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Liver Detox or Colon Detox – Which is More Important?

As far as Detox is concerned there are 2 types of experts. There are those who are enthusiastically liver based and there are those who are equally enthusiastically colon based.

The liver is the main organ of detoxification so it seems logical to start there when we wish to detox to get some or all of the many health benefits of a detox.

The colon or large intestine is, well, large. It acts partially as a storage organ and we know what it stores! It also reduces the amount of water lost in a bowel movement and acts as the very final stage of digestion. Holding as it does large colonies of bacteria that interact with harmful bacteria carried in with unhealthy food you could say that it is part of the immune system too.

In my study and practise of Naturopathy I have mostly been a "colon centric" detoxer and it was only after studying the writings of the Master Herbalist Jon Baron that I really understood detox as an integrated whole and that is why my advice now is about understanding Holistic detox as a complete process.

Both points of view are true from their perspective – the liver does need a detox and so does the colon.

But the colon detox or cleanse must be done first!

The reasons why are very obvious.

When you cleanse, heal and detox the colon the waste matter and toxins are funnelled out through the colon itself and into the toilet bowl with little damage or effect on other parts of the body.

Working on the liver is very different. It not only has a massive blood supply but is also connected to the gall bladder and through that to the colon.

Cleansing and detoxing the liver is going to dump extra toxins into the gall bladder and that will funnel its toxins straight down into the colon damaging the wall of the colon and resulting in many of those toxins being reabsorbed into the blood.

Which is clearly a very bad idea!

This why a holistic whole body view is essential – or you end up harming one part of the body while you treat another part.

Not sensible at all and not holistic either.

And is exactly what we in Natural Medicine criticise about Drug based Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Last Words

Detox is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. The type of Detox you do needs to be well considered, gentle and holistic. You can get all the info you need on this blog and in the detox products shown in the sidebar. And you are always welcome to ask questions in the comment section.

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Thanks

Holistic Alex

Detoxin – Is This the Detox Formula For You?

Detoxin is a detox formula that I recently noticed online. I have no experience of using it but I thought it may be useful to look at the ingredients and reflect on the claims made for it.

Speaking of which here are some claims from the website…

  • Flatten the midsection & reduce the waistline †
  • Assist in weight loss †
  • Detoxify, cleanse and rejuvenate your body's filtration system-liver, gallbladder & kidneys †
  • Relief from temporary bloating †
  • Improve immune function †
  • Improve natural emery levels & feeling of well being †

 

The cross symbol references a note at the foot of the web page which says, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT."

So let's look at what's in it…

Detoxin calls itself an "Advanced Detoxification Formula" and mostly consists of 4 proprietary blends. Let's look at each one in turn…

Liver Detox and support Blend

In many circles detox is synonymous with cleansing the liver. I don't hold this view but Liver detox is vital nonetheless. This is mostly achieved by using detox herbs so we expect Milk thistle and some others and that's what we get. As well as Milk thistle Detoxin has the herbs Bupleurum, Schizandra, Vitis and ginger, turmeric and nutritionals MSM and NAC.

Bupleurum according to Drugs.com is an anti-pyretic, that is it acts to cure fever and protects the liver and G.I tract

Schizandra is also a standard herb used in Chinese Herbal Medicine and is mentioned in the Wiki as useful in treating viral hepatitis. Traditionally used to strengthen Kidney and Liver energy.

Vitis Vinifera extract – this is a grape vine and we are given no details about the extract whether it is grape seed extract for instance.

MSM is a great sulphur containing mineral and the liver needs sulphur to detox.

NAC antioxidant so it fights free radicals and oxidative damage and I have written about it here

The Gallbladder Detox and Support Blend

This formula is composed of the herbs Artichoke, Barberry and Fennel seed and peppermint – all familiar herbs used to help digestion

Kidney Detox and Support

This blend consists of Dandelion, Parsley and Cranberry and Phyllanthus Niruri.

Dandelion is one of the foundation herbs used to detox the liver and kidney but Phyllanthus is a new one to me. It seems to be an Ayurvedic remedy with recent scientific studies showing powerful healing effects on the liver.

Colon Cleanse and Detox Blend

This formula is composed of Cascara, Senna, prune, Black walnut, FOS, Marshmallow  – with 3 powerful laxative herbs this may be too powerful for some! FOS is a special sugar designed to encourage the healthy and beneficial bacteria to grow in the bowel. This helps exclude dangerous bacteria just like the consumption of real or live yogurt does.

Altogether the Blends add up to a very credible detox formula. There are some extras at the end of the label that make me a little unhappy – such as gelatine and titanium dioxide and 3 additives for colouring.

Although It has some good ingredients the proof as they say is in the pudding! Only some extra feedback would allow me to recommend it but Detoxin certainly makes it onto a shortlist of Detox formulas.

As to the claims that it will flatten the tummy, reduce the waistline etc – I'd be a little surprised although Detox may lead to weight loss so it could happen!

Have you tried Detoxin? Anything you can share? Please leave a comment below