Why is Detox So Important In The 21st Century?


Detoxification has well and truly pushed its way in to the modern-day lexicon, but what does detoxification actually refer to? To answer this question properly we first have to explore what detoxification is, and then look at what factors are contributing to an increased need for detoxification at this time. To finalise we will discuss why what's right for one person may not be right for another, and discuss some practical action you can take to best assist the body with this. 

What is Detox?

The concept of detoxification is as old as humanity itself. It is one of the most critical of the body’s functions, and refers to the removal of waste matter from the body via liver, kidneys and colon. This function is occurring 24 hours a day within all of us, and if it stopped for any reason the body would soon die – emphasizing it’s importance. When we talk about “Detox” on this website we are referring to this natural process, and many of our products facilitate and support this natural mechanism within the human body. These days it's not uncommon to hear phrases like liver cleanse diet and juicing detox, and these generally refer to a system of eating or juicing that can support or aid these natural mechanisms within the body.
Detoxification pathway Stage liver kidneys intestines diagram

Why Is Detox Needed?

From around the Midpoint of the 20th Century onwards, we have seen an unprecedented increase in toxic metals and chemicals in the air, our water, and in our food. Thanks to industrialisation, the level of toxins we are exposed to is 1000 times higher than any other century in human history. Atomic Bombs and nuclear power plants have added ionizing radioactive particles that float through the air, water and even our food. Cell phone technology along with computers and smart TVs have also added toxic electromagnetic fields to the earth’s atmosphere. It is for these reasons that detoxification is more important today than it was even 100 years ago, and it becomes clear why the body’s natural detoxification system may start to struggle with this unprecedented level of environmental contaminants.

Modern medicine places an important emphasis on bacteria and viruses. What is rarely discussed however, is the detrimental effect that heavy metals and toxicity is having on the human body – This is a 21st century problem and consequently isn’t on the radar of most health and wellness professionals at this time. This has led to a rise in heavy metal detox strategies, mostly put together by bio-hackers and well informed health professionals, designed to lower this heavy metal burden on the human body. These strategies are numerous, and growing ever year, and some are certainly more effective than others at achieving a full body detox. 

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What does this all mean?

Health and wellness isn’t just about diet and exercise – it’ also about limiting your exposure to toxic things. The Magnetic field of the earth has changed in recent times. The earth has become much more yin due to radiation poisoning in the last 60 – 70 years, (the atomic age). Compounding this is the proliferation of heavy metals and chemicals in the environment like never seen before. Food has also deteriorated badly thanks to the green revolution - which refers to the use of hybrid crops and pesticides and super phosphate fertilizers. While these things will dramatically increase the yield of crops, the nutrient content has gone way down. Essentially meaning that we are able to feed more people but nourish less. Electromagnetic stress over the last twenty or thirty years has also increased exponentially, via cell phones and computers.

As a result, the bodies of our generation have changed. They are very depleted, toxic and out of balance. Consequently we have all these new diseases affecting the population as people get sicker and sicker. We have CFS, yeast problems, multiple chemical sensitivity, leaky gut - all of which are all relatively new diseases. Most people today have thyroid problems for example, many people have early onset of diabetes, most people are sick. Some may not even realise that they aren’t feeling optimal. It has recently been discovered that some toxic metals and many toxic chemicals pass right through the placenta from mother to child during pregnancy. Meaning that each generation may be more toxic than the one preceding it – when you consider all of these factors, it becomes clear that detoxification an essential part of 21st century life.

toxins being passed through placenta of new borns

What can we do about it?

The best defence against the above problem is to live a healthy lifestyle, eat a nutrient dense diet suited to your unique body requirements, and to support the body’s natural detoxification processes as best we can. Even simple things like using a water filter for water detoxification. using an infrared sauna or drinking a cold press juice daily can make a dramatic difference in assisting the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. We pride ourselves in supplying the best quality detoxification tools available in Australia, and are here to guide you every step of the way.

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Credit to Dr Wilson & Dr Paul Eck for their work in this space. 
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or health condition. Please speak with a health professional before embarking on a new health care routine.