Detoxing vs Cleansing, Which is Better?


I don’t know if you have ever had the same experience as me but I have gone through my phases (generally at the beginning of summer and the new year) where I commit to become more healthy. Due to this new found commitment I look to all the experts on Pinterest and Facebook to see what products will help me the best.

What I usually find is a million and a half products that make absolutely no sense. They name some random unknown mineral and body part, claiming that by helping that one organ I will become significantly more healthy.

Now don’t misunderstand, I’m sure that many of them do help. The problem is that there are a ton and many claim to provide a detox or cleansing to get you started. I didn’t even know what these words meant.

Saying that you’re on a detox or cleanse tends to evoke a certain thought or comparison. In all honesty these two words are used as synonyms for each other most of the time. Hopefully I can make the differences more clear and point out some important similarities.

What is a Detox?

A detox is focused on removing toxins from your body. Many times our body builds up toxins from the food we eat or even from the air.

If you’re in a harsh environment or around chemicals often a detox is great way to remove the residue from your skin and bloodstream. A detox is an effective way to remove toxins from your skin and from your blood stream.

What is a cleanse?

A cleanse is focused on removing toxins as well but mainly in the digestive system. The cleanse, depending on what type of cleanse it is, is meant to remove toxins from your digestive tract as well as any build up.

With the diets that most of society has today a cleanse is incredibly important to help keep your digestive tract in tip top shape. Usually people use a cleanse to help with constipation due to the amount of fiber that is generally in cleansing products.

What are the differences?

The point of both a detox and a cleanse is to remove toxins from your body. The methods and the focus is what seperates the two.

A detox, although it can be focused on an organ or system, is meant more to clear the skin and bloodstream from toxins. That’s why detox baths and salts are usually effective.

A cleanse on the other hand is more focused on the digestive tract and colon. The point is to remove toxins from the things we digest and to remove build up in the bowels.

What are the similarities?

The main similarities is that both a detox and a cleanse remove toxins from the body. Both are very important especially as we get older and the build up gets more difficult for our body to take care of naturally.

Hopefully this helps clear up some confusion. Next time you make a commitment to be healthy definitely see if a detox or cleanse is the way to go. Having done both, I know that they do benefit you but the focus is different. Try them out, even talk to a doctor and see which one would be the best option for you.

About The Author

Kaili SpearsKaili Spear is an intern at HerbalDoc. She is working towards her Bachelors in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. She is happily married and expecting her first child. She enjoys social media, cooking, and a lively debate.