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How Detox Helps You Lose Weight

detox and weight lossDespite efforts to reduce or eliminate the number of potentially harmful chemicals in consumer products, the agriculture sector, and our waterways, people and companies still improperly use and dispose of these chemicals. Worse still is that many of these chemicals are resistant to biodegradation and will be with us for centuries.

So despite your efforts to live a clean lifestyle, exposure is inevitable. But there may be hope. Research suggests that when toxins enter our body, they sometimes end up in our adipose tissue, which is the body’s fat tissue where energy is stored. So detoxing the body and losing weight may lead to these chemicals leaving the body.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can use detoxification and weight loss to support detoxification.

How Toxins Enter Our Bodies

Even if you’re the healthiest person on this earth, there is still really no possible way to avoid toxins all together.

Toxins are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the products we use.


Many people don’t think about how our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies even more so than what we put in our mouths. When we eat, our digestive tract helps clean up some of the yuck. When we put things on our skin, most everything absorbs right through to our blood.

So, the sassy ingredients used in most skin & beauty products are one-way toxins pass through. Don’t forget about cleaning supplies, bug sprays, sunscreen, etc. We probably put more things on our skin than we realize.


Living in a developed nation has both its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to water access. On the plus side, for most people, what comes from the tap will likely never cause you any serious problems. The downside is that populated areas are all fighting over the same water supply. That means a lot of commercial and industrial development is build around waterways and water found underground.

Exhaust from vehicles, oil, sewage, improper disposal of waste, and chemicals, among other things, can find their way into the ground or flow into clean water supplies. Thanks to complex filtration processes, much of this won’t reach your faucet, but there still are risks. Common impurities found in public water supplies include:

  • Lead.
  • Mercury.
  • Arsenic.
  • Radioactive substances. 
  • Copper.
  • Chlorine.
  • Nitrates.
  • Fluoride.
  • Manganese.

While small amounts diluted in the water supply may not be immediately dangerous, it also isn’t entirely known what the long-term effects of exposure may be. Using a water filter rated to reduce or remove these and other compounds that may be in your water is one option to consider.

Food… food… food.

If only it were easy to avoid all the human-created extras in our food. Pesticides, additives, artificial coloring, preservatives, harmful contaminants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated biphenyl and dioxins found in animal products, mercury in fish, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone), arsenic in chicken meat, and bisphenol-A (commonly found in canned foods). These are only some of the issues with our agricultural industry.

Your best bet is to eat as close to the earth as possible. Meaning nuts and seeds, organic produce, avoid sugar (except natural sugar in fruit), and so on.


We won’t go too deep into toxins in the air. What is the water supply is also sometimes found in the air, among other things, such as pollution, combustibles, flame retardants, and paint fumes, and so forth. The crazy thing is, your house has more toxins than the outside air if you keep windows closed and have carpets, furniture, and cleaning supplies containing potentially harmful chemicals used during manufacturing. 

A Cleansing Detox With Weight Loss Benefits

clean eating and weight lossNaturally your skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems work hard to eliminate toxins from your body. But, these days the toxic overload is too much for our poor organs to handle. Especially with buildup over time.Detoxification is a healthy and natural way to help your body get rid of harmful toxins. When it is done properly, it is one of the best things you can do for yourself to prevent health issues or even lose weight. Doesn’t it make sense to clean your insides? If your organs don’t have to focus all their attention on the toxic build up, then the nutrients will be able to do what they need for your body.The losing weight part is just an added benefit! When your body eliminates harmful toxins, the fat that is stored to help protect your body will also be eliminated.

How to Detoxify the Body

  • You can simply exercise and eliminate toxins through your sweat.
  • Drink lots of water and flush out the toxins through your urine.
  • Getting a massage or doing yoga release toxins through your skin.
  • Eat only organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Drink plenty of water and herbal tea! This gives your organs a chance to catch up with eliminating your toxic build up.
  • Using nutritional products is also an option to assist your cleansing detoxification process.

When using supplements to assist in the detoxification process, it’s best to consult your healthcare practitioner before you begin taking them.

Cleansing your body once in a while is a great idea and comes with many benefits including weight loss. It’s a great idea to try a cleansing detox if you’ve been working hard to lose weight and it just isn’t working. It’s also a great way to maintain your ideal weight!

Happy detoxing!

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8 Responses to How Detox Helps You Lose Weight

  1. Jim Edwards February 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    As a New Yorker I would detox the largest organ first which would be the skin via magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salt) baths weekly.

  2. Ontgiften van het lichaam September 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Dear Ashley,
    Along the same lines,, I’ve been on the shot for about 1 year and i’ve gained 20lbs while still eating the same. I have recently just stopped using it and i’m going to switch to Yaz. I’ve heard that after using the shot its hard to lose weight? If so do you have any advise for me, like doing a detox or something to kick start my diet. I already workout 5-6 times a week with alot of cardio. I weigh 143 and just want to get to 125 again in 3-4 months.
    Catch you again soon!

    • Ashley Steinbrinck September 17, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Alice, as a disbeliever in birth control – I’d think you could have similar or different issues even with Yaz. Eh – yucky stuff. And weight gain isn’t the only health issues that come from birth control like Yaz. Do your research on it before you decide. Maybe look up “functional medicine practitioner” in your area. They would have some good advice as they believe in your biochemical make up and nutrition. In order to shed the 20 extra pounds, you could definitely do a detox – I think it would be a great idea! In fact, I’m doing one right now too! Just nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies (skip oranges & peanuts if you can). I love making green salads with all sorts of veggies and a mix of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Top it off with some sunflower seeds, walnuts or almonds. mmmm good. Also love cutting up a sweet potato and coating the slices with coconut oil and salt/pepper. Then bake at 425 for 20 minutes flipping halfway through. So good. Also love sauteed veggies of all sorts – add a little cinnamon to it and you’ve got a delicious meal. Good luck!

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