As much as we would all love to be the paragons of healthy living, we don’t always maintain those ideals. Reality has too many pitfalls - sweets, sodas, hamburgers, pizzas, beer, name your poison. Living in moderation is fine, but from time to time, we need to cleanse our systems, so that we can continue to live in our chosen ways without adverse effects and chronic problems. And, who knows? Maybe a good detoxification session may convince us to choose healthy living as a more permanent lifestyle.

Strictly speaking, detoxification means cleaning the blood by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination, and through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin, where the body also gets rid of toxins. However, when this system is not at its peak, impurities aren't properly filtered and every cell in the body can be affected poorly. Therefore, detoxifying consists of a natural kidney cleanse, a natural liver cleanse, and a cleansing of the overall circulation system.

In order to begin a process of detoxification, you need to stop intake of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, processed sugar, and saturated fats. A good practice is to avoid meats altogether, eating only fibrous foods and vegetables. Dark greens and sea-based vegetables are excellent detox meals. It is also important to cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea. Maintain this process for 7-10 days, exercising with a practice such as yoga or tai chi, in order to sweat out toxins as well.

Detoxing is a great way of rejuvenating your overall system. Some experts suggest that we detoxify at least once a year, irrespective of how we live or eat. “Detoxing,” as it is commonly called, consists of several steps, and can vary from practitioner to practitioner. Some methods are considered more controversial than others, and anyone interested in participating in such a program should consult a physician or caretaker.