There are many different programs on the market these days that claim detoxing your body with a series of herbs and vitamins is the way to go. A lot the materials that these companies use are synthetic and manufactured in a lab. I find this to be a tad puzzling... If we are looking to go back to nature and cleanse our digestive organs of things that shouldn't be there, isn't a more organic approach more appropriate? Cleaning out unnatural toxins with vitamins created by some scientist in a laboratory just seems wrong to me!

If you are unfamiliar with the whole cleansing and detox thing, here is an overview. Basically, as the world becomes more polluted, so does our body. The food we eat and the air we breathe just isn't natural anymore. Our foods are loaded with growth hormones and pesticides while our air is filled with dangerous gases. Cleanse diets are all about cleaning out the pipes and getting back to square one. Natural body detoxification goes one step further. It cleanses the body through the use of a strictly organic method. This means that there is no synthetic vitamins used. The natural detox outlined below is broken up into two steps - Cleansing and rejuvenating.

The cleansing portion of this program is just that - a cleansing process. It washes away all the toxins that have built up in your colon and digestive tract. Here's what you are going to do. For the next 5 days you're going to have to give up caffeine, alcohol and red meats. Now before you click the back button and get the heck away from this article, hear me out. Try replacing your morning coffee with a cup of green tea. It contains antioxidants and has been used in the East for years as a means to extend life expectancy. Replace the steaks and pork chops with leaner meats like fish and poultry. If you're one of those people that are scared of fish, keep to white ones. They tend to be less "fishy" and taste almost like chicken or turkey. As far as alcohol goes, there really isn't a replacement. The general consensus is that if you can't give it up for 5 days, you probably have a problem!

The second portion of this process is the rejuvenation aspect. It is done in conjunction with the first process. What we are doing here is rebuilding the colon and liver so it's stronger than it was before. In order to do this, you need to eat three different types of foods - Carbs, proteins and fats. It's important that you eat the right kind of these foods though. Here's a short outline. Good fats include extra virgin olive oil and avocados. There are good carbs as well. Don't believe Dr. Atkins when he tells you that carbohydrates aren't necessary. One of the best natural ways to detox your body is by eating whole grain breads. Avoid white breads and potatoes though. Good proteins are easy to find. As we mentioned in the cleansing section, stay away from red meats. You want to eat stuff like fish, soy and chicken.

That's it! If you have any experience with cleansing diets or detoxing the body, I'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below.