A body toxin may be defined as any substance that is potentially injurious, destructive, or fatal to human health. Some toxins come from dietary or environmental sources, some are manufactured within the body, and all toxins are potentially harmful because they are part of the process of developing illness and disease.

The human body contains a natural detoxifying system. Normally, toxins are processed through the liver, kidneys, and lower intestines. These organs either convert toxins to a more benign substance or they excrete them out of the body in order to prevent damage to other, more elaborate organisms like the heart and stomach. However, the natural process of detoxification is not always adequate to handle the amount of toxins that are introduced into the body through the diet and the environment. Sometimes additional attention, and help, is needed to reduce the introduction of toxins into the body and to remove undesired toxins already in the body.

If your diet includes a high level of fat or sugar, if you drink coffee or alcohol, smoke cigarettes, take any drugs or medicines, or are exposed to harmful environmental chemicals from any source, you may wish to consider healthy ways to detoxify your body . Symptoms that indicate an accumulation of toxins include fatigue, irritability, skin problems, digestive difficulties, aches and pains, and constipation. Sometimes these symptoms can indicate a more serious medical problem so it may be a good idea to consult with your doctor.

Many people have found that dietary changes, colon cleanses, saunas, or taking vitamins, herbs and other supplements can be effective ways to detoxify the body. Most detoxification programs include drinking lots of water or juice. Drinking herbal teas is another cost-effective way to aid in purifying the body. Many herbs contain powerful antioxidants, which are substances that protect against cell damage.

Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture have found that herbs such as oregano, dill, thyme, rosemary and peppermint contain more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. The Chinese have been using herbs such as ginseng, Huang Qi, and angelica root (Dong Quai) for thousands of years to detoxify the body and balance the body's energy so that it is able to heal itself.

The goals of detoxification are to improve immune functions, purify blood and reduce the amount of toxins in the body to reduce the burden on the body's organs. People who have gone through a detoxification process have noticed many different benefits. A few of these include: improved energy, stress relief, improved skin health, reduced headaches and other aches and pains.

To begin your own detox program, make sure you do your research and find a time-proven detox program that is gentle on the body's system. Try to talk to other people who have gone through the detox program and hear what their experience was and what benefits they have gained.