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Detox - effect, implementation and contraindications

Detox - effect, implementation and contraindications

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If Detox is necessary or not, whether this method is of any use - this is often discussed. Doctors and therapists also do not agree on the presence of slag in the body. In any case, people who have undergone a detoxification treatment usually feel much more comfortable than before. Accordingly, there seems to be something true in the theory that the body can store waste materials that can then cause discomfort, discomfort and so many complaints over time.

Even if you are healthy, but suddenly the waistband pinches without the scales moving upwards, you are tired and exhausted, you can no longer get one foot in front of the other, or you simply do not really feel comfortable in your skin, is the time come for a detox. This can be done in a variety of ways. In the following lines you will learn something about the effect, the implementation, the contraindications and the accompanying measures.


What does detoxification actually mean? The definition for this is not possible in one sentence. Detoxification summarizes all measures that are necessary to rid the body of harmful metabolic products. This includes certain tea recipes, healthy eating, enough hydration, exercise in the fresh air and much more. Naturopathy supports a detoxification process in practice with rejection procedures, such as Baunscheidt animals (Baunscheidt therapy), cupping, enemas and massages.

Detoxing has nothing to do with losing weight. Sometimes this is a side effect, but it is by no means the first priority. It is important that the body is cleaned of its unhealthy waste products.


The effect of detoxification cannot be proven. Accordingly, this point is still controversial. However, as mentioned at the beginning, most people who have opted for a detox treatment feel really light, healthy and well-being afterwards. Detoxification is also often seen as an introduction to a new, healthier diet and lifestyle. Or the skin is completely out of balance - a correct treatment can also help here. Constant digestive disorders that have been medically clarified and for which no cause has been found - a detox time is definitely worth trying. Even with chronic diseases, such as arthrosis, which may be associated with long-term use of painkillers, detoxification is sometimes a good way to give the body some relaxation.

In any case, this is not a panacea, but with symptoms such as chronic fatigue, headache, paleness of the face and general malaise, it is certainly a start to do something good for the organism. If you are unsure whether detoxification is right for you, talk to your doctor or naturopath.

What are slags and how do they develop?

Waste products are created in every metabolic process in the body. These are eliminated by the body's "cleanup command". The organs liver, intestine, kidney and lymph are responsible for cleaning up or draining. However, if there are too many waste products or the body is simply overwhelmed, the waste is stored as so-called slag. For example, every woman knows the term orange peel. These dents, which mainly form on the thighs or buttocks, are also related to a buildup of slag in the body.

Another cause of slag is an unhealthy diet that is rich in animal substances. This overacidifies the body. And these acids remain in the organism and cause mischief there. Who does not know the aching muscles that cannot be removed by massage. These can also be related to acidification.

Even if certain vitamins and minerals, which are used to break down the waste products, are missing, slags can arise. Another reason is the environment. Toxic substances, such as chemicals from pesticides, heavy metals, hormones in drinking water or in plastic bottles, pollutants from textiles, furniture or carpets - all of this is stressful for the body.

If you read this, you will quickly notice that the so-called slag can easily form and that detoxification is really necessary from time to time.

The four detoxification organs: liver, intestine, kidneys, lymph

The liver, intestines, kidneys and lymph are involved in detoxification every day. These four organs must then also be addressed consciously when detoxifying. Different plants affect a wide variety of organs.

1. liver

The liver is our largest detoxification organ. All kinds of poisons, but also medication, are released into the bile by the liver and thus excreted in the stool or prepared for excretion via the kidneys.
Alcohol, medication, too much fat and sugar, too hasty food and additives - all of this affects the liver.

2. Gut

Nowadays the intestines of many people - especially in the western world - are overloaded, the intestinal flora residing there is imbalanced. The intestine has a large part in our immune system, which means that if the intestine is not properly intact, our immune system is not. If the intestine has to do with fermentation processes, this has a bad effect on the liver again, since it has to break down the fusel alcohols that form in the process.

As you can see - all organs work together and all of the organs mentioned have to be supported and cranked up in their work.

A low-fiber diet, too much sweets and raw food in the evening strain the intestines. Fungi and harmful intestinal bacteria have an upper hand when the intestinal flora is disturbed. Inflammation increases, the intestinal mucosa is damaged and this in turn puts a strain on the liver. Headaches, skin irritation, allergies, difficulty concentrating, indigestion are just a few examples of complaints that can arise from a damaged intestine. Accordingly, detoxification is also required here. As mentioned above, the human gut has a large part in a functioning immune system. The bacteria residing in it are necessary for defense when they are in balance. So another reason to deal more intensively with the idea of ​​a detox.

If you want to do even more for your intestines, you can do an intestinal restoration.

3. Kidneys

The liver prepares what the kidneys then bring out through the bladder. The kidneys filter around 1,500 liters of blood a day, releasing waste products such as creatinine, urea and uric acid into the urine.

As part of a purification process, the entire urinary organs are adequately flushed with the right substances. This could regularly counteract the risk of deposits and inflammation.

4. Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system also belongs to the drainage organs. It works much like a sewage treatment plant and is primarily responsible for the coarse waste that the blood capillaries cannot dispose of. The lymphatic system is like a network that runs through the body. If the lymph cannot flow properly, lymphatic congestion occurs and the body's detoxification is blocked. Therefore, a detox is recommended from time to time.

For the whole organism

As described in the previous chapters, the organs all work together. They need each other and thus purification affects the entire organism.

Internal attitude

Anyone who has decided to do something good for their body for a few weeks should not limit this to just this short time. Here the inner attitude is required. Detoxification can be a fresh start. A start with a healthier diet, a start with more exercise, but also a rethink, to listen more to your own body, to take yourself more seriously and to take care of yourself.


