, and I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

      Hi, Jackie, yes even back then in Bible times people realised how good it was for the body, but as you say, its not a good idea to eat in the evening if we want to lose weight! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 years ago from the beautiful south

      Actually Nell it is called fasting in the bible and it does clear the brain and brings answers and understanding. I use to do it all the time but it does seem to get harder the older I get and like you I can go the day and then eat in the evening which for weight loss anyway is not a great idea. Great hub though and good info!


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      Beth Perry 

      9 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell, if I decide to detox I'll definitely remember these tips. Well-written and very informative!

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, thanks as always, I do detox ever so often, I am going to try it again before Christmas, otherwise I will pile on the pounds and regret it afterwards! lol!

      Hi, tammy, its one of those things that we should all do occasionally, it just takes a bit of the old will power! lol! something I don't have that much of! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, steph, I think it really is just that you need to give your body a chance to expel all the toxins, and this should only take a couple of days, even if it doesn't work completely it has to be a bit better, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Now I want to scrub my entire inner self. It is so vital. This hub is very beneficial and well written.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so informative hub. I learn many things from this hub related with detoxify of our body. I should give more attention to this. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. Rated up and useful! Cheers...


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I have often considered a detox routine, but always worried that I would give up after a few days. Good to hear that you only need to detox for a couple of days, then follow a more realistic diet afterward. Rated up!

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, World-Traveler, I keep meaning to take olive oil but forget to buy it, I will definitely get some now, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Lee, I totally agree about the toxic friends! lol! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, I am a bit reluctant to do it too! lol! I really should, maybe after Christmas! thanks as always nell

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      9 years ago from USA

      Very nice information provided here. I add some olive oil to my diet. Olive oil makes it easier for the body to do its job and olive oil is also high in nutirents that help protect the body. Voted UP and Useful.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, christopher, lol! I think I will join you! I went down the town today and forget about four things, had to go back, yes a good brain detox is a good idea! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, carrie, I can't do a detox in one go either! lol! I love my food to much, but I do try and leave it until the end of the evening before I eat sometimes, just drinking water and eating grapes throughout the day, thanks as always nell

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      9 years ago from United States

      This is a good article. People would be surprised how well they’re going to feel once they change their diet and lifestyle.

      Another thing to consider is getting rid of toxic friends. I'm sure everyone has someone in their life that's just not good for them.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      Nell, what a hub. I haven't detoxed in a while and am due one bu too lazy. Maybe I'll follow your advice and do one soon. Great article.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I clicked funny by mistake. Maybe I need my brain to be detoxed. But the hub is, awesome, interesting, useful, and beautiful.

      Thanks Nell.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi nell- very neat and informative hub!! i do feel the need to detox but cannot starve or remain only on fruits. Some times I eat less or have a good meal just once and then rest of day try to incorporate juices and fruits. I sometimes indulge in a foot detox bath as well.



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