Digestion plays a crucial role in detoxification processes. Poor digestion can result in digestive or systemic problems, such as those seen with food intolerances. Less-than-optimal digestive function can contribute to toxic accumulation. However, impaired digestion can be remedied by many simple practices and natural aids.
Small intestine detox.
The tongue is used as a diagnostic indicator in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. During a detox, one can often wake up with a thickened mouth and lining on the tongue. This is a detox reaction. The best management of this is to scrape the tongue every morning. Use a tongue scraper, a specially designed bent, flattened metal, often made from copper or stainless steel. Never brush the tongue, as it merely moves the waste around. The idea is to remove it from your body entirely.
Large intestine detox.
The bowel is an amazing organ of elimination. Controversy exists as to whether regularity is three times a day or once every three days. The late Bernard Jensen, a leader in detoxification therapy, suggested that defecation should occur every time we eat and said that autotoxification occurs if we don’t. Each time the digestive process begins, a peristaltic wave triggers a bowel movement. Individuality certainly plays a role in whether this movement is felt or heeded.
The colon is the body’s waste disposal system. If the waste is allowed to build up, it will putrefy and ferment and toxic byproducts will be absorbed through the porous wall of the gut into the bloodstream. This is the process of “auto intoxication” first proposed by nature doctors and now confirmed by contemporary medical science.
The main detoxification ally in the small intestine is bile. This is a substance stored in the gallbladder, which enters the digestive process near the next portion of the small intestine, called the jejunum. The primary job of bile is to emulsify fats so they can be absorbed into the body further along the small intestine. It is also a major elimination pathway for many waste products, particularly molecules that have both positive and negative charges, water-hating molecules and xenobiotics with high molecular weight.