The addition of a detoxification routine gets your body doing the things it does best to heal itself. Our bodies signal an overload of toxic substances in many ways: headache; muscle and joint pain; fatigue; irritability; depression; mental confusion; gastrointestinal tract irregularities; cardiovascular irregularities; flu-like symptoms; or allergic reactions, including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing. The liver, the central toxic-waste site of the body, works hard every second of the day and night to sieve these toxins. It is also a metabolic factory where everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat to the medicines we take is transformed. It's responsible for breaking down and packaging up proteins, carbohydrates and fats and, as if that isn't enough, it synthesizes bile and glycogen (the principal form in which sugar is stored) and the blood proteins that the body uses for energy and metabolism. In the process, the liver is guilty of accumulating these toxins. Often, it stores a surplus of toxin in the fat of our body so as to get it safely out of general circulation. We can hardly expect a busy factory not to produce some waste. The liver is capable of healing and regenerating itself, but an overloaded liver leaks poisons into the bloodstream that can injure organs and diminish our health. We need to help it along with a routine, health-optimizing cleansing.