In a context where health and well-being have become major concerns, detox has not established itself as a subject of great popularity. The environment, diet and living environment are all factors that lead to daily exposure to toxins. It is therefore essential to give the body the tools it needs to get rid of these unwanted substances. But, what do we really mean by detoxification? What is it for ? And, what plants can encourage this process?
What is detox?
Detoxification, more commonly abbreviated "detox", is a process by which the body eliminates harmful and unwanted substances . Several organs contribute to the detoxification of the body such as the kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system of the skin, etc.
However, the liver is the organ that plays a central role. (1) It has the ability to metabolize different chemical structures in the environment through a diverse set of enzymes. In particular, it allows toxic substances to be transformed into water-soluble metabolites, thus being evacuated in the urine. (2)
However, sometimes the liver itself is saturated with toxins , which can lead to adverse health consequences. This is why detoxification targeted to the liver can be particularly beneficial.
Why is detox important?
The detoxification process is of capital importance. Indeed, effectively neutralizing and eliminating toxins helps preserve overall health . Conversely, scientific research suggests that there is a link between impaired detoxification and certain diseases such as cancer, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease and chronic fatigue. (3)
Where are the toxins found?
Unwanted substances are called toxins . Unfortunately, they are found in various elements of your environment. This may include:
- Pesticides found mainly in non-organic fruits and vegetables.
- Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic... Some can be found in food or even in drinking water.
- Chemical compounds: cosmetic products, shampoos, creams, etc.
- Food additives.
- Tobacco or alcohol.
6 essential detox plants
Over the years, scientific research has identified the benefits of certain plants in the area of detoxification. (1) Effective and non-toxic alternatives, these plants are gradually winning over the French. Here are 6 of the most useful detox plants.
It is a microalgae with numerous properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, phyto-antioxidant, etc. It is also appreciated for its detoxifying effects . Administered in the form of a food supplement, it fights against toxicity (on cells, on DNA) caused by Arsenic. (4) At the same time, Spirulina also has hepatoprotective effects. (1) It therefore protects the liver against damage caused by toxins and harmful substances present in the environment, lifestyle and diet. It thus allows the liver to function optimally to eliminate toxins and waste present in the body, thus contributing to a more effective detoxification process. It is best to consume organic Spirulina .
Black radish is a plant that also has well-established detoxifying properties. It helps stimulate bile production and improve digestion , thus promoting the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. By supporting liver and digestive functions , black radish contributes to the body's natural detoxification process.
Pilosella is a plant known for its detoxifying properties. It is traditionally used to support kidney function and help eliminate waste and toxins from the body through the urinary tract. By allowing better elimination of unwanted substances, pilosella contributes to the overall detoxification of the body.
This is a plant known to everyone. However, it is less known for its detoxifying properties. However, it also plays an important role in the detoxification process . By supporting kidney function, nettle helps eliminate toxins.
The artichoke is a vegetable that also has detoxifying properties, notably thanks to its cynarin, stimulating the production of bile to eliminate toxins. Its antioxidants protect cells, while its hepatoprotective effects improve liver health. The artichoke therefore helps to naturally support the body's detoxification process. It can in particular be administered in the form of food supplements . (5)
The white birch
This is a plant with significant antioxidant potential. (6) This effect helps reduce cellular damage and supports the body's natural detoxification mechanisms. White birch sap also has the ability to resist heavy metals present in the soil. (7) Finally, its diuretic properties help eliminate waste from the body through the urinary tract, which contributes to the detoxification process.
Additional detox tips
Different tips help support the body's detoxifying action. One of them is to review your diet. Favoring nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins helps provide the body with the nutrients it needs to rid itself of toxins. Reducing the consumption of processed foods, added sugars and foods high in saturated fat is also recommended. Additionally, hydration also plays a key role in detox.
Drinking enough water helps eliminate waste through the urinary tract. This also allows for proper functioning of the organs involved in the process, such as the kidneys . Finally, exposure to toxins in the environment should be avoided as much as possible. This may include using natural cleaning products or cosmetics, but also avoiding excessive tobacco or alcohol consumption. In short, detoxification plays a crucial role in preserving health and well-being. To support the body in this process, certain plants prove beneficial. However, it remains important to adopt a healthy lifestyle.