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How to Detox Your Body: Finding the Best Detox Plan for You

Understanding the Nature of Toxins in the Body
While the word “toxin” might sound scary, toxins in your body are actually commonplace--and oftentimes unavoidable. Toxins can be natural or manmade, and your body can accumulate toxins, not only from the environment, but by its own biological processes.
Natural Toxins 
Toxins that occur naturally are waste products of the body’s metabolic processes. They are produced by the food you digest, or even when you exercise. Toxins impact the health of your cells, and the normal removal of them from your system is important to promoting general well-being.
 Free radicals are examples of natural byproducts of the body's metabolic processes. Free radicals may form naturally when an unstable atom in the body tries to stabilize itself by latching onto a healthy atom. This creates a domino effect in which each new unstable atom tries to latch onto a healthy atom. Free radicals may form through exercise or digestion. Additionally, they can be formed as a result of stress, or exposure to harmful substances and pollutants. 
Antioxidants are nutrients that promote cellular health by scavenging the body from free radicals; essentially, they seek out unstable molecules and neutralize them. You can learn more about antioxidants in our guide What Do Antioxidants Do? Antioxidants are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and many detox diets incorporate a lot of antioxidant-rich foods. 
Manmade Toxins
Manmade toxins are harmful substances that are in our environment, such as air pollutants and chemicals in our drinking water. Alcohol and the nicotine found in cigarettes are also examples of manmade toxins.
The Best Detox is the Body’s Own Detox System
When it comes to detoxing, the body’s own detox system is highly effective. At optimal health, several organs are efficient at removing toxins from the body. The liver is the primary organ responsible for this process. Everything you consume, be it the food you eat or the air you breathe, passes through your liver. The liver stores and synthesizes important nutrients, and secretes them into the bloodstream to promote optimal bodily functions. However, it is also responsible for purifying toxic substances and clearing them out.  
The liver essentially filters toxins by transforming them into water-soluble chemicals that are then excreted through the body via sweat or urine. The kidneys support the liver in this process. An effective cleanse, like the detox component of the TLS® program, may promote optimal health, thus supporting the normal function of many bodily processes.*

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