What is the procedure? How do you detoxify?

Purification should be done for at least four weeks. The cure itself consists of three pillars:

  1. Special measures, such as tea recipes.
  2. A healthy diet.
  3. Accompanying measures, such as movement, meditation, brush massages.

Tea recipes

Special measures for detoxification include tea recipes that stimulate the liver, intestine, kidneys and lymphatic drainage organs. This includes plants such as goldenrod, nettle, milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke and horsetail. A detox tea mixed in equal parts from the plants mentioned is an example of many. One teaspoonful of the mixture is brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water per cup and strained after about seven to eight minutes. It is best to drink three cups of tea a day - unsweetened and in small sips. In addition, two liters of still water are needed to purify the body.


The diet should be rich in bases. This means: lots of fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables and, above all, little animal. Those who like to eat potatoes are lucky. Potatoes, of course without butter or curd, are one of the most base-rich vegetables. It is best to avoid raw food in the evening. Raw food is no longer digested properly overnight, it begins to ferment in the intestine, which in turn leads to the formation of fusel alcohols. This then has to break down the liver - so no raw food in the evening.

Carbohydrates burden sugar metabolism and are best consumed in the morning or at noon, but not in the evening. You will ask: "What do I eat in the evening?" The question is justified, but not difficult to answer. Steamed vegetables, curd cheese, a small piece of fish or every now and then a small piece of lean organic meat, vegetable soups, tomato soup or a delicious autumn pumpkin soup.

Healthy foods include berries (e.g. blueberries), garlic, pomegranate, tomatoes, sprouts, wild plants, oil seeds, parsley, celery, bell peppers, green tea, citrus fruits and much more.

Accompanying measures

Detoxification must be supported with accompanying measures. These include, for example, base baths, exercise, relaxation, nutritional supplements, brush massages and saunas.

Base baths

These are carried out no more than once or twice a week. If you don't feel comfortable in the tub, you must stop bathing immediately. If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about it and never bathe when you are alone.

A wide variety of base bath mixtures are available commercially. However, if you don't want a mixture and prefer a cheaper, but also effective alternative, go for baking soda. 100 grams of soda powder are dissolved in the bath water, which should be between 37 ° C and 38 ° C. Lie down and enjoy. You should stay in the tub for about 45 minutes. Do not rinse off afterwards, just pat the skin dry. It is also important to have a rest.

An alternative is a salt bath. You need about two kilograms of salt for a one percent salt bath. Himalayan salt is recommended for this. This is filled at around 37 ° C in the already full tub and stirred with your hands until the salt has completely dissolved. The bathing time is a maximum of 20 minutes, since a salt bath is quite exhausting for the body. Afterwards, as with the sodium bath, the skin is only dabbed off. It is also absolutely necessary to rest here.


Moderate exercise is usually important for everyone. But especially during a detoxification, physical exercise is essential. This doesn't have to be a sweaty, exhausting sport. In the first place is that the movement should give pleasure. Those who have never done sports before simply start with daily walks. That is quite sufficient. Exercising outdoors in the fresh air is the be-all and end-all. If you want to detox, you should also see this as an introduction to regular sporting activities.


Movement can also be relaxation. Getting your head free during a walk in the great outdoors can be very relaxing.

Others, however, prefer meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation or autogenic training. Choose your personal relaxation method.

Nutritional supplements

Nowadays the body is exposed to tons of free radicals. These arise, for example, from stress, improper nutrition such as fast food and environmental toxins. The body can often no longer handle this amount. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, selenium, OPC, glutathione, flavonoids, lycopene, phenolic acid and much more are needed here. It is best to get advice on this. Buying on your own is not recommended. The right substances in the right amount and in the right quality are important.

What is recommended together with detoxification is taking healing earth. This is a powder that binds toxins, pollutants and acids in the intestine and excretes them naturally. The ingredients also have a positive effect on the skin and connective tissue. Healing earth does not have to be in the form of powder, but can be taken quite comfortably in the form of capsules. Adequate, additional hydration is essential when taking.

Brush massages

As they are stimulating, the brush massages are always carried out in the morning, and preferably every day. Choose a brush that is comfortable for you. Under no circumstances should it hurt. Always start with the massage away from the heart, i.e. with the right side of the body, the right foot - on the outside upwards and inwards towards the foot. Then up on the front and down again on the back. Then do this with the left leg. Then the right and then the left half of the buttocks come into play. This is followed by the right and then left arm - starting from the hand towards the shoulder and back to the hand. The chest is encircled in the shape of an eight, the belly clockwise. In the end, it's your back. A brush with a handle can help you or you can get help. You will see that the massages really get you fit. Afterwards you can pamper yourself with a body lotion.


A visit to the sauna also helps to detoxify. However, you should only do this if you are healthy, do not have high blood pressure and do not have vein problems. If you are unsure, consult your doctor beforehand. Once or twice a week, the sauna would support general detoxification.

General tips

Adequate hydration must be considered when detoxifying. The slags are released by the medicinal plants used and must be washed out. Those who consume healing earth have to drink one or two more glasses.

Cold-pressed, high-quality oils are the absolute must for the preparation of the dishes. Watch out for fresh food and stay away from ready meals. Coffee and sugar should be reduced, alcohol and nicotine are best avoided entirely.

Try to get enough sleep and remember to take a break every now and then.

Support in naturopathy

Therapies from naturopathic practice support the detoxification process. These include cupping, Baunscheid therapy, massages, foot reflexology, Gua Sha (scraping method from the TCM) and Schüßler salts. In some practices, enemas or leech therapy are also used. (sw)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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