Here's how the body works to detoxify and cleanse itself:
The waste generated by cells – including their normal creation, destruction and metabolic debris – as well as the toxic material brought into the body through our diets, the air we breathe and the pores of our skin, all needs to be broken down in ways that will allow it to be eliminated.
Once toxins are recognized in the body, several processes are triggered. Through digestion, foods and liquids are broken down into the smallest particles possible so that they can pass through the cells of the intestinal tract into the blood stream; however, the intestinal tract cannot prevent all chemical toxins from passing through into the blood stream along with the beneficial substances. It needs help. This is where the liver comes into play.
Toxins present in the blood stream circulate first to the liver. The liver performs its role in the elimination process by turning the toxins into harmless liquids, solids or gases so that they can pass through the body.
Another action the liver goes through in its elimination and detoxification process is to send toxins, or pollutants, to fat storage sites in adipose (fat) tissues. This is a very sophisticated process, designed to protect the body from the toxins.
Later on, when the fat containing the toxins is burned for energy, the toxins can be released into the blood stream, and recirculated throughout the body.
This can have major ramifications. Here's why. Cells create new "daughter" cells through a process called mitosis. Each cell uses the construction material available to it from the bloodstream, possibly including the liberated toxins, to create the new cells. As a result, the DNA might become damaged, corrupting the blueprint for this and future cells, possibly leading to poor health.
If the liver is overwhelmed with toxic material from the blood stream, it can become sluggish and less able to nullify, eliminate or store the toxins as efficiently. This means the blood stream would continue to circulate those toxins. Then, as other cells in the body are going through mitosis, they would also use toxins from the blood as building material. This, in turn, could corrupt other cells throughout the body.
These excess toxins can eventually disrupt the body's homeostasis, or internal balance and harmony. For many reasons, therefore, it is wise to assist the body in keeping the blood stream as clean as possible. The primary concern is to ensure cells have clean material with which to nourish themselves and construct new cells. Also, the cleaner the blood, the less likely that wastes will need to be eliminated through the skin after processing by the liver.
Effective detoxification and cleansing of the body includes all processes and organs related to elimination; it is not just the digestive tract that eliminates what needs to go. For example, if a person has a sluggish evacuation system, then some of the liquid waste in fecal matter could be reabsorbed into the body, creating a greater burden on the detoxifying system.
The best way to help the body in achieving a true, whole-body cleansing is to work on multiple levels at the same time.