Ways to Detoxify the Body

February 1, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. detoxify /diˈtɒksəfaɪ/ (v.) – to remove the effects of harmful substances
Example: Detoxifying the body after drinking too much alcohol is important.       

2. feast /fist/ (v.) – to eat and drink a large amount
Example: I had a stomachache after feasting on Christmas dinner.    

3. take its toll /teɪk ɪts toʊl/ (idiom) – to cause damage or harm to something
Example: Drinking too much alcohol takes its toll on the liver. 

4. impurity /ɪmˈpyʊərɪti/ (n.) – a foreign substance that makes something unclean
Example: Water with impurities is not safe for drinking.      

5. antioxidant /ˌæntiˈɒksɪdənt, ˌæntaɪ-/ (n.) – a substance that protects cells from damage
Example: A healthy diet should include fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants.


Read the text below.
Chris Kilham, known as the Medicine Hunter, shared some ways to detoxify the body, especially after feasting during the holidays.

Kilham said that one’s body can naturally detoxify itself, but having too much food or alcohol takes its toll on our liver and intestines. Kilham also shared that drinking more water can cleanse [klenz] one’s system. The human body is made up of more than 70 percent water, so drinking pure, clean water will aid the detoxification process.

Other drinks that help detoxify the body include dandelion [DAN-dl-ahy-uh n] root tea as well as fruit and vegetable juices. Dandelion root tea helps remove impurities and excess fats in the liver. Fruit and vegetable juices are also recommended especially after drinking too much alcohol.

Fruits are also effective in cleansing the digestive system. Apples, for example, are rich in antioxidants and pectin, two substances that help detoxify the body.  Eating one to two apples or having small amounts of vitamin C everyday can also help cleanse the body.

In addition, Kilham said that having more herbs and fiber for a few weeks can help a person feel lighter. This method is advisable especially when one wants to maintain or to go back to his or her regular diet. He also suggested adding more leafy greens in the diet.

While having herbs and fiber is beneficial in cleansing the body, Kilham stressed that it should not be on a regular basis. He also recommends that one should first consult a doctor before trying out any detox diet.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         After reading the article, would you be willing to try a detox diet? Why or why not?
·         In your opinion, why is it important to detoxify one’s body?

Discussion B

·         How can a person have a healthy diet?
·         How do you think an unhealthy diet can affect a person? Please explain briefly.


February 1, 2014