The best detox is free and easy

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Why you can skip the fancy detox drinks and foods ... and let your body do the work.

There is a lot to be said for the idea of eating powerful foods that can flush toxins from the system. We are surrounded by industrial pollutants, consumer products are laced with questionable compounds, and much of our food is infused with synthetic chemicals – in general, modern life can be a toxic affair. Combine that knowledge with the fatigue and stresses of contemporary existence and it's easy to see why many people feel as if they are being subtly poisoned. So of course, when this juice and that vegetable and those supplements, etcetera, all promise to rid the body of the things that purportedly ail it, we jump into the smoothie line and figure out new ways to eat raw kale.

But according to toxicology expert Raychelle Burks, our bodies are already doing all of the heavy lifting when it comes to detoxing. The video below comes from Reactions, a video series produced by ACS and PBS Digital Studios; in it, we learn about the processes that the body performs in order to keep things tidy on the inside. Of course, sometimes the body might require proper detoxing, but when it gets to that point, explains Burks, it's a job for the hospital, not Juice Generation.

Burks stresses the importance of moderation and eating fruits and vegetables rather than four cheeseburgers a day. But as for the other expensive things promising a pure you, she says, your body is already on it; "your stomach, your intestines, your liver, your kidney ... everyone is involved, it's like a party down there," she explains. As long as you are otherwise healthy, your body is incredible at what it does. Watch how it all works here:

What do you think? I'm still going to make my weird smoothies because it helps ensure that I eat enough fruit and vegetables and I use up our less-than-beautiful produce in them. But the $10 designer detox juice? I'm giving the job to my liver.

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