Reasons to Detox 1 2 3

This is probably the question I hear far above and beyond any other. Why detox? When our bodies are designed to rid itself of waste products naturally, what is the purpose of cleansing?

Our bodies were designed many 1000’s of years ago. When ‘toxins’, as we know them today, didn’t even exist.

These days our lives are full of chemical additives, preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, colourings, flavourings, parabens and e-numbers which, in all honesty, our bodies do not recognise and, frankly, do not know how to process. In fact, the average person ingests up to 25,000 different synthetic chemicals daily. Shocked? I was.

There are primarily two different types of toxins: Exogenous Toxins, which come from outside the body and Endogenous Toxins, which are produced inside the body.

The first, exogens, are refined chemicals which are used, generally, to prolong the shelf-life and “improve” the quality, of many of the products we use today.

The second, endogens, are by-products from different internal bodily processes which give off substances such as: yeasts, fungus, bacteria, parasites, lactic acids, uric acids, fermentation and lymph.

The bodies’ incredible processes of elimination are indeed designed to rid the host of these “naturally occurring” toxic waste materials.

However, if we look at the list of exogens we ingest on a daily basis, it becomes clear “why we need to detox”.

Exogenous Toxins come from a number of different sources:

        Air: pollution

        Water: drink/bathe (tap and bottle: chlorine, heavy metals, leaching plastics etc)

        Food: fast/refined foods, additives/preservatives, herbicides/pesticides, sugar, dairy, meat

        Drink: caffeine, alcohol, soda-pop, high sugar/sugar free drinks

        Toiletries: toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, cleansers, make-up etc.

        Cleaning Products: washing-up liquid, washing powder, bleach, oven cleaner etc.

        Medication/Drugs: both legal and illegal – tobacco, pain killers, cough medicine etc. 

        Technology: computers, mobile phones, wireless etc.

        Stress & Tension: Negative emotions/thoughts, bad posture, over thinking, over working etc.

        Poor eating habits: eating on the run, comfort eating, lack of chewing etc.

The list can go on and it’s really quite alarming when we look at it! All of these substances are things in which most of us use on a daily basis. There is no getting away from it; we are full of exogenous toxins, coming from outside the body’s natural processes, many of which are derived from the same original source: oil.

Parabens and petro-based chemicals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, names, descriptions and numbers, but the general outcome is the same: dis-ease. These carcinogens are tricky little beggars. Not always obvious to the naked eye, one really needs to look at all the ingredients on the packaging in order to know exactly what you are putting IN or ON your body or environment. A general rule of thumb should be: if you can’t pronounce it, DON’T eat it!

Our bodies are not designed to flush out this level of toxicity. It IS toxic overload. This is why we must come to the aid of our amazing organisms and help to allow this natural creature, our beautiful body, to let go of all that it is holding on to.

All is not lost however. There are many, many ways in which we can help our beautiful selves to be radiant again and glow with an iridescent and divine light.

Detoxification is the key and here are a few examples:

        Rest and Recuperate at a Detox Retreat

        Daily Yoga (even 15 mins)

        Daily Meditation (even 5 mins)

        Daily Breathing Exercises

        Holistic Spa Treatments

        Go Organic!


        Use Eco-friendly products

        Drink purified water

        Weightloss spa retreat

        Etc. etc. etc.

The list can go on and on. Living a DETOX LIFESTYLE is the key. Thankfully there are so many ways in which we can help ourselves to be happy and healthy. YOU are the only one who can give yourself the gift of health and happiness. No one else can do that for you. This is the way and NOW is the time. Give yourself the gift of longevity and love yourself to LIFE!


Holly E. Mullin founded Breathe Detox in 2008. She has been actively involved in holistic therapies & alternative lifestyle since 1995. With a background in body therapies, she has a deep knowledge of the connection between body, mind, heart and spirit. Holly is available for phone or sykpe sessions, where she uses the power of Kinesiology/muscle testing for direct communication with the unconscious mind for optimum results. She facilitates a space of simple yet profound understanding and discovery to enhance your personal journey. Visit her detox retreat website for more info.