Detox Vs. Cleanse- What's The Difference?

Detox Vs. Cleanse- What's The Difference?

There's so much pollution around us these days, and the levels keep rising.  At one point or the other, your body will react to the poisons in food, water, and air. You could become ill or sluggish from the effects of pollutants. It is, therefore, vital to give your body a break from these threats to your health.

As more people become aware of this fact, there's been a rise in the detox and cleansing trends. Many people use them interchangeably, although they have different meanings.

The first thing you need to know is that the body has inbuilt systems of purifying itself. However, its efforts don't suffice, which is why you need to learn how to detoxify your body naturally. 

The cleansing journey

Cleansing refers to keeping your gut healthy. The digestive system is the route through which our bodies get nutrients. If it gets unhealthy, its functions slow down. An accumulation of waste in the gut can turn toxic, leading to discomfort and illness. 

When you experience bloating, it's a signal that your gut is unhealthy, because the build-up of gas happens when the body does not eliminate waste as it should. The food then begins to decompose. 

The digestive tract also has both beneficial and harmful bacteria. When the balance of these bacteria is upset, it causes problems. Purging is the most basic form of cleansing. It involves taking a laxative to remove fecal matter, parasites, and any other waste. The problem with this approach, though, is that it is non-selective- it clears the good and the bad. You could also lose excess water during the process, leaving you dehydrated. 

An excellent approach to cleansing is to carry out the process by healing the gut by taking care of what you eat. Junk food does not provide the nutrients that your body needs. It only messes up the digestive system by clogging it up. Also, consider eliminating foods containing soy, sugar, gluten, dairy, and caffeine and replace them with organic alternatives.

Apart from clearing the digestive tract of waste, you need to complete the cleansing process by providing healthy food that promotes the optimal functioning of the gut. Consume nutritious food that has enough fiber and that which restores the healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. 

At the start of your cleansing journey where you're cutting out alcohol and various unhealthy foods, you're likely to feel uncomfortable. However, as your body adjusts, your energy levels will increase. 

Apart from a healthy diet, ensure you exercise, and get quality sleep every night to enjoy a wholesome cleansing program.

The detox route

Another way of ridding the body of harmful substances is to undergo a detox. Usually, the body eliminates toxins through the liver, skin, and kidneys. Detoxing is supposed to boost the efforts of these organs. 

What toxins does the process target? Impurities from the air you breathe, chemicals in food such as pesticides, preservatives, and synthetic flavors, and toxins in skincare products.


The body's detoxifying organs sometimes get overwhelmed. Consuming foods like garlic, kale, lemon, pineapple, and ginger can help to detox. 

Note: Before doing this, consult a nutritionist as some foods can have adverse effects. For example, garlic thins the blood and could endanger those with blood clotting issues. 

Taking food supplements also assists the kidneys and liver in improving their functioning.


If you frequently suffer from irritated bowels, consider cleansing. Detox is better suited for when you are fatigued and suffer from depression, continuous headaches, and anxiety. A cleansing program has long-term and possibly even life-long impact, while detox is a shorter-term program that refreshes your body systems once toxins have accumulated.

With love,

​The Sole Toscana Beauty Team