A good way to think about detoxification is the aquarium analogy. The goal is to have clean and pure water in the aquarium for the fish to thrive but the diet and the environment constantly are dripping “dirty” or toxic water into tank. The “fish” (our cells) also contribute to the dirt with normal waste production every day. The first priority is to stop or minimize the dirty water. A good diet is like pouring fresh, clean water into the bucket but this alone won’t totally clean the water but just dilutes the dirt. The liver is like a filter and the intestines are like the drain. Both must be functioning well to clean the water. If the “drain” is clogged (i.e. constipation) or slow then the filter becomes backed up, slows and may shut down. This analogy illustrates how important all the pathways of elimination are in detoxification and achieving optimal health.
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