Detox Process

Our bodies have a sophisticated biochemical detoxification system that works to keep us clean and healthy every minute of the day. We are all constantly exposed to environmental toxins in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and in the food we eat.  We are all challenged with chemicals on our clothes, our furniture and homes, our cosmetics, shampoo, laundry detergents, our food storage and food containers we buy from the grocery store. We encounter toxins in our workplaces and recreation areas.

Our bodies create toxins, even in those of us who lead very clean lives, and we encounter naturally occurring toxins in our environment that enter our system. The human body has an elegant system of compounds, enzymes, and biochemical engines that convert internal and external toxins to less active substances that are more easily excreted. The liver is the main detox organ filtering products absorbed by the intestine. Our kidneys filter unwanted materials into the urine. Our intestines excrete unwanted compounds. Our lungs expel volatile gas waste. Yet each day we still need help to keep up with civilized societies’ chemical advances.

The STARTdetoxing system is a sophisticated approach to reasonable detoxification. We have meticulously selected ingredients that have been studied to assist in the body’s naturally developed detoxification apparatus and support overall immunity. STARTdetoxing is not a replacement for healthy living; STARTdetoxing is an aid to managing everyday environmental challenges and stress.

All of us have a genetic code that works to oversee cleaning our bodies every second of the day. We breathe in air with oxygen that is necessary for life, mixed with other natural gases that have been in our atmosphere for millions of years. Unfortunately, our air is now also mixed with vapors, many of which are man-made from car exhaust, manufacturing production from pharmaceuticals to building materials, dust and byproducts of farming, as well as gases that come from food packaging, rugs and fabric, and cleaning chemicals. Even cosmetic products that we think are designed to make us look healthier, stay younger, and feel more energetic could be releasing toxins.

Our bodies use the food we eat for energy, for building and growing, and for replacing worn out and damaged tissue every second of the day. We know our skin and hair are constantly being replaced, our oral tissues and the intestinal lining is constantly being renewed, and our blood and organs constantly are monitored and repaired to keep us both alive and feeling well. Other organisms live inside our intestines and work together with our bodies to provide a more efficient system for digestion. 

We also require water. About 60 percent of our body is water. Adequate hydration helps remove waste from cells, makes digestion and nutrient delivery more efficient, helps regulate temperature, helps our kidneys filter out waste, and helps our colon stay more regular.

So if our body already keeps us clean, why the need to do more to detoxify? As conscientious as we are in selecting the food that we eat, the water that we drink, the products that we put on our skin, most of us cannot control or know the “quality” of these essentials. Even when we grow our own food, and filter our own water, we live in a global environment where the rain and air impact these essentials. Even if you are an organic chemist, it is difficult to keep up with and know how many man-made chemicals are in everything from our shampoo to toothpaste to skin treatments, much less decipher the “natural” components in our packaged foods. And try as we may, unless you are vegan (and good at it), eating meat and fish can expose us to heavy metals, antibiotics, and other organic chemicals.

Research now has documented that most, if not all, of us in industrialized nations have been exposed to chemicals considered persistent bio-accumulative toxins (PBT’s). These are compounds that become concentrated in our bodies because our intake of them is faster than the ability of our system to excrete the toxins. These can include both naturally occurring (lead and mercury) and man-made compounds - many perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and many polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - found in many places including food containers, fabrics, and even microwave popcorn bags. The CDC lists these as impacting brain development, endocrine function, growth, brain function, and cell repair (resulting in increased risk of cancer). The compounds mostly were developed to make our lives easier, and to sell more products, but with unknown long-term effects that now work against us to having a longer disease-free and pain-free life.