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Detoxification & calories, hydration, movement, & Nutrient Density

The relationship between Detoxification, Calories, & Energy Expenditure:

  • The detoxification process in the body requires a lot of calories. This is the top note since it is one of the most overlooked concepts in modern detoxification practices. Fasting and calorie deficit protocols (like juicing) are very popular in detoxification programs.

  • The liver, which plays a central role in detoxification, must use energy (calories) to convert toxins into water-soluble compounds that can be excreted. If your liver does not have enough calories to process the toxins the toxins will be stored for later when the body has greater calorie abundance. These detox processes involve enzymes and various biochemical reactions, all of which require energy.

  • If you are in a calorie deficit then your liver is not getting enough calories to properly filter and detoxify the body. A low-calorie diet means it will take longer for you to detox.

  • That being said, if your are eating a food that your body does not want you will feel better upon its elimination, calorie deficit or not.

  • While detoxification is an energy-consuming process, it's important to note that the body's energy expenditure varies from person to person and depends on factors like age, sex, metabolism, and activity level.

  • When you eat at a calorie deficit for too long the body will prioritize basic metabolic functions (like your heartbeat and digestion) over energy-consuming processes like detoxification, muscle building, and complex problem-solving.


Nutrient Density and Detoxification:

  • Low-calorie diets also cause nutrient deficiencies and also impact the body's ability to detoxify effectively, as many detoxification pathways rely on specific vitamins and minerals as co-factors.

  • Nutrient density in the diet is crucial for supporting detoxification processes. Many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants act as cofactors for enzymes involved in detoxification pathways.

  • A low-nutrient-density diet can impair detoxification by limiting the availability of these essential nutrients, potentially leading to slower or less effective detoxification processes.

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Hydration and Detoxification:

  • Hydration is crucial for detoxification. Water helps transport toxins and waste products through the body, facilitating their elimination through the kidneys and urinary system.

  • The liver processes a wide range of water-soluble metabolic and environmental toxins. Examples include alcohol, medications, excessive dietary supplements, supplement fillers, food additives/ preservatives, bilirubin, dead bacterial toxins, pesticides, herbicides, industrial chemicals, and pollutants.

  • Low hydration can slow down detoxification due to the reduced flow in the urinary system. Greater urinary flow amplifies your body's ability to detoxify. Dehydration can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body and hinder the normal functioning of detoxification organs like the kidneys.


Movement and Detoxification:

  • Physical activity and movement supports detoxification through amplification of circulation. Exercise increases blood and lymphatic flow. Greater flow though the system (coupled with increased hydration), enhances the detoxification pathways.

  • Heavy breathing or breath work such as during intense exercise or meditation helps the body detoxify by increasing oxygen intake and thus, circulation. Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of waste and toxins from the body.

  • Sedentary lifestyles are more conducive to toxin accumulation due to this concept. Those with a toxin overload will not get better until circulation is improved. Increased hydration and breath work can help, but will never suffice.

  • Sweating during exercise can also aid in the elimination of certain toxins through the skin.



In summary, detoxification is an energy-intensive process that requires adequate nutrients, hydration, and movement to function effectively.


A severely low-calorie diet, inadequate hydration, lack of physical activity, and poor nutrient density in the diet can all lower the body's ability to detoxify efficiently.


It's essential to maintain a balanced and nourishing diet and lifestyle to support optimal detoxification processes.

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