Understanding Detoxification

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Detoxification has become a huge movement over the last decade, and there seems to be an unlimited number of detox programs, regimens and methods circulating around.   If you have never tried doing a detox, it may be confusing to decide what is right for you, or even if you need detoxification.

Let’s back up a bit and discuss what we mean when we discuss detoxification.  The textbook definition of detoxification is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or actively tries to rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.  Did you know that one of your body’s primary functions is to get rid of toxins and other harmful substances?   This is the natural process of detoxification.   But your body is only able to do so much and if we expose ourselves to more toxins than the body can eliminate on its own, those toxins can build up and lead to a number of health problems.   At that point, a detox becomes something that you should look into as a way to support the organs of elimination and help them “catch up”. The best and safest way to start any detoxification program is to consult a health professional who will help pick the right one for you.


There are hundreds of detox programs out there. Although most programs revolve around eating or eliminating certain foods, sometimes there’s more to it than that.   It will boil down to your specific situation and what you are trying to accomplish.    Are you trying to detox from airborne pollution or chemical food additives, do a basic liver detox or try something else?  Your program will differ based on what your specific problem area is, and again, that is why it’s important to involve your doctor.

Here are the questions you need to answer to help guide you to the detoxification plan to follow:

  • What negative symptoms am I experiencing
  • What am I detoxifying from
  • How long can I commit to a detox program
  • Am I willing to do a drastic detox or am I looking for something less rigorous
  • What are the results you are looking to achieve
  • What areas of my life am I willing to change, and for how long
  • What specific changes am I willing to make (diet, supplements, exercise, meditation)

Your detoxification program may include one or more of the following:

  • Liquid-based diets, or a focus on hydration
  • Eating only raw or unprocessed foods
  • Taking supplements
  • Herbal and homeopathic medicines
  • Exercise/yoga/meditation
  • Eliminating problem foods (e.g. dairy, sugar, caffeine, starchy foods, etc.)
  • Use of a sauna


Whether you are embarking on a major detox program or you just want to give a boost to your body’s own defenses, one easy thing that you can add to your routine is one of Liddell’s Detox formulas.   We’ve created seven unique detox formulas that work to help complete the body’s process of detoxification by stimulating the principle organs of elimination and by strengthening immunity.   Each bottle contains enough for a full one-month detox.



